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How To Use Fresh Greenery for Christmas DIY Projects: Best Tips

Are you ready for some more sustainable and eco-friendly DIY projects? I’m sharing how to use fresh greenery for Christmas DIY projects, such as Christmas boxwood mini wreaths, cedar ornaments for packages, and tree decorations.

Each of these projects can be made larger or smaller depending on your needs.

What Fresh Greenery Is Best For Christmas?

When choosing fresh greenery for Christmas, almost any evergreen will work in the short run. However, for the best long-term results, I have a few favorites.

  • Boxwood
  • Cedar
  • Pine
  • Magnolia
  • Spruce

Any evergreen will dry out, especially when used inside with the heat running. These tips will help to keep your greenery looking fresh longer during the holidays.

Greenery With Berries

In addition to the above evergreens, I like to use Holly and Nandina for holiday decorating. Both have red berries and look great tucked into vases or floral arrangements mixed with other greenery.

They will also stay looking good inside the house for several weeks.

What Herbs Are Best for Christmas DIY Projects

In addition to fresh greenery, I love to use fresh herbs when planning my eco-friendly and sustainable Christmas decor.

I have both Rosemary and Sage growing in my landscape, and it’s easy to incorporate these fresh herbs into my holiday decorating.

Rosemary and Sage for Christmas Crafts and DIY Projects.  Farmhouse style Holiday decorating.

Fill bud vases with these fragrant herbs and add them to your bathroom and kitchen for a fresh, clean scent.

In addition, add them to your floral arrangement and use them in your DIY projects.

One of my favorite projects is this Fresh Herb and Dried Fruit Garland I hang in my kitchen window each Christmas.

Fresh herb garland with rosemary and sage.
Fresh Herb and Dried Fruit Christmas Garland

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How Can You Use Boxwood at Christmas?

When you cut boxwood in winter, it stays looking fresh for weeks and weeks. Even when brought inside, the leaves remain green for a long time.

If you fill a basket or container with fresh boxwood stems and place them in an area where they are undisturbed, they will last until the start of Spring.

Gathered Boxwood for Christmas in a basket.

You can also make topiaries with fresh boxwood. These Boxwood and Lemon topiaries were made for an Italian Tablescape; however, you can use this tutorial for a holiday version.

Fresh Boxwood and Lemon Topiaries

If you don’t prefer lemons for Christmas, replace them with kumquats or dried orange slices.

How To Make Mini-Boxwood Wreaths

I have been making these cute mini-boxwood wreaths for gift packages. However, you can make them any size you desire and use them as chair charms, door wreaths, or ornaments.

They are an inexpensive Christmas boxwood project.

Mini-Boxwood Wreath for Christmas Decorations.

You only need fresh boxwood stems and floral wire. If you plan to tie the wreath to a package or make a hanger, add Jute Twine to your supply list.

Begin by twisting the wire into a circle.

Twist wire into a circle to make Christmas Crafts for the Holidays

Add a long, fresh boxwood stem with any runners removed from the circle.

Begin with the wire at the center of the stem. Wrap the stem around the wire from both ends until it is secured.

Add Christmas Boxwood to floral wire to make DIY wreath for package toppers.

If necessary, cut any excess stem with pruning shears.

Add boxwood to floral wire.

To make the mini-wreath full, I usually add a second stem.

The larger the wreath, the more stems you may require to get the desired fullness.

Twist Christmas Boxwood Around the floral wire twice for a full wreath

The mini-boxwood wreaths look cute when doubled on a package a an easy boxwood for Christmas project.

Christmas Boxwood Mini-wreaths for Holiday Packages made with Fresh Greenery for Christmas

Magnolia and Pine For Christmas Decorating

Magnolia leaves will also hold up well during the holiday season. They are great for filling containers and tucking in among your other florals.

I have also made several garlands using Magnolia leaves from the trees on our property. This is the porch swing draped in a magnolia garland from a couple of years ago.

The front porch containers are filled with both magnolia and pine to decorate for Christmas.

Fresh Magnolia Wreath

This easy-to-make Fresh Magnolia wreath will enhance your home this holiday, inside or outdoors.

See the full Magnolia Wreath tutorial here.

Fresh Cedar For Christmas

In addition to boxwood for Christmas, another favorite fresh evergreen is real cedar.

I have used cedar to make Real Cedar and Orange Topiaries that looked great for the entire Christmas Decorating Season.

DIY Cedar and Dried Orange Topiaries for Christmas

Cedar also makes a great garland, and I love to use it outside because it stays fresh longer. You can see how good the fresh cedar garland looks in the greenhouse.

Fresh Greenery Real Cedar for a Christmas Garland on the DIY Greenhouse

How To Make Real Cedar Plate Wreaths

Try these cedar plate wreaths to make your holiday table settings look festive without spending a lot of money. They are sustainable and easy to make.

Fresh Greenery for Christmas cedar plate liner and cedar and dried orange napkin ring.

How To Make Cedar Ornaments or Package Toppers

The cute tree and wreath are made of 100% free materials, except for a little hot glue, and they are easy to make.

Cedar Wreath

For the first ornament, cut a small circle from recycled cardboard and cut the cedar into small pieces.

Add hot glue to the cardboard circle.

Begin adding sprigs of cedar to the cardboard, working in a circle.

You have to be careful not to burn your fingers when working with hot glue, and I found these finger protectors very helpful.

Add Hot Glue and Cedar to cardboard

Continue to fill the cardboard circle with cedar until it is your desired shape.

Fill cardboard circle with fresh Christmas Greenery to make an ornament.

In addition, if you plan to attach it as a package topper, you can add a double stick tape to the backside of the cardboard.

Double Stick Tape for attaching DIY projects to packages.

Then, stick the cedar wreath to the craft paper-wrapped package.

Fresh Greenery Cedar Circle for Christmas Holiday Package Toppers or ornaments.

Cedar Christmas Tree Ornament

All you need is fresh cedar, a twig, recycled cardboard, and a hot glue gun.

Cut the cardboard into the shape of a Christmas tree.

Cardboard and Cedar for Christmas Crafts

Next, use hot glue to attach small pieces of cedar to the cardboard, making sure the cardboard is completely covered.

Add cedar greenery for Christmas to tree-shaped cardboard for DIY holiday decorations.

You can remove any wild cedar with pruning shears to get the desired shape of your tree.

Fill cardboard with fresh cedar.

Finally, use hot glue to attach a twig to the back side of the cardboard for the tree trunk.

Make cedar shaped tree from sprigs of cedar, cardboard and a gathered twig.

The cedar Christmas Tree can be used as an ornament or look great as a gift package topper.

DIY Cedar Greenery for Christmas Craft Project for gift package toppers.

Gift Package Ideas

These cute, eco-friendly, sustainable projects are easy and inexpensive to make.

Get the kids involved and see how many different shapes and ideas you can create. Use caution with the hot glue gun, especially with small children.

Cedar Greenery for Christmas Craft Ideas - Cedar Christmas Tree and Christmas Ornament.

Wrap your gifts with eco-friendly craft paper for a budget-friendly alternative to expensive gift wraps.

Fresh Greenery for Christmas DIY Crafts for Christmas Boxwood and Cedar Ideas.

Adding these cute Christmas boxwood greenery and cedar toppers will make your gifts unique, and no one will notice the lack of expensive wrapping paper. These DIY scrap fabric gift toppers also look great mixed with the fresh greenery Christmas gift toppers.

Fresh Greenery Gift Package Toppers and Christmas Ornaments for inexpensive and sustainable decorating.

Supply List

Here is a supply list for all the above projects. Most supplies are foraged and recycled.

Cedar and Boxwood Fresh Greenery Package Toppers or Christmas Ornaments.

See Video Tutorial


Thanks so much for stopping today, and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

Christmas Boxwood Ornaments and Holiday Package Toppers made with fresh greenery for Christmas

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How to use fresh greenery for Christmas DIY Projects for eco-friendly holiday decorating.


Monday 30th of October 2023

Oooh! I love this. I'm a hugs fan of using fresh greenery for the holidays. I especially love the mini boxwood wreaths.


Tuesday 31st of October 2023

Renae, Thank you. I do too, they make great package toppers.


Monday 30th of October 2023

I still love each idea! I plan to do more with our gifts this year. I'm always so lazy when it comes to that. Pinning again!


Tuesday 31st of October 2023

Cindy, I'm so glad you like this one. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday 30th of October 2023

These are great ideas! I like to use fresh, "real" greenery as much as possible. Also, where did you get the napkins? Thanks!


Tuesday 31st of October 2023

Penny, You can see the whole table set up at and I shared the link to the napkins also on that post.

Kathy M

Monday 30th of October 2023

Rachel, I purchased some small Boxwood wreaths several years ago but they have finally started to lose their color. Can I spray paint them or will this ruin them? Any suggestions welcome.


Monday 30th of October 2023

Kathy, I would recommend using green food coloring. I have refreshed moss with food coloring successfully. It can be messy so be sure to protect the area around the wreaths and let them dry in the area you spray them. I hope this helps. I've not used this method on boxwood but it seems like it might work just as well. Here is the link to my post about refreshing moss.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 29th of October 2022

I love bringing the outdoor elements inside for the holidays and these are some really great ideas. I always enjoy the smell of fresh rosemary in the house.


Sunday 30th of October 2022

Kim, I do too. Thanks for stopping by.