HOW TO MAKE… A PA­PER WREATH

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

Pa­per in sage green and dark green Crepe pa­per in white and pink Paint in pink, red, gold, light green and black Poly­styrene balls, 25 1cm ( 3 /8"), one 1.5cm ( 5 /8") and one 2cm ( ") Gold ring, 15cm (6") di­am­e­ter Rib­bon, 40cm (15 "), 1.5cm ( 5 /8") wide Flo­ral tape Flo­ral wire Wire cut­ters Bone folder Paint brush Hot glue gun Quick-dry­ing glue

Wreaths at Christ­mas time are an age-old tra­di­tion, but we love the con­tem­po­rary twist this life­like pa­per ver­sion has been given.

Sarah has recre­ated sprigs of eu­ca­lyp­tus, blousy anemones and del­i­cate roses with an at­ten­tion to de­tail that’ll earn this re­al­is­tic gar­land a dou­ble take. Stud­ded with berries in com­pli­men­tary hues of red, pink, gold and white, this in­tri­cate piece is wound around a gold ring to add a clean el­e­gance to the mod­ern fo­liage and blooms.

With templates sup­plied for each in­di­vid­ual leaf and petal, you can eas­ily craft your own ver­sion. All you need is a quiet af­ter­noon, a steady hand, and a few flower ar­rang­ing es­sen­tials – fes­tive back­ground mu­sic op­tional. 01 Use wire cut­ters to cut 22 6cm (23/ 8") lengths of flo­ral wire. Take one length and ap­ply a small amount of hot glue to one end, then quickly push it into the cen­tre of a 1cm ( 3 /8") poly­styrene ball. Re­peat with the re­main­ing wires.

02 Paint seven poly­styrene balls us­ing pink paint, five us­ing red paint, and five us­ing gold paint. Leave five balls white. Once dry, group the berries in twos and threes, as shown, twist­ing the wires to­gether to se­cure them.

03 Us­ing the templates on page 96, cut 20 round eu­ca­lyp­tus leaves from the sage green pa­per: four small, four medium, four large and four ex­tra large. To pre­pare the eu­ca­lyp­tus sprigs, cut two 12cm (4 ") lengths of flo­ral wire.

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