Christ­mas wreath

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CHRISTMAS CRAFT -

WHAT YOU NEED

Wire, wire coat hang­ers or a pre-made metal ring (pur­chase from your lo­cal hab­er­dash­ery store) Wire cut­ter, pli­ers Fabric in dif­fer­ent colours and styles (enough to cre­ate mul­ti­ple strips) Ad­di­tional dec­o­ra­tions/ trim­mings such as silk flow­ers, fresh or ar­ti­fi­cial green­ery, dried gum, banksia leaves, ivy or seashells Gold and sil­ver paint, ei­ther in a spray can or pot­ted, if you wish to paint your dec­o­ra­tions Hot glue gun Rib­bon

1 Cre­ate a ring us­ing wire or a coathanger (pic A, be­low), then wrap your cho­sen fabric around the ring to cover it. Re­peat un­til your de­sired den­sity is achieved (pic B). 2 Cut the rest of the fabric into strips (ap­prox 10cm wide/length op­tional). Rip them man­u­ally if you would like a frayed or rus­tic look, or cut us­ing scis­sors. For a neatly fin­ished look you can over­lock fabric strips on your sew­ing ma­chine. 3 Tie fabric strips in­di­vid­u­ally around the wrapped ring, push­ing them close to­gether to cre­ate bulk, and ty­ing some into bows, to achieve a rus­tic, hand-made con­struc­tion. 4 Dec­o­rate your wreath us­ing se­lected trim­mings. Firstly, tuck all the trim­mings into place to see if you are happy with the look, then ap­ply glue to se­cure them in place. Fi­nally, use rib­bon to cre­ate a hang­ing loop, and glue or tie it to your wreath at the de­sired length.

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