Friday, December 4, 2015

Boxwood Wagon Wheel Wreath

The wheels in my head started turning when I spotted something in one of my favorite magazines last week. I can make this NOW! I don't have to hunt down the parts. I don't have to add it to my long list of one-of-these-days projects. The only challenge was to figure out where I stashed my old wagon wheel.

How to make a boxwood wagon wheel wreath
This simple boxwood wreath took me about one hour from start to finish (not including the time it took to find the wheel).

My inspiration photo.
handmade wreaths from Country Living Magazine
Featured in the December issue of Country Living Magazine.

vintage wagon wheel and boxwood wreath tutorial
I found my wheel, grabbed a roll of 24g black wire, then gave the boxwood shrub a little haircut.

how to make a boxwood wagon wheel wreath
I attached a few pieces of greenery at a time by wrapping the wire around the stems and wheel.

make a boxwood wagon wheel wreath
Then I tucked in several more pieces here and there to cover the wire. 

boxwood wreath with vintage jewelry
A little pop of color was just what it needed. I glued a rhinestone clip-on earring to an antique shoe clip, then secured it to the wheel with wire.

Christmas decor boxwood wagon wheel wreath with vintage jewelry
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the greenery lasts through the Christmas season. So far, so good! 
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  1. Cozy Little HouseDecember 4, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Oh, so natural and totally adorable!

  2. Sherry@Back2VintageDecember 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Only you would have a wagon wheel just sitting around in their garage!!! LOL! Your wreath is much better than CLM because you added the perfect touch of bling. So festive!

  3. JeanieDecember 4, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Is this a full-sized wheel? Wow! I'm all for sticking boxwood onto anything -- it's such a great green. But I have a soft spot for wreaths! Four star!

    • Betsy@My Salvaged TreasuresDecember 4, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      It's about 14" in diameter, probably from a pull wagon.

  4. Linda @ A La CarteDecember 4, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Oh let me go find my wagon wheel..not! Only you Betsy! It is so cute and I love the bling!! Hope the boxwood lasts!

  5. Glenda/MidSouthDecember 4, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    So Pretty! Have seen many wreaths, etc., made with the live boxwood, so there must be a way to keep it fresh.
    Enjoy your evening.

  6. My thrift store addictionDecember 4, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Oh Betsy, I adore this! Perfect!

  7. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel VintageDecember 4, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Love it Betsy! So pretty, and the addition of the brooch is perfect.

  8. Keri RobertsDecember 4, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Betsy, this is such a beautiful wreath, and so neat with the wagon wheel as the center!!! It really looks fantastic!! :)

  9. Beatrice EuphemieDecember 4, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    So pretty, and extra nice when you have everything on hand when you feel inspiration hit! I like the pretty bobble you added, too! x Karen

  10. CherylDecember 4, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    What a great wreath display, I love it!!

  11. Lisa@New Again DesignDecember 5, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Okay, I've got a rusty bicycle wheel but no boxwood...but, my neighbor does and it's dark so who knows what could happen! :)

  12. Carole WestDecember 5, 2015 at 2:12 AM

    This is pretty love the combination of elements you used. If you mist that boxwood it could help it last through Christmas. It also looks pretty when it's dried, just a tad brittle. Great project and I love that clip for an added pop of color.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  13. Susan HomeroadDecember 5, 2015 at 3:52 AM

    This caught my eye right away Betsy! Love the boxwood and love the wagon wheel. Great combo! Happy Holidays!

  14. Michelle L.December 5, 2015 at 5:46 AM

    So beauteous! It makes the wheel into something cozy and sweet, and of course there's the bling. Adore it!

  15. KathyDecember 5, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    You have the best junk in your stash - hehe!

  16. RoseDecember 5, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Love the wagon wheel wreath. Cute idea. Wish I could find one here at a bargain but they are usually $100 and up!

  17. AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNaDecember 5, 2015 at 2:15 PM


  18. Vicky HuntDecember 6, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Oh my! That is just gorgeous! I absolutely love this idea. I don't have a wagon wheel but I do have a large wooden embroidery hoop and boxwoods! Maybe I'll give it a go! Love it!

  19. DaniceDecember 6, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    How creative and decorative. I also love old wagon wheels :)

  20. The Polka Dot ClosetDecember 6, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    I thought ...Now where did she buy boxwood...Your yard of course, wait..I have a boxwood!!! I love your wagon wheel,but since I don't have one, I'm thinking maybe around my chandelier over the dining room table? Great idea!



  21. The Speckled Hen CottageDecember 7, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Don't you just love when you see an idea and can put it together in no time? I never count looking for an item either, that's just field reconnaissance for future projects. Now I wish I'd let my boxwood get all long this summer...darn it! It turned out fabulous and the pop of bling makes it so tres chic. You might want to mist it with water every few days to keep it moisturized;~) Mickie


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