Boxwood Present Topper


Isn’t it amazing how the best ideas are the simplest?

Like the post-it.

Tiny pieces of paper…..with sticky on the back.

That’s it.

So simple and easy…..but can you imagine a world without post-its?

Or paperclips?

Or the wheel?

Or the Sham-wow?

Or the Snuggie?  Seriously.  Can you imagine a world without the Snuggie?

Where did we ever put our cold arms before someone invented a blanket with sleeves?


Easy, simple, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that ideas…..just like this boxwood present topper that I’m taking on the infomercial circuit.

I’m sure it’s going to make millions. 🙂


Boxwood Tag



Freshly cut boxwood 


Florist wire



Step 1:  Cut boxwood

We have boxwood hedges that surround the porch that needed to be trimmed.

That’s where I got the idea for the project.

Necessity is the mother of invention…..just like that cold-armed Snuggie inventor.

Snip off pieces of boxwood about 8″ to 10″ long.

If you don’t have fresh boxwood….I saw boxwood sprigs on sale at Wal-Mart on one of my 27 weekly visits.

Boxwood Present Topper Step 2

Step 2:  Trim excess off boxwood branch

Make sure any extra sprigs on your boxwood are trimmed.

I just used a pair of scissors to do this.

Boxwood Present Topper Step 3


Step 3:  Place branches of boxwood into a cup

Here’s where it starts getting Snuggie-like brilliant.

I’m telling you…..the parallels are incredible.

I formed a circle with the branches and soaked them in a cup overnight until the formed a boxwood circle.

The branches will pre-form into a circle.

No bending or breaking when you start to tie off the topper.

It’s already a circle.

Now….is that a post-it idea or what?


Boxwood Present Topper Step 4


Step 4:  Close the circle

Remove the boxwood circle from the water.

Snip a small piece of florist wire and wire the circle closed.


Boxwood Present Topper


You can use them on top of presents or hang them from stockings or use them as ornaments or hang them from a cloche or make a garland.


I’m telling you.

This is going to be the next big thing.

Watch out world…..QVC… we come. 🙂


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  1. Image for Marianne@Songbird Marianne@Songbird

    These are so cute! Who would have thought that soaking them would do the trick. I know to do that with grape vines but I never would have thought to do it with boxwood. Brilliant. Love the tiny wreaths.

  2. Image for Michele Michele

    Gulp. Yes, KA - t his is definately a Post-it post, alright! B.R.I.L.L.I.A. N.T!!!!! Of course perhaps it wasn't so brilliant to have had hubs trim the verge LAST WEEK and the branches are all gone now.................ugh. shopping outside of the internet to find some? You mean actually GO to a real STORE and deal with that kind of looking for branches? You mean spend money BUYING what we just threw away? (Insert a thwap on my forehead please.) Nah- I am simply not that brave and will let you courageous shopping souls go it w/.o me. Maybe next year these can decorate the spring tablescape or something instead. Will the boxwood be outgrown by then? Hhrm. We shall see.

  3. Image for Jaimee Hingerton Jaimee Hingerton

    Brilliant! So many uses for Christmas and throughout the entire year. I have some boxwoods that need trimming as well. Now that I have a use for those trimmings, that job might finally get done!

  4. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Great idea! Coffee cup seems to be the key ingredient! I think this is better than the Snuggie...good luck on QVC!!

  5. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    Amazing what a cup and water will do to bunch of leaves and wood stems- what a brilliant idea and so simple - love it.

  6. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Which star are you going to present with on QVC? ;) i'll definitely be watching. You're just too clever, my dear KariAnne. There is a gorgeous pink and blue sunrise happening outside my window this morning.

  7. Image for Debbie Debbie

    What a cute topper, and you are ingenious! Too bad I don't get QVC in Ontario...I would look forward to seeing you. ;) Have a great day. Debbie :)

  8. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Too cute! I'm so watching for this on QVC! I see Shark Tank in your future! Seriously, this is adorable and so clever! Thanks for sharing this idea! I haven't had time to decorate yet! You're giving me so much inspiration!

  9. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    I thought I heard your voice on TV!!! know how it progresses...first magazines and then TV..... You are remarkable!!...Beautiful, classic present topper!!!...

  10. Image for Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls

    Karianne, girl, you are brilliant, I tell ya, brilliant!!! I can't wait to see you on QVC! You can wear a boxwood wreath like a crown! Hey, you can market them as Natural Tiaras, and sell them as jewelry! Necklaces! You have a fantastic future ahead of you----think of the possibilities! Bracelets! Jewelry that magically transforms into gift toppers! And the recipient then has their own jewelry as part of the gift. All teasing aside, these are adorable, and so easy. I never would have thought of the water trick, and they are perfect for the little something extra that makes a gift stand out. I hope you have a day as special as you are. Hugs!

  11. Image for Laura @ Our Prairie Home Laura @ Our Prairie Home

    Ingenius! I so wish I still lived in the south where boxwoods are everywhere! Such a delightfully simple idea with a great impact! Beautiful, Kari Anne!

  12. Image for Colleen Colleen

    I am going to Lowes today to buy boxwood for next years project! This is brillant! Who would've thought?! Great post as usual! xo


    I love the use of boxwood on anything!! I did this with some artificial boxwood, but I love the use of the real thing!! You are one clever lady!! I made some really fun gift tags and posted them on my blog today. I don't usually do DIY's so I am proud of myself, plus they were so easy and I had a lot of fun making them. Loving your 12 days, thanks for sharing your talents and words with us, Kathysue

  14. Image for Anita Anita

    Can you believe we don't have a boxwood bush at this house? We are building so I'll be sure they palnt some so I have supplies for my future crafts. Brilliant Karianne.

  15. Image for Tori Tori

    L.O.V.E. these! Have seen them with craft paper & white wrapping; but this year we are going with red & white, so was wondering how that would look when I first saw your post. Then, of course, there are your pictures with the boxwood AND red & white papers and ribbons. Yay! Now I already know I will love it. Can you share where you got your wonderful ribbon? I already hit the HobLob for cute striped and polka dot papers, but need great ribbon to finish them off. Thanks in advance for letting me know. Now, off to find some boxwood. Merry Christmas!

  16. Image for Monica Monica

    The cutest idea...and loved your 27th visit comment to Walmart. I need to grow boxwood since they are so beautiful and the items that can be made from them I love.

  17. Image for Laura Laura

    Love this idea. You are definitely the mother of invention. I will see you at Walmart. I am the woman in her jammies at nine o'clock at night buying a new printer. You can't miss me :)

  18. Image for bj bj

    HOLY COW...I've stuck little sprigs of boxwood on my bows...but never thought to soak a length overnight for a circle....too cool for school. Yep, when you get all rich and famous for this, I can say, "I knew her when....." It really is a beautiful little deco for packages....

  19. Image for Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    Thanks for the tip about soaking them in water in order to get the shape that we want -- I would have never thought to do that! Definitely a QVC idea. ;-) This looks beautiful. There's nothing better than a pretty gift with an even prettier topper.

  20. Image for Regina Regina

    This is SO CUTE! Now if I only had some boxwood hedges . . . . ;) This afternoon I plan to visit the encroaching cedar tree on the corner of our property and see if I can't cut some nice long branches to make SOMETHING for the front porch! I found a red crock, about 18-inches tall, in our shed that would make a nice container sitting on the table next to the front door . . . . I love half-days at work! Creativity, here I come, and sunshine, thanks for coming along! :) Have a great Wednesday!

  21. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    Love that! I am thinking I will use some boxwood on my packages this year but I'm not sure my bushes have long enough pieces yet to be able to make the circles. Might have to check my Mom's!

  22. Image for Amy @ the Avery House Amy @ the Avery House

    Oh so very AWESOME! Love those little boxwood circles! And I love more that you mentioned the ShamWow in your blog post. I can just see that guy advertising your boxwood circles! Oh, side-stich laughter has started! You rock KariAnne!

  23. Image for Kimm at Reinvented Kimm at Reinvented

    Just brilliant, as usual! I have a couple of box woods in need of a haircut too, maybe I'll encourage my husband do do that and promise to "clean up" after him. ;)

  24. Image for Denise at Forest Manor Denise at Forest Manor

    Hi Kari, This is a GREAT idea! I really love boxwood at Christmas -- preferably all over the house. How clever you were to soak in a cup overnight to make it form a circle; and your Sham-wow and Snuggie references gave me a good laugh. :-D Thanks for sharing this terrific idea. I'm thoroughly enjoying your 12 days of Christmas posts, and I loved the tour of your home. Hugs, Denise

  25. Image for Grey Grey

    That is like magic! Clappy hands for you! Wonder how many clippings I can, um, borrow before the "condo police" notice at my place? Can't wait to make some of these cuties-

  26. Image for Sharon Sharon

    I have dozens of those springs ! Guess who's going to have spring trees all over the house ? Bless your heart !

  27. Image for leslie harris leslie harris

    HI KariAnne, I loved this idea and I just wanted to let you know I did a shout out to you (with a link back) because you gave me the idea to make my little boxwood wreaths for each of my windows. Just in case you have time here's how they turned out: Blessings, Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

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