When I think of boxwood I automatically think of Christmas. As in, a Dicken’s Christmas. Boughs and sprigs of boxwood and holly tied up with red silk ribbons! Luckily we can still decorate with boxwood and have it look beautiful for years and years thanks to the process of preserving. Today we are looking at how to care for and decorate with preserved (and faux) boxwood during the Christmas season.
I mostly decorate with preserved boxwood wreaths and faux sprigs of boxwood. Because preserved boxwood is a bit pricey I like to get a big decorative WOW for my buck so that usually means using boxwood wreaths.
They are GORGEOUS! And have a charming quality that makes them my favorite!
When hanging preserved boxwood wreaths make sure to choose a beautiful ribbon that works with your decor or Christmas color scheme.
Here are a few ways to use them…
- hang them on the inside of windows
- hang them on doors
- hang them over mirrors
- hang them in an empty picture frames
- hang them in picture frames with fun paper behind them
- hang several going down the stairs
- hang them on coat hooks with winterwear and hats
- hang a tiny boxwood wreath on a long ribbon and tie it to the throat of a lamp
- use boxwood wreaths to embellish gifts
- hang them with ribbon to the back of kitchen or dining room chairs
- hang one from a ribbon on a doorknob
- arrange them in a bookshelf with other items
- hang them over a plate or platter on a wall
- slip a boxwood wreath over the head of an animal figurine
- use one to make an advent wreath
- write a Christmas carol on a chalkboard and hang a wreath over it
- put one at each place setting on a Christmas tablescape
- hang a trio of tiny boxwood wreaths vertically from a long wide ribbon
- use tiny wreaths as ornaments in your Christmas tree
- sit one upright in an urn to make a topiary
Boxwood comes in more ways than just wreaths. Here are other ways you can purchase preserved boxwood…
The best way to purchase boxwood is a little at a time. I’ve been collecting boxwood wreaths for about six years. Now I have a very nice collection!!!! See the bottom of this post for my favorite sources. Not all boxwood is the same! Make sure you get your $$$ worth! Choose boxwood wreaths that are full and green and lush and without folded or crushed leaves.
Let’s talk about live cut boxwood vs preserved. Here’s my take. Live boxwood is beautiful and can last a few weeks if kept in a very cool place, out of the sun and given lots of misting. But when it starts fading the leaves shrivel and get crunchy. I think it is very unattractive.
So I opt for preserved boxwood. It is an investment that will last for years and years!!!! And with a little care will look as good as the day you brought it into your home.
I did not know for the first couple years I had preserved boxwood wreaths that they needed care. Yes, they do need a little care but it’s so easy!
Preserved boxwood need …
- to be kept out of the sun or it will fade
- misted with a very fine mist of water about once a month and left to completely dry
I store my boxwood wreaths in a clear plastic container making sure they are completely dry.
Another option for using boxwood is to go faux! I found these faux boxwood potted balls at Pottery Barn a few years ago. They came in terracotta pots but I slipped them into these gorgeous silver containers. Also, from Pottery Barn. And sorry, also not in stock.
Another way I like to use faux boxwood is to buy sprays or garland and cut them apart so I’m using little springs and bits of them mixed into other greens. The mixing of greens is so interesting and becoming.
Now that you know how to use preserved (and faux) boxwood in your Christmas decor we need to know how to care for it.
They too need a little care. Here’s all you do…
- dust with a feather duster or blow with a hairdryer on low speed and the coolest setting
- you can also swish them in warm sudsy water and rinse them under cool water then set them out to dry.
Nothing will ruin the beauty of Christmas greens like that greasy buildup. YUCK!
I store all my faux boxwood in clear plastic containers.
Boxwood is a beautiful Christmas green to use throughout your home. I hope you use some this Christmas!
1 six inch wreath with ribbon || 2 12 inch wreath || 3 14 inch wreath || 4 boxwood plant 11.5 “ || 5 topiary in urn set of two || 6 22 inch wreath || 7 boxwood bush in clay pot || 8 21.25 inch wreath || 9 boxwood tree || 10 21.25 inch wreath || 11 cone topiary
You might like to follow me on Pinterest and see all the things I’m finding to pin every day HERE. Did you know I have over 1,500 pins on my CHRISTMAS Pinterest board just waiting for you to peruse!