How to Make an Olive Wreath

The olive wreath is a symbol of Olympic winners. According to the International Olympic Committee, olive wreaths or branches adorn many of the medals awarded today. This tradition dates back to ancient Greek times, when the olive wreath was the only prize an ancient Olympiad won. The olive leaf stood for health and wealth in ancient Greece. Olive groves dotted the landscape, olive oils anointed the athletes and olive wreaths crowned the winners. If you don't have an olive tree handy, don't worry. The ancient Greeks used many different leaves to crown athletes, generals and rulers.

Cut soft branches of greenery 18 to 24 inches long. If you don't have access to an olive tree, choose greenery that has small oval leaves.

Wrap the branches around the head. Start the greenery at the forehead and wrap the branches around the head so that the wreath sits straight on the head.

Remove the crown from the head.

Secure the ends of the branches with hot glue.

Cut 24 oval shaped leaves 1 ½ inch long from the green craft foam.

Draw veins on the leaves with the permanent marker, if desired.

Lay a leaf on one end of the headband so that it hangs off the end of the band. Use hot glue to secure the leaf in place. Place the base of a second leaf just behind the base of the first leaf so that one end hangs off one side of the band. Place the base of the third leaf just behind the base of the second with the end of the leaf hanging off the opposite side of the headband. Keep alternating the leaves until you reach the centre of the band.

Repeat with the other side of the headband.

Glue a single leaf at the centre point where the two sides meet.

Place the headband on the back of the head so that the ends of the headband touch the temples.


If it is difficult to wrap the branches around your own head, use a wig form, or even a bowl that is close to the size of your head.


Use caution when using a hot glue gun. A hot glue gun should only be used by an adult.

Things You'll Need

  • Greenery
  • Hot glue
  • Green craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Green plastic headband
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Based in Nashville, Shellie Braeuner has been writing articles since 1986 on topics including child rearing, entertainment, politics and home improvement. Her work has appeared in "The Tennessean" and "Borderlines" as well as a book from Simon & Schuster. Braeuner holds a Master of Education in developmental counseling from Vanderbilt University.