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How to make a handmade Christmas paper wreath

Country Living (UK) logo Country Living (UK) 05/12/2018 Alaina Binks
a close up of a flower: It's incredibly simple and looks amazing © Country Living|Alaina Binks It's incredibly simple and looks amazing

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Country Living's Deputy Home and Style Editor, Alaina Binks, is the brains and hands behind many of the wonderful makes and crafts we see in the magazine. 

So it was no surprise that, for the Country Living plastic-free Secret Santa, Alaina turned to the craft table to produce an environmentally-friendly – and absolutely beautiful – gift.

Here's how she made it...

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How to make a handmade Christmas paper wreath

You'll need:

  • multiple sheets of thick coloured paper or card
  • twine (for hanging)
  • wooden embroidery hoop
  • scissors or scalpel
  • thin wire
  • pencil
paper wreath © Country Living|Alaina Binks paper wreath

1. Using scissors, cut several sprigs of leaves, such as bay and holly, following the curve of the embroidery hoop from different tones of thick green paper or card. Cut a variety of lengths, making sure the stems are thick and sturdy.

2. Score each leaf with the back of a scalpel blade and bend in half to give it a 3D effect.

3. Carefully pierce a hole in the end of each sprig using a thick needle or scalpel.

4. Group together two or three sprigs of different shaped leaves and thread a long piece of wire through the hole in each piece to hold together. Leave the wire long at one end.

graffiti on a wall: paper wreath © Country Living|Alaina Binks paper wreath

5. Draw a circle, with a wavy edge, approximately 20cm-25cm in diameter onto a piece of scrap paper. Use this as a template to cut 10 circles from different shades of thick coloured paper or card. Each circle will make a rose.

6. Draw a spiral inside the circle, making the pencil line wavy. These will form the petals. These need not be perfect or at certain points. Cut along the pencil line.

a close up of text on a white background: paper wreath © Country Living|Alaina Binks paper wreath

7. Attach a long piece of wire to the outside end of one spiral and begin to roll the paper/card around the wire, holding the paper/card tight as the flower begins to form. Pierce a hole and thread through the wire in the end of the paper (the base of the flower). Let the flower unravel a little to open the petals. Repeat to make 10 roses.

a close up of a wooden fence: paper wreath © Country Living|Alaina Binks paper wreath

8. To assemble the wreath, build up the layers following the curve of the embroidery hoop winding the wire attached to each leaf sprig and rose to the hoop each time. Start with the leaves and then add the roses. Layer the leaves so that the next sprig covers the wire of the one before or is hidden underneath. Cover a third of the hoop for a modern-style or cover completely for a more traditional finish.

9. Once finished, cut away the excess wire from the back of the wreath.

a bouquet of flowers: It's incredibly simple and looks amazing © Country Living|Alaina Binks It's incredibly simple and looks amazing 10. Tie a loop of twisted-paper twine or string to hang.

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