HOW TO MAKE… A PAPER WREATH
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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