Decorating With Preserved Boxwood Wreaths

Welcome to the 305th Metamorphosis Monday!

My kitchen cabinets saw a little transformation this weekend. Do you ever decorate with preserved boxwood wreaths? I love fresh greenery and use it a lot at Christmastime but I love the preserved wreaths here on the glass cabinet doors in the kitchen. I’ve been decorating the cabinets this way ever since I saw this done on a Christmas home tour in Madison, Georgia many years ago.

Decorate With Preserved Boxwood Wreaths

 

One of the benefits of using preserved boxwood wreaths in decorating, since they are made from real boxwood, the color is really pretty. Also, because they are preserved, if properly stored away each year, they will normally last from 2-5 years. I keep a few of mine out year around because I love seeing them hanging from bookshelves, secretary doors and other places in my home. (Dishware is Churchill Blue Willow.)

When my wreaths first arrived, they had a slight smell. That faded away pretty quickly and now they don’t have a smell at all. I don’t think these are recommended for outdoor use or any area where they would be subjected to high humidity/rain. That would most likely cause them to mold since they are a natural product. They work great indoors, though.

Decorate With Small Preserved Boxwood Wreaths

 

Recently someone asked me if the wreaths swing when a door is opened. If the cabinet door is opened in a normal way, they barely move at all. If you are in a big rush and throw open the door and close it really fast, they will swing outward some.  I’ve never had one come flying off. Even when I’ve hurriedly opened and closed a door, the movement was minimal.

If you didn’t want any movement at all, you could probably use some of that sticky putty stuff I’ve seen for sale in hardware stores to secure it at the bottom on the back. I really don’t think it’s needed though since the movement is so slight. (Red/Cream dishware is vintage Copeland Spode, Tower from the 1920’s.)

Preserved Boxwood Wreaths Decorate Kitchen Cabinets

 

If you like this look but do not want to use preserved wreaths, it is possible to find small, faux wreaths with a bit of searching online and/or in the stores. I had faux wreaths hanging here for many years but do prefer the look of the preserved boxwood wreaths. (Fruit dishware is Villeroy & Boch, Melina.)

Boxwood wreaths can be harder to find, the closer it gets to Christmas. They always sell out so quickly. I found these online at a store called Bella Marie a few years back.

Preserved Boxwood Wreaths for Christmas Decorating

 

Do you use preserved boxwood wreaths when decorating for Christmas? If so, where are your favorite places to hang them? Would love to know how long you’ve seen them last, too.

Looking forward to the other Before and Afters for this Met Monday!

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Comments

  1. I do this! I have glass cabinets in my kitchen and I have been hanging tiny wreaths on them for years. I don’t have boxwoods though, they are a mix of faux evergreen, dried berries and twigs. Rustic. The boxwoods are very pretty! Thanks for the party and Happy December!

  2. Those wreaths are so pretty. I’m not sure that they would do well our warmer weather, but I’m tempted to try some faux ones. Thanks for hosting, Susan! 🙂

  3. I love those little wreaths on your cabinets, Susan! Thank you for hosting.

  4. pam ~ crumpety cottage says:

    Susan, I was wondering when we’d see your pretty boxwood wreaths. Ever since I first saw this idea last year, I’ve thought about doing it. So far I haven’t gotten around to ‘actually’ doing it — I’m still at the thinking stage. 😉 I do love the way they look and the elegant feeling they bring to the kitchen. Glad to see them.

  5. pam ~ crumpety cottage says:

    Oh, and I love seeing your BH & G platter on the counter, too. So pretty. 🙂

  6. Susan,
    Love, LOVE. L O V E your boxwood wreaths on your cabinet doors!!!
    I use artificial wreaths at my windows during the Christmas Season.
    This year, I’ve hung them on the Patio doors and the Dining Room Hutch glass door!
    Boxwood doesn’t do well in direct sunlight or our high humidity here on the Prairie.
    Thanks for hosting Metamorphosis Monday each week!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  7. I love how the boxwood wreaths look on your kitchen cabinets. Timeless! Thanks for hosting us.

  8. Susan, thanks for hosting! The wreaths are adorable!

  9. I love boxwood wreaths and yours look wonderful with the backdrop of those gorgeous dishes!!! Thanks for hosting Susan….hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  10. I love the way your boxwood wreaths look Susan, so pretty- thanks for the party today, I’m off to do some decorating!

  11. I love your glass cabinet doors and the wreaths are gorgeous. What a classic look! Thank you for hosting us.

  12. Susan, right after you posted about your wreaths last year, I purchased one from Bella Marie. It hangs year-round in the dining room (northern exposure) and looks as good as the first day. Love it and plan to buy more.
    I have live plants as well as faux plants/florals, and the preserved boxwood seems to be the best of both worlds.

  13. I have several of the preserved boxwood wreaths and topiaries, and they do incredibly well, even in the heating months in the house. Yours look great. Thanks for hosting this great party, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go. 🙂
    Rita

  14. I ordered a fresh 16″ boxwood for the back door this season–it’s hanging around the neck of a faux deer head!
    I luv your glass fronted cabinet run for your dishes! I always wondered where you kept your vast collection–but where are the rest and how many dishes do you think you have?!?
    Catherine

  15. I do this on my glass door kitchen cabinets too. Yours look so pretty, and your china looks beautiful in the cabinet. I’m afraid the mess behind my glass cabinet doors is a little distracting, because I’m not as organized as you. Thanks for the linky. laurie

  16. I love the little wreaths. So cute, subtle, and festive! Thanks for hosting.

  17. Thanks so much for hosting, Susan! xo

  18. rattlebridge farm says:

    The wreaths are elegant and timeless–and so pretty! Your glass-fronted cabs and dishes look like something out of a magazine. Gorgeous! Thank you for hosting MM each week!

  19. I love the boxwood wreaths on the glass-front cabinets. Just beautiful! I am lusting after your cabinets, too!

    • Thanks, Chloe! It’s almost time to have them repainted…they used to be stained and the kitchen felt very dark. I love a white kitchen! 🙂

  20. Love the wreaths on the cupboard doors, and love all your pretty dishes too!! I have the exact same set of Churchill blue dishes and always regret not getting the tea pot!! Thanks for hosting a wonderful party!!

  21. But OF COURSE!! Boxwood is my “go to”…first of all…I adore the look and secondly…I have lots of it!! Boxwood and hemlock just last and last…isn’t this fun!! Today is lovely so “trimming” trees is on the “to do!!” Your cabinets are just charming!! franki

  22. Oh your boxwood wreath’s are simply gorgeous – especially hanging from glass cabinet doors – just gorgeous Susan !
    Thanks so much for another great party
    Hugs,
    Suzan

  23. Gloria in S.C. says:

    Susan, I have 2 of the boxwood wreaths like yours and I leave them up all year. I hang one on my secretary and one on my china cabinet. I can’t even remember where I purchased them, but I did not order them; probably a decorator’s store. I still love the look they give. If I had glass in my kitchen cabinets I would be out looking for more to use like yours. I love your home and everything in it; I could move right in… Happy Holidays.

  24. Love the boxwood.

  25. Wow!! I was researching preserved boxwood topiaries online just YESTERDAY, how funny! Your wreaths look wonderful. The color of preserved boxwood is gorgeous! I love how you’ve placed them.

  26. Thanks for hosting the party! Love the boxwood wreaths. Glad the smell wasn’t too bad. My husband loves the smell of boxwood. Me, not so much… Anyway, I accidentally linked three posts to your party before reading that you limit it to two. Sorry. Just got carried away…

  27. I don’t have any of the preserved boxwoods. Love the look on your cabinets, so pretty!!!

  28. Thanks so much for the party!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

  29. Diane Westbrook says:

    Love it all! I keep my larger boxwood up all year and have it hanging on a pretty mirror. Just could not pack it away. Now I need some smaller ones. Love the dishes..I have red and blue transferware, as well…it is so timeless. But…most of all, I love the bunny peeking out from the bottom shelf! I have his cousins here at my house….Diane

  30. Love your boxwood wreaths on your kitchen cabinets. I have a few of those exact ones. I bought a couple from another source this year and they don’t look as good as the ones I got last year (the ones that are like yours). I’m curious to see how long they last too. Do you ever sprits them with water?

    As always, thanks so much for hosting Susan.
    Kristi

    • You know, I did the first year I had them and the green dye ran off a little onto the counter. I probably did it too much. I was a little worried I’d cause them to mold, too. Also, the year I purchased mine, I talked to the owner of Bella Marie who has them in her home and she seemed to indicate she never spritz hers. So, I’m not sure if it’s really necessary or not.

  31. mamie crawford says:

    Hi, Susan–
    What diameter (outside measure) are your boxwood wreaths? Love the way they look on your glass doors! Thank you.

  32. Susan, thank you for hosting all the creative fun and I love your wreaths!

  33. Gayle Kesinger says:

    Susan, I bought the 8″ wreaths but liked your look with the red ribbons from another year. How do I affix the ribbon to the back of the cabinet?

    • My cabinets are wood so I used a little push pin on the inside near the top. You could probably use small command hooks on the inside or something like that if you are worried about having a little pin hole in the top of the cabinet. It’s so small, it doesn’t bother me.

  34. Boxwood wreaths are so beautiful, what a great idea. I always wanted cabinets like yours with glass insets.

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