I don't know where you live, but rosemary is basically the heartiest herb on the planet. You can find giant trimmed bushes of it in the front yards of Arizona retirees and unruly trees that overrun your yard in Washington state.
We have two giant bushes that we hack back several times a year and are still taking over our front garden beds. Luckily rosemary is an excellent herb, smells wonderful, is great to cook with, and does well with my devil-may-care attitude toward gardening - so I refuse to tear it up.
I also have a hard time throwing out perfectly good herbs, so I knew when I began cutting them back that I would need to do something with the long branches other than place them in the yard waste. That was the first time I made a wreath with them. Of course, once I realized I could, I used all the clippings for wreaths and eventually ran out of space to hang them and friends to give them away to. Someone suggested I sell them, because they would absolutely purchase one, so I started to sell them on our site.
It's that time again, so they're available and I encourage you to snag one if you're not a DIY kinda human or you don't know where you would find enough rosemary. But, if you have your own source of rosemary, or dealer, here is how I make mine.
Now, I am firm believer that DIYs should not include ridiculous crafting supplies that I have to hunt down, so this version of a rosemary wreath is DIY according to Malia. And all you need are:
*Ribbon, if you want a little something extra
Your rosemary branches do not need to be a certain length or even the same length, but I like to use ones anywhere between 8-16", because then you end up with a wreath that's about 12" across.
1. Place a rosemary branch in front of you, tie a second branch about 1/3 of the way up the first and wind them together, tie a third branch at the top of the first and 1/3 of the way up the second and wind them together, and continue in this fashion until you have a long line of rosemary boughs tied together.
Pro Tip: If you cut the rosemary from a plant you own, make sure you leave it on the counter for several hours. This lets all the critters crawl out and lets the rosemary branches acclimatize to your home so the branches aren't snapping quite as often.
2. Bend the tied boughs into a circle, gently, wind the two ends together, then tie another piece of string (or two). Take a moment to tuck wild ends in if you feel like you need to.
Pro Tip: Go slowly, don't worry about breaking branches or funny edges sticking out too much.
3. Wind the extra branches around the existing wreath, sticking the ends between the existing, tied boughs. Add as many as you like to make the wreath as thick or thin as your preference. Placing the ends between the ties rather than into the same location as the ties will mean you get a better circle from your finished product.
Pro Tip: Use the shorter branches for the initial wreath and longer ones for wrapping once everything is tied off. It will create more corners initially, but the longer branches have a lower likelihood of breaking and will cover the string and any flaws better.
4. Tie a piece of string to the top as a hanger and place it on your door, in your kitchen, or somewhere else in your home that might benefit from the sight and smell of rosemary daily.
Pro Tip: Take any pretty broken ends and stick them into thinner spots in your wreath to thicken them up.
Rosemary is an excellent aromatic, great for cooking, and looks beautiful anywhere.
So make sure you create a wreath for yourself this season - or grab one from our store if you're not the DIY type or are maybe just in a rush to get one before the holidays.