The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Do to Keep Your Wreath Fresh All Season Long

published Nov 25, 2022
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Bringing the outside in is always a good idea — especially when “the weather outside is frightful.” With so many trees so starkly leafless, wreaths and garlands (and maybe even some mistletoe) feel particularly magical. But while these touches of nature bring instant holiday spirit into our spaces, the dreaminess dims when pine needles begin to litter our floors or the leaves on our live wreaths begin to get brittle and brown. 

Luckily, there’s a relatively simple solution: Misting your wreath is the best way to keep your greenery fresh and the festive feelings going strong. 

Credit: Amelia Lawrence

Why You Need to Mist Your Wreath — And How to Do It

Browning and drying go hand-in-hand, and misting — frequently — is the best way to keep your wreath from drying out.

Mist the front, often. Ideally, you’ll want to mist the front of your wreath three times a day: morning, noon, and night.

Mist the back, too. Every two to three days, you should also mist the back of your wreath. Spritz some water where the cut portions of the branches are visible. Bonus: This will help bring out the fragrance of the wreath.

Cover it at night. Another trick for keeping your wreath moist it to cover it with a plastic garbage bag at night. Doing this consistently should make a huge difference in keeping your wreath fresh longer. 

Avoid direct sunlight and heat vents. If possible, choose a spot for your wreath that isn’t in direct sunlight — or in the path of heat vents.