I carefully placed each cutting in the hole. This goes fairly quickly once you get the hang of it. After I completed my boxwood wreath, I went back with my pruning shears and trimmed any long stems that were sticking out. This created a well-trimmed and manicured look on my boxwood wreath.
I cut the tops of the boxwoods about 4-5 inches in length. This was a timely task so I just trimmed a few as I went. Looking back, I was glad that I had been selective with each piece, It's totally up to you.