{Make it} DIY papercut Christmas wreath

Metallic papercut Christmas wreath | Growing SpacesIt’s the first Sunday in Advent, and while I’m definitely not ready to put our tree up (ours doesn’t go up until mid December at the absolute earliest), I do think a festive wreath is a lovely addition to the front door anytime during Advent. My neighbour always has a seasonal wreath up – Christmas, Spring, Easter, Summer, Autumn – and I love her tradition.

Having pinned a number of papercut wreaths to my ‘for Christmas’ pinterest board recently, I decided that I’d make the most of my fantastic Cricut Mini, to create one myself. I chose a simple branch design that reminds me of eucalyptus (Fern 2 from the Serenade cartridge) and cut out a number of them using white, silver and copper card. I wrapped grey felt around a simple polystyrene wreath base, and then pinned the branches on with basic sewing pins, making sure to overlap the leaves to hide the ends.

Paper leaf Christmas wreath | Growing SpacesThe loop for hanging is made from copper slug tape (it’s supposed to repel slugs in the garden!) – this stuff is brilliant, and I’m definitely going to be using it for more craft projects.

Papercut leaf wreath | Growing SpacesThe papercut leaves curled up slightly when I peeled them off the Cricut mat, and I love the depth this adds to the finished wreath. If I didn’t have my Cricut machine, I’d choose a simpler shape such as holly leaves to cut by hand. I think these would look just as effective layered up like this, especially if you gently fold each leaf down the middle so that they have a 3D effect.

Festive wreaths will be the focus here this week, so visit again in a couple of days for a round-up of my favourite DIY wreaths from across the web, including ideas for adults and for kids to try at home. And because you can’t beat a traditional foliage wreath, I’ll include some tips for making your own at the end of the week. I’m already counting down the days to this year’s wreath-making workshop with my friend Sarah from Poppy & Peonies. Happy Advent all!

DIY papercut Christmas wreath | Growing Spaces

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3 Comments

  1. December 1, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    Slug tape?! That’s absolute genius.

    • Heather Young December 7, 2014 / 6:18 pm

      I know – who’d have thought you’d find beautiful copper tape in the garden centre?!

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