I love the look of dried boxwood. I bought this one awhile ago and have always wanted another one or 2 and of course a wreath. But if you have ever bought real dried boxwood you know they are not cheap. My mom has a large hedge of boxwoods that line her property so I decided to figure out how to dry them correctly and put them to good use!
You will need:
Boxwood branches the more the better
Glycerin, I purchased mine at Walmart for $3.50
Green food coloring, I used the gel dye
And a bucket for them to soak in
After you have pruned your boxwood branches take a hammer and hit the end of the branch. This helps the branches to really soak up the dye and glycerin.
Next you are going to mix 1 part glycerin with 2 parts HOT water.
(make sure your water is hot, this will help the glycerin and water mix together)
My bottle of glycerin was 6 oz so I added 12 oz (1 1/2 cups) of hot water and a teaspoon of food coloring. Mix well until the glycerin and water mix together. Let your solution cool before adding it to your boxwood branches.
After it is all mixed I added it to my bucket full of boxwood.
Let your boxwoods soak for 1 to 2 weeks, until the solution is gone.
After the solution is gone, I let mine sit for a few more weeks to dry out before I make them into anything!
This current batch has about another week left until I can start making a wreath. All of this waiting is killing me, but it is worth it in the end. Stay tuned for the final product!