Creating a wreath by interlocking the branches and leaves of the bay laurel leaf is a fun and creative project that will give you a fragrant and beautiful final product. According to the Myth Encyclopedia, laurel is a plant steeped in tradition as it is a symbol of the Greek God, Apollo. This symbolic wreath has been used to bestow honours on individuals such as victors, athletes and poets. Make your own laurel wreath to wear as a crown for a Greek-inspired costume, or create an aromatic leafy wreath to give your home decor a natural feel.
Purchase fresh bay laurel leaf branches to make your wreath. Decide how large and thick you want your wreath to be and purchase accordingly. Visit your local florist or farmers market to find fresh laurel or look for a laurel tree growing in your area. Be sure to refrigerate the branches if you are not going to make your wreath immediately after purchase.
Create a base for your wreath by bending wire in a circular shape and fastening the ends together. Choose a wire that is pliable, but sturdy enough to hold all of the greenery. Save on Crafts recommends using an old wire clothes hanger that has been taken apart and shaped into a circle.
Secure the laurel branches to the wire circle using thin wire or clear string such as fishing line. You may need to trim some of the branches to get the laurel to lie smoothly around the entirety of the circle. Add extra materials if any of the areas are looking sparse. It is important to attach each branch to your wire to ensure the wreath holds together.
Decorate the wreath by attaching a bow to the bottom, or strands of colourful flowing ribbon on the back if you are using the wreath as a crown.
Attach a piece of wire or string to create a hanger at the back of the wreath if it is a home decoration that you want to hang on the wall. Weave the hanger through the wires and the leaves to create a more solid hold.
Bay laurel leaves are a common ingredient used in cooking, so you can keep some of the dried out leaves from your wreath and recycle them in your next recipe.