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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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$13 DIY Boxwood Christmas Wreath


I’ve been thinking about what kind of wreath would look best against our navy front door.   At first I planned on doing an ornament wreath like this one from Two Purple Couches, and even bought a Styrofoam wreath to get it started.  But then it broke, and I realized I didn’t have a hot glue gun (and didn’t really want to buy one), so I moved onto plan B.

We were shopping for a Christmas tree at our local nursery over the weekend, and I saw some boxwood wreaths for sale.  I was tempted to just buy one since I knew my time would be limited in the coming days, but they looked kind of wimpy and were pricey.  I kept walking, and saw that they sold big bunches of boxwood clippings for under $3 each.  We were in business!

I spent $8 on 3 big bunches of clippings, $2 for an 18″ metal wreath frame (I used my 50% off Michaels coupon!), and $3 for the red bow.  Grand total?  A whopping $13 for a wreath that was twice the size and half the price of the premade ones.

This wreath was SO easy to make, and only took about a half hour from start to finish.


It all started with an empty frame.


I took a few twigs at a time and weaved them into the wires.


I tucked the ends of the branchs under and over the wire so they would stay in place.


And just kept doing the same thing, moving clockwise…


… until I almost had a whole wreath.


I bought a red wreath holder at Michael’s for $4 which fit perfectly on our new door.  When I was done with the wreath, and felt that the twigs were all in there securely, I hung it on my wreath holder and tied on the bow.

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I love the way the red and the green look against the navy door.  Even though we’re still not completely settled into the house and still have lots of work to do, the wreath makes it feel one step closer to home.

What do you think? Are you making a wreath this Christmas?

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  1. I’m sorry your Styrofoam wreath project didn’t go as planned! But your boxwood wreath looks beautiful!

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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