How to Make a Fresh Herb Wreath

This quick and easy wreath is made with fresh rosemary and will make your kitchen smell amazing as it dries!

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I love herbs! I love to grow them and I love to eat them. I usually keep parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme and mint growing in pots on my patio year round. We live in a warm climate, and they do quite well.

Rosemary is one of those herbs that can be used for so many things you may have never thought of! Check out these 39 ways to use rosemary. It's wonderful in any chicken dish, pairs very well with lemon and has such a clean and pleasant aroma. You can buy a 2.5 quart plant from Home Depot for right around $20 and have it shipped right to your door.

I was trimming my rosemary plant and decided to use the clippings to make a wreath, rather than toss them on the compost pile. It was so easy, and I'm going to show you exactly how to make your very own rosemary wreath. By the way, rosemary is one of those herbs that is very easy to grow, grows quickly, and lasts a long time especially if you live in a warmer climate. I'm interested in seeing if my plant makes it through the upcoming MS winter (we always pull our plants into the garage when there's a threat of a freeze).

How to make a fresh rosemary wreath

A fresh rosemary wreath is an easy way to bring a fresh herb smell to your kitchen. Once the rosemary dries, you can even use it to flavor soups, stews and other dishes.

Supplies to make a fresh rosemary wreath




Let's get started!

Clip stems and soak

Clip the rosemary stems from the main plant. You want them to be about 8-10" long. Pop them in a glass jar or bucket of water for about 30 minutes so they can get a good drink before moving on with the wreath making.

If your rosemary plants have any spider webs or you're worried about them being dirty, fill a sink with water, swish the cuttings around in the water and let them soak in the sink.


Dry stems

If you cleaned and soaked the rosemary clippings in the sink, lay them out on some paper towel to dry. They don't need to be totally dry to move on to the next step, but you don't want to be working with sopping wet stems. You can also hold them by the ends and shake them over the sink to remove much of the moisture.

Tie end of wire to wreath

Start by unraveling a little of the wire from the paddle, and wrap it around the wreath a couple of times. Twist and wrap the end over the wire to secure but don't cut the wire from the paddle!

Wire stems to wreath form

To make the wreath, you want to create a bundle of rosemary stems, about 3-4 (depending on how much rosemary you have and how thick you want your wreath to be).


Wrap the wire tightly around the bundle and wreath form, securing them together. To keep the rosemary stems looking loose on the wreath, I mostly wrapped the bundle closer to the cut ends as you see in the picture below.


Continue making and wrapping small bundles of rosemary to the wreath, working your way in a clockwise direction and overlapping the bundles to hide the ends.


TIP: if you're working with lots of rosemary, you can wire additional bundles around the inside of the wreath as well as just the top, to create a really lush and full wreath. I didn't have enough rosemary to do that so I just went around the top.

Tie off wire

Once your wreath form is covered in rosemary, wrap the wire a few times around the wreath form and twist it over and under the wrapped wire to secure. Clip the wire.



My wreath isn't super full, but it still looks so pretty and natural, and it smells amazing! That fresh pop of greenery looks so nice in the kitchen! 

I hung my wreath from my wire mug rack, a favorite spot to decorate.



How long does it take the fresh rosemary wreath to dry?

It will dry naturally in about 2 weeks. You could spritz it with water every day or even soak it in the sink once a week to extend the life of the fresh rosemary.

Does it lose its color when it dries?

It will dry from that vibrant green to a duller green.

Can I still use the dried rosemary?

Of course! You can harvest your rosemary from the wreath once dried and use it in recipes and even crafts.

Can I use another herb?

Sure, I don't see why not! Experiment with what you have on hand, you could even make a mixed herb wreath!

How long will a fresh rosemary wreath last?

If it's not getting bumped and jostled, your wreath should last for years! I wouldn't recommend using the dried herbs in recipes after a year though as they tend to lose their efficacy and potency.


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  1. Sounds perfect for the kitchen and I wish we could smell it! Such a great idea! You should put this on the Farmhouse Friday link party! ;)

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  2. Great idea. I definitely will be doing this with my rosemary. I have the perfect spot in my kitchen too.
    Meagan-Decorative Inspirations

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    1. Thanks Meagan, you will love having it in your kitchen! Happy crafting 😉

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  3. Just popping back in to say I'm featuring this lovely wreath this week on Farmhouse Friday. Thanks for linking up! Hope you do it again soon.

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  4. This wreath is so lovely! Rosemary is such a pretty herb and it smells so good!! I love how you displayed it in such a simple way.

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