We'll show you how to create this striking wreath, which will last and last, simply by cutting leaves and berries from scraps of paper
Create this eye-catching wreath, which will last and last, simply by cutting leaves and berries from scraps of paper. It’s a great project to entertain the kids over the Christmas holidays – they’ll be able to hang them from their bedroom doors.
Perfect for anyone following our Waste Not, Want Not campaign, this is an ideal project for recycling old greetings cards, wrapping paper, leaflets or newspaper.
To complete this paper wreath, you will need:
✤ 12in rattan wreath
✤ Paper or thin card in a selection of greens, red and white
✤ Tracing paper, pencil and scissors
✤ Hot glue gun
✤ Glue stick or PVA
✤ Hole punch
✤ Ruler and blunt knife
Skill level: Easy-peasy
1 Trace off the holly, mistletoe and berry templates on to thin card and cut out.
2 Draw round the holly templates on to the back of some green card. Concertina the paper a few times and cut out multiple leaves at once.
3 Repeat with the mistletoe template on light and dark green card. Then cut some berry sprigs from red and white paper, and punch some circles from red paper.
4 Using a ruler and the back of a knife, score down the centre of the holly leaves and fold.
5 Apply a little PVA glue to the tips of the red sprigs and stick on the red berries, and leave them to dry.
6 Plug in the hot glue gun. Once it’s hot, apply a little to the backs of the holly leaves and dot them round the rattan wreath.
Do the same with the rest of the holly leaves and the mistletoe.
7 Cut and glue more leaves if needed, then intersperse the berries around the wreath and leave to dry. You can either prop the wreath up on a shelf or mantel, or tie a length of ribbon and hang it up on a door.