It’s nearly time to start the hedgerow scavenge for the perfect leafy boughs to dress your Christmas wreath. Our wreath is up and ready to welcome Christmas on the door of MakeArt HQ. We decided on a natural wreath this year but have added some bits from our Decopatch and craft supplies cupboards.
Here’s what we used
- Lots of small evergreen branches
- Gold Raffia Ribbon
- Decopatch Papers
- Decopatch Glossy Glue
- Wire cutters
- Glue brush
We used willow wreaths, which we created last year, for our base. If you don’t have any, willow wreaths are simple to make. Just soak your willow branches in water overnight, then in the morning they will be much more bendy. Make a circle with your first branch and wrap the ends over and under each other. Start the next willow loop 1/4 turn from the start of the first willow loop and twist around the base loop. Keep adding your loops 1/4 turn from the last loop until your wreath is the thickness you want.
Next, gather your foraged findings! Trim any longer boughs to short, easy to manage lengths and remove any leaves towards the ends of the stems. This is so you have enough stem to use to wind into your wreath later.
Choose your favourite festive Decopatch papers and decide which leaves you want to be decorated. Any leaves that are slightly damaged or browning can be covered with Decopatch.
Tear your chosen papers into smaller pieces.
Spread the Decopatch glue onto the leaf with a glue brush. Just brush enough for one piece of paper at a time.
Place your piece of paper onto the glued area.
Cover each piece of paper with Glue to give it a glossy seal.
Add more pieces until your leaf is covered.
Add your branch to your wreath, position it and secure it with a short length of wire at the back if necessary.
Keep adding your Decopatch branches to your wreath until you fill out your wreath base.
Using paper raffia ribbon we created a huge bow to hang from the bottom of our wreath.
Push a short piece of wire through the back of the knot in your bow and use this wire to attach your ribbon to your willow wreath.
We have used a nice festive length of ribbon to hang our wreath from our door.