preserving your own boxwood

So, I don't know about you, but I love the look of preserved boxwood.  
And I've been seeing it everywhere. 

and Target!!!  Y'all know I was not about to spend $30 for one, though.  Especially when I had a couple of bushes in my front yard that needed to go.  I don't like trimming bushes any more after I had a little run-in with my electric hedge trimmers a year and half ago.  Four stitches later, it (the hedge trimmer) still makes me a little nervous, so the bushes needed to go. 

Here are the pieces I saved, while I spent a whole week looking for the stupid bottle of glycerin I bought.  Apparently someone drank it (*ewwww!*), cause it was gone! I finally got another couple of bottles, and hoped it wasn't too late.

I found recipes and directions in a few different places.  The one at crafting rebellion is what I used.

I needed two batches since my glycerin bottles were tiny.

A teaspoon of dye, with one part glycerin and two parts water.

I filled my glass jars (Rit dye will dye plastic, so I stuck with glass). 

Crushed the ends so they could absorb more easily. 

Here is one of the jars in action!

If it works, I'll chop them up and make my own Target version...stay tuned!

Here we are on the mantle!

Looking springy!

And safely away from little hands.

So far, I'm loving it!  I'll update this post, and let you know in 3-5 weeks how they turn out!

What do you think?


  1. You are awesome, I hope they work out great for you!

    1. I'm pretty sure at least some of it will work. Enough for the two by the front door anyway. It's my own stubborn fault for being cheap and thinking I would find the stupid bottle of glycerin I had already bought, :P on me! ;)

  2. Love them! I love preserved boxwood to, These look great. If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party:

  3. Thanks, you're so sweet! And thanks for the invite! :)

  4. This is such a neat idea - totally want to try it since we have a few boxwoods in our yard. You've been featured at Sew Can Do - stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

    1. Wow! First time ever for me! Is it silly to feel super excited? ;)

  5. Caroline...did this work? Would you mind emailing me back and letting me know if it's worth my time to do this for some small wreaths?

    1. Eva,

      Preserving the boxwood worked beautifully. I plan on doing some rosemary wreaths for Christmas. I haven't updated pictures because I never finished putting together my topiaries after the boxwood was done. We got into holidays and birthdays and I've had other arrangements up instead :)

      I would make sure you have everything on hand before you cut the boxwood. They will suck up at lot of the mixture. More than I expected, about twice as much. And be careful about the color. I just used plain green dye and the boxwood looked a little too blue for my taste. Next time I'll add a little yellow to keep the color more true to life. Hope it works great for you!