A Cowboy Christmas – DIY Wreath

Today, I thought it would be fun to share one of the DIY projects included in my newly released A Cowboy Christmas book.

This wreath is not only perfect for the season, but it smells divine! Prepare to have guests sniffing the air in pleasure when they walk into your home. You can also use it as a garland instead of a wreath, if you choose.


Welcome Home Wreath


5 oranges or apples

300 dried bay leaves

cinnamon sticks

44 inch length jute string

Cookie sheet


Tapestry Needle with large eye

Sharp knife

Step 1: Slice apples or oranges into thin slices, about 1/8th-inch thick.

Step 2: Place parchment on large cookie sheet then arrange fruit slices on parchment. Place in 200 degree F oven for about two hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Step 3: Thread needle with jute and knot one end. Gently push needle through bay leaf and slide to the end of the string. Keep adding leaves until you have about two inches of space filled.

Step 4: Add a cinnamon stick (you may need to use a nail to poke a hole through the stick.)

Step 5: Add three fruit slices.

Step 6: Repeat bay leaves, cinnamon stick, and fruit slices pattern.

Step 7: When you reach about 36 inches on the string, tie a knot. If you want a garland, leave both ends free. For a wreath, tie knotted ends together and add a ribbon for hanging

For more holiday DIY projects, recipes, and heartwarming stories, be sure to get your copy of A Cowboy Christmas today!

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2 Responses

  1. I like this, I was wondering if you could do other fruit, like maybe pears or cherries? What about other herb leaves? I think putting different fruit on the same string would enhance the smell and make it a bit more inviting. Thank you for sharing this!!!

    1. Yes, you could probably do pears. I’m not sure how the cherries would work. And you could use leaves of other herbs. It would be a fun project to experiment with.

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