There’s nothing quite like creating your own decorations to get into the festive spirit! Here’s our guide to making a beautiful golden wreath with some simple supplies that can be easily adapted according to your taste.

What You’ll Need:

– Holly
– Large Twigs or Bamboo
– Small Twigs
– Rosemary
– An Orange
– Pine Cones
– Small Plastic Baubles
– An Adhesive Glue or Glue Gun
– Mod Podge
– Glitter
– Ribbon
– Gold Spray Paint
– General Purpose Varnish

Instructions:

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Step 1 – Cut 6 large twigs or bamboo sticks of equal length and arrange in a hexagonal formation. Fix together using an adhesive. If you have access to a glue gun then we recommend using it for this step.

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Step 2 – Wrap smaller twigs and sprigs of rosemary around your hexagon to strengthen the structure of the base. Flip over and arrange your holly in a similar fashion.

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Step 3 – Spray the structure with some gold spraypaint. Don’t worry about getting a 100% even coating as some exposed green here and there looks great. Leave to dry.

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Step 4 – Slice your orange into even pieces and leave to dry on a radiator or in the oven alongside your pine cones (this allows them to flower).

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Step 5 – For extra sparkle you can add some Mod Podge and glitter to your pine cones.

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Step 6 – Arrange the pine cones, baubles, ribbons and orange slices around your wreath in a fairly even formation. Once you’re happy with your formation fix everything in place using your adhesive.

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Step 7 – Once dry, coat the entire wreath with a general purpose varnish. A spray varnish is most convenient for this purpose.

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Step 8 – Add a nice thick ribbon or piece of string to the back of the wreath to hang on your wall or door. Bonus tip: if you’re hanging the wreath on your front door use a piece of fishing wire to fix the wreath to the letterbox. This will prevent it from blowing around if it gets windy.

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And there you have it! All of the non-natural supplies necessary for this make are available in-store at great prices throughout the festive period. We’d love to see your wreaths as well – don’t forget to send us photos of your creations to blog@cowlings.com.

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