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In this guide we will look at a simple method for how you can make a festive wreath at home.
  • Thick cardboard
  • 2 plates of different sizes to draw around
  • Pen or pencil
  • Garden string
  • Scissors
  • Secateurs (optional for collecting the below)
  • Greenery
  • Foliage with berries like holly or ivy

1. Take a large cardboard box and cut down the sides until you have a piece large enough to fit a dinner plate (around 25cm across).

2. Place the cardboard on a flat surface and carefully place the dinner plate face down onto the card. Take a pen or pencil and draw around the large plate first. Take the smaller plate and place it roughly in the middle of the outline you have just drawn. Then carefully draw around the smaller plate.

3. You might need help with this step. Using scissors cut around the cardboard template. Cut along the outside line first. Then fold the cardboard template in half and make a small cut with the scissors. You will then, safely be able to cut around the inside ring.

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4. You will need around 3 metres of string. You can use a tape measure or if you don’t have one it is around 3 times the length of your outstretched arms.

5. You might need help with this step. Tie the string onto the cardboard then wrap it around the template until you get to the end of the string. Then tie this end firmly.

6. Put on your gloves to protect your hands. Cut small pieces of foliage or greenery and then poke them under the string to hold them firmly in place. You can use as little or as much greenery as you like but the aim is to try and cover the cardboard template.

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7. You can add anything to your wreath including greenery with berries or fruit or other bits of nature.

8. Wrap around some ribbon or string and tie a knot at the top. Well done! You can now hang up your festive wreath proudly on your door.

If you hang your wreath outside on the front door then it should last for a few weeks over the festive period. If it is kept indoors it will dry out quite quickly.

If you want to make it an eco-wreath then you will need to use natural fibre garden string like cotton, jute, sisal, or hemp, and avoid using materials such as ribbon. Then as everything is recyclable you can pop the whole wreath in the compost after Christmas. Alternatively, you can dismantle the wreath after Christmas, taking off items that aren't biodegradable and then compost the rest.

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