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Wrapped in Newspaper’s 12 days of Christmas: Homemade Wreath

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Ok, technically this isn’t a wreath as it isn’t ‘wreath’ shaped, who cares? I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. Christmas wreaths are the ideal way to introduce a bit of a festive feel to your front door. Bought ones, I think, can look a bit tacky and crap unless you buy an expensive one – and who has an extra bit of money to spend on a pricey wreath?!
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I have made one for the last couple of years but this was a new technique I tried and uses things that you should have lying around already without having to purchase anything especially for it.

What you need:

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Foliage – I used holly, ivy and another plant that shall remain nameless (because I don’t have a clue what is is) but it has bright red berries on! These were all in our garden, but you could go to a local park or wood and see what you can collect.

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A potato (medium size), some foil and some string. You can involve some ribbon too if you have some lying around – I didn’t.

Yes, who knew a potato could be used in this way – apparently is helps to keep your wreath looking fresh because your stems can draw moisture from it.

Wrap the potato in the foil and tie the string around it, creating a loop which will enable you to hang your wreath.
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I used a skewer to pierce the potato, gradually build up your foliage on one side of the potato – it is best to wear gloves, holly hurts and my hands are now scratched to pieces!

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I wasn’t too worried about having an even symmetrical look and just kept going until I couldn’t see the foil anymore.

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This is what the back looks like – just to give you some idea.

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Using the loop I made with the string it was ready to hang. Honestly, this took me no longer than half an hour and nobody else will have the same!

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Why not make your own too? We would love to see your wreaths – follow us on Instagram or Twitter and share your wreaths with us!

Veronica x

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