This piece was originally published in Eco-Age
There’s nothing quite as cosy as an afternoon of Christmas crafts, finding creative ways to wrap presents and decorate the house without single-use plastic, glitter or bows. Here’s my festive guide to making natural miniature wreaths to embellish your walls and presents.
In the bottom of every jewellery box, I expect to find a jumble of old bangles – shiny and round but chipped and unloved. These neglected pieces of jewellery can be transformed into beautiful, miniature wreaths and make for an inexpensive, zero-waste Christmas decoration or gift. Fasten onto wrapped presents in place of glittery bows, or hang on walls for a natural, yet festive, decoration.
You Will Need
- A selection of small dried flowers and grasses
- An old bangle or embroidery hoop – any spare circular hoop you can find
- <20cm florist or jewellery wire
- 10cm ribbon or string
- Round nose pliers (non-essential but very handy)
- Put together three or four stems of grass or dried flowers.
- Pinch the stems on top of the bangle and wrap around a 2cm section of wire.
- Repeat steps one and two, leaving an even distance between the flowers.
- Once you’ve filled the bangle, you can slot in extra stems to fill out the gaps.
Why not try adding in different flowers to create different moods? Gypsophilia adds a beautiful snowy effect.
- Finish off with a piece of ribbon or string.
I have a few of these for sale, if you’re interested please use the contact form below. 100% of sales will go to the UN Refugee Agency. Recommended donation £17