Dried Herb Wreath with Memory Roses

Herbal Rose Wreath

When fresh roses from bouquets begin to droop, they can have a second life as everlasting flowers in a dried wreath.  Bunch roses when they begin to wilt in rubber bands and hang upside-down in a dry place.  I dry my roses and a variety of herbs and botanicals in the beams of my country kitchen.  Herbs and everlastings are collected as they bloom throughout the summer and fall and dried by bunching and hanging.  These botanicals decorate my beams as they wait to be fashioned into wreaths.  When I have accumulated a significant amount of drieds, it is time to create.  The gorgeous dried wreath above is a spectacular example, displaying dried red, yellow and apricot roses. Autumn provides an abundance of botanicals and herbs that can be dried and fashioned into herbal wreaths.  The process of creating a unique wreath with your own keepsake roses is not difficult.  The trick is to have enough base botanicals to work with.  It is helpful to grow herbs and everlastings in your own garden and harvest continually during the growing season.


straw wreath form, 10 inch

greening pins

hot glue gun and glue sticks

BASE:  bundles of dried silver king, statice caspia [sea lavender], white yarrow, oregano blossoms, sage bundles

DECORATIVE ELEMENTS: 2 dozen dried red roses, 1 dozen dried yellow roses, 1 dozen dried apricot roses, 18 yellow yarrow heads, rose leaves, 18 brown sour dock branches, baby’s breath

Pin bunches of base materials around outside of straw wreath with greening pins.  Overlap bunches, covering pinned stems with each successive bunch and completely covering straw, working in one direction.  Use different types of botanicals, staggering types to balance textures. Then pin bunches of base materials to top face of wreath in same manner.  To finish base, pin small bunches of botanicals to inside “donut” of wreath.  Check to make sure there is no straw showing.

Using hot glue gun, evenly glue roses to top and sides of wreath.  Glue yellow yarrow among roses to balance decorative elements.  Finish by accenting with brown sour dock sprigs for an Autumn look.  Fill in with tufts of baby’s breath to frost with softness.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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