Make your own festive wreath

FACT: The wreath's circular shape is symbolic of the festive season, representing eternity and no beginning and no end. So why not create a wreath that you can re-use each year!

TIP: Make your own Christmas wreath for your front door, its easy. All you need is a wire coat hanger, tape, newspaper and some scrap materials, ribbons, raffia or anything else you can get your hands on! Try and harvest a few pieces of wild holly, firs and berries which you can stick on the final wreath to top if off.

Perri Lewis shows how:

  1. Bend the coat hanger into circle (it doesn't have to be perfect). You can leave the hook on for easy hanging, or snip it off and hang your wreath on something else. I'd always take it off for a neater, less this-used-to-be-an-old-coat-hanger look, but each to their own.
  2. Scrunch up a piece of newspaper into a sausage shape - a double page of Guardian paper works well - and secure it around the coat hanger circle with sticky tape. This should cover one half: you'll need another piece to cover the other half.
  3. Tie on pieces of ribbon, material or anything else you have to hand (I've seen a lovely orange wreath made from pieces of Sainsburys bags). I cut all my pieces to about 8cm. You can aim for a neat, simple wreath like this one or tie on loads of bits for something that looks much fuller.
  4. If you left your hook on, cover the back of a piece of ribbon in PVA glue and wind it around it.
  5. Finish with a bow, or hang something pretty in the middle.

See Perri Lewis' original article.

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