I’ll keep this one short and sweet: I read an article in one of the free London papers the other day about the best Christmas wreaths on the market, pored through it, wondered if we should get one, and quite liked the look of the brightly coloured pom-pom one….and then got home to a world of toddlers needing dinner and baths and bedtime and all thoughts of shopping for wreaths went out of the window. Life is like that, with small children, and many good intentions or passing thoughts just -vanish- (!!) …
And then, boringly rummaging around the house for some paperwork today, I came across a box of material I’d brought back from Tanzania in January, sitting quietly in a corner of the house, waiting for a purpose that would befit how special it was. (oh dear. This isn’t turning out to be that brief after all…)
Some of you might already know that back in my errant youth, I was once a Girls Brigade leader and a Sunday School teacher, so somewhere deep inside I have a slight arty crafty bent. And have made the odd Christmas wreath, you know. I dug into my wholesome crafty 17 year old self……and promptly made this:
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…and decided that I couldn’t exactly hang it on the door – it’s a bit too, well, duct-tapey to invoke any sort of festive cheer…
And so, I cut lots and lots of strips of coloured material, tied them around it, added some tiny little baubles, and ended up with this:
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And voila. A wreath. Not very succinctly explained, but I hope you get the gist of it. Better instructions below:
Get a bit of cardboard. Draw around a dinner plate to make a large circle. Cut it out with a small sharp knife (scissors will just infuriate you!!) You should now have a large cardboard circle to play with.
Take a side plate. Plonk it in the middle of your large cardboard circle and draw around it. Cut that out too. You should now have a large cardboard O shape. Duct tape the shit out of it, to pad it out and make it a bit more waterproof, and a bit less bendy. It should now resemble the first pic.
Cut strips of material, about 15cm long each and as wide or as skinny as you want them. Tie them individually around the cardboard/duct-taped O shape until it’s either full or you get bored.
Take your mini baubles (or other small charms – I have a small pot beside my bed of ‘bits’ like old pendants and broken junk jewellery that would have been perfect if only I’d remembered they were there…) and thread through skinny strips of material, and tie on at random around it to decorate.
Add a bow. Hang it up. Stand back and congratulate yourself on your creativity, frugality, and slightly bonkers wreath.
Merry Christmas!
Jack Monroe.
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