It’s getting ever closer – Christmas. There is still time to make a door wreath and I think I have another two more wreaths in my Wreath Wednesday series for you. This week it’s one of my favourites, a Rosemary Wreath. We put up our tree this weekend and I’m reminded again why we choose a fresh tree every year – the smell is amazing!

 

Rosemary wreath makingforliving

Wreaths and Rosemary

The meaning of the wreath that we place at Christmas on our doors is that it represents everlasting life brought through Jesus and the circular shape of the wreath represents God, with no beginning and no end. I was interested to find out that according to legend, the virgin Mary was said to have spread her blue cloak over a white blossomed shrub while resting and the flowers turned blue, the shrub then became known as the ‘Rose of Mary’.

Rosemary

Wreath and Worship

The basic vine wreath form in this wreath reminds me of the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus head. It is hauntingly beautiful in its naked state.

vine wreath

The wreath is so full of reminders of Christ’s story. I think of Mary giving birth to a baby who would one day wear a crown of thorns – a wreath of pain. The wood, twig-formed wreath also reminds me of the rustic birth and cradle-manger. And the humble family of wood workers Jesus was born into.

The amazing scent of the rosemary brings to mind the frankincense and myrrh that was brought by the wise men as gifts. And I smile remembering the frequent mispronunciation – “Frankenstein” in my children’s school nativity plays! Which reminds me my daughter, my english ‘rose’, who is playing Mary this year and my eldest son who is about the young age Mary would’ve been when she willingly carried and gave birth to the baby. The extraordinary and yet so ordinary baby. I pray that they would know the closeness of God that Mary did, an indwelling of God and his own heart.

I think of another Mary who washed Jesus’ feet with a fine fragrance. And yet again Mary at the tomb with spices to anoint Jesus’ body, who, through her tears, thought Jesus was the gardener.

It is an act of worship to craft this, to honour and to remember and to evoke that which my Jesus, my saviour, my God lived, as a man, a child, a baby, a foetus in a woman, here on earth. To dress the ‘crown wreath’ in a fragrant herb is to say to him, it is beautiful, your sacrifice, your life, it is as a sweet fragrance to me.

Rosemary Wreath

I have a beautifully large rosemary bush in my garden that I was able to harvest for this wreath, don’t go buying those packets of rosemary from the supermarket, as it will cost you a fortune! If you know someone with rosemary in their garden ask them for some or you could try sourcing it from a florist.

This is the amount I used for this wreath:

rosemary

I used a vine wreath form or base for this wreath. You can get them in various sizes and they can be reused. The one I used was quite large (40cm diameter) but if you have a smaller amount of rosemary then use a smaller wreath base.

vinewreath makingforliving

 

rosemary herb

Take three sprigs of rosemary, I cut a long stem in half and added both halves and another shorter stem. Bunch them together with the top half of a sprig slightly taller than the other two sprigs.

Now for my favourite top tip, use these fellows:

clear hairbands for crafting

They are clear hairbands, (I got them from the pound shop.) They are easy to use to hold your bunch together and they are transparent – bonus!

rosemary bunched

Place your rosemary sprigs on your wreath going in one direction, overlapping them as you go and wrap round with green florists wire.

rosemary wreath

I started by placing the rosemary on the front of the wreath and I could have left it like that, it’s a very current style to see the wreath form and not feel like you have to hide it. It is after all beautiful in itself. Also again useful if you don’t have too much rosemary.

rosemary wreath

But I decided I wanted to cover it, so after wiring the rosemary to the top side I continued around on the outside and inside of the base, winding the wire round it all as I went. I tried to get the wire under some of the leaves so that the wire wasn’t too obvious.

rosemary wreath ribbon

I added a sage green satin ribbon in a bow with fishtail cut ends to the bottom centre of the wreath, but of course you could use any colour or type of ribbon or none as you like. I love the subtlety of using green in the ribbon, I would usually go for a contrast colour but there is something pleasing about the same colour, it is a calmer, muted effect and quite sophisticated.

Rosemary wreath makingforliving

I placed this Rosemary wreath on my dresser in the kitchen which is white and green themed for Christmas.

wreath on dresser makingforliving

Rosemary wreath

Have you made a wreath for Christmas? Do you have any top tips? What smells say Christmas to you?

wreath wednesday makingforliving

All the other wreaths in my Wednesday wreaths series:

pompom wreath
Pom pom wreath
Mini wreath decorations
Mini wreath decorations
snowflake wreath makingforliving
Midnight snow wreath
Holly wreath
Minimal Holly Wreath
evergreen wreath
Evergreen floral wreath
eucalyptus wreath
Simple stylish wreath

 

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6 thoughts on “Rosemary Wreath – Wreath Wednesday

  • 9th December 2015 at 12:48 pm
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    Really beautiful wreath, and beautiful post! I loved this: “To dress the ‘crown wreath’ in a fragrant herb is to say to him, it is beautiful, your sacrifice, your life, it is as a sweet fragrance to me.”

    I am a Christian but I never ascribed so much meaning to making a Christmas wreath. I see now how much I’ve been missing out. Now if only I knew someone with a rosemary bush! Maybe I’ll just have to plant one.

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  • 9th December 2015 at 7:51 pm
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    Abi, I found you through the Hope*Writers Facebook page and stopped by. I love your site! I subscribed and am looking forward to reading your e-book. I have been struck lately about how art inspires art and how it inspires worship. Your rosemary wreath does both. Keep writing and sharing. Your ability and willingness to share God’s gift given to you with the world is much appreciated.

    Blessings, Judy Houle

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    • 10th December 2015 at 1:01 pm
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      So touched you subscribed! Thank you for your encouragement, it is hard to always feel like it’s always worth it, so your comment is very much appreciated!

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  • 10th December 2015 at 1:39 am
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    Beautiful! I love your words here- the creating as an act of worship. (Found you from the Hope Writers group).

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    • 10th December 2015 at 12:59 pm
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      Hi, thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment. Really loving Hope Writers!

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