When it comes to Christmas decorations, a creative eye and a crafty hand is all you need to get your home looking festive.
We challenged Katy Orme at Apartment Apothecary to create a simple Christmas wreath you and the kids can have fun crafting.
All you need to start are a collection of pine cones. Go for a wintry walk in a forest and get foraging – a great way to engage the whole family! Plus, no extra pine cone goes to waste.
What you’ll need
- Wire coat hanger
- Pine cones (between 16 and 20)
- Neon acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Floral wire
How to make your wreath
1. Stretch the wire coat hanger out into a circle, leaving the hook at the top intact.
- Space the pine cones out around the wire hoop, to work out how many you will need for the wreath.
- Now for the fun part – paint the tips of the pine cones in festive colours and leave to dry overnight. The bolder the colour, the better. Use some glue and glitter or spray snow if you like, whatever takes your fancy.
- To attach the cones to the wire hoop, wrap a piece of floral wire around the centre of each cone and twist the wire lengths around each other to secure.
- Attach the cone onto the hoop by wrapping the excess wire around it tightly.
- Carry on placing more cones onto the hoop, securing them as you go, until the entire hoop is covered. You can then hang the wreath using the hook at the top of the wire hoop.
Why not use any leftover painted pine cones as festive place holders for your table? Just slot a name card into each cone and you’re ready to go.