You can make this pretty star anise wreath for really quickly as a scented decoration idea.
Perfect for year-round home-fragrancing, the twiggy base is also perfect as a Christmas wreath idea, into which seasonal foliage can be substituted. Make yours now for Christmas then refresh for spring, Easter and beyond.
It’s super easy to make with just a few store-bought basics, willow twigs and star anise. Why not have a go?
How to make a star anise wreath
You can easily make a Christmas wreath like this very quickly and with very few ingredients. And although star anise wreaths are an easy, pretty element, you can swap them out for anything from small pine cones to holly and berry twists for a similar effect.
You will need:
- Willow – there are lots of faux willow to buy on Amazon that look convincing (opens in new tab)
- Star anise – make sure to buy whole star anise; these from Amazon are well-priced (opens in new tab)
- Ribbon – this one from Amazon is similar to that below (opens in new tab)
- Strong craft glue – B7000 is the most highly-rated from Amazon (opens in new tab)
1. Assemble your ingredients
Ready all the craft elements and soak fresh willow in water for a couple of hours to make it pliable.
2. Bend and flex
Work the willow into a circular shape, twisting the branch back on itself to keep in place.
3. Twist again
Add more willow until desired thickness, twisting the ends in as you go.
4. Add the star anise
Glue the star anise separately to the wreath using a strong craft glue.
5. Space out the spices
Continue adding and gluing the spices until happy with the amount on the wreath. Top tip – an odd number usually looks more visually appealing than an even one.
6. Add a bit of color
Use ribbon twisted around the wreath to add a seasonal shade. Wrap it tightly around the wreath – we used a wired ribbon to help hold the shape.
7. Hang up in your home
Enjoy the wreath in your home. Due to the size it can be easily positioned or hung on mantels, as Christmas door decor, or even balanced over handles and latches.
How long does a dried herb wreath last?
Dried herbs and spices last for months, although their scents will begin to fade after a couple of weeks or so. You can also make fresh herb wreaths which will dry on the wreath, prolonging their lives further.
Creative Director, Stylist, speaker, published author of books Home for the Soul and Gardens for the Soul and Style Editor at Future, Sara has been creating commercial and editorial images and content for favorite interiors and lifestyle brands for over 25 years, including Country Homes, Ideal Home and Homes & Gardens.
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