Hello, Hambly-world! I’m so pleased to be sharing my first project here today. Although it’s perfect for Christmas, it’s not something you necessarily need to take down once the holidays are over. You could keep it up all year round or even think about changing the colours from season to season.
Hambly washi tape
Hambly papers (various)
Step 1: Tear a strip of washi tape, and press onto one of your wooden pegs. Carefully trim off the excess with a craft knife, so the tape neatly covers one side of the peg.
To cover with paper instead, spread glue onto the front of the peg and press the paper on top. Allow to dry for a few minutes, then trim away the excess, as before.
Cover as many pegs as you need – I used 38 for my wreath, but it will vary, depending on the width of your pegs and the size of wreath you decide to make.
Step 2: Take a piece of strong card or chipboard, and draw a circle, 18cm in diameter. Add a smaller 14cm circle inside, then cut out both circles to make a cardboard ring. Spread glue over one side of the ring and press down onto a piece of felt.
Step 3: Cut away the centre of the felt to leave a 1-2cm border around all edges of the ring. Fold the excess felt over and stick to the back of the cardboard.
Step 4: Now you can start adding your pegs. Clip them around the felt-covered card, lining up the bottom edges with the inside of the ring. I alternated between smaller and larger pegs to add interest, but all one size would work, too.
Step 5: Keep going, adding pegs until you’ve filled the whole ring. Space out colours and patterns for a random-but-even look. Then, stand back and admire. You can hang the finished wreath from a nail or picture hook, resting it underneath one of the pegs.
- My finished wreath is pretty sturdy – the felt grips the wooden pegs and keeps them in place really firmly - but if you want to add even more stability to yours, try gluing the individual pegs to the ring once you’re happy with your finished arrangement.
- A project like this is perfect for using up small scraps of Hambly paper, and also trying something different with your washi tapes. To complement them, I added just a few strips of vintage book text and some self-adhesive glitter paper (for extra Christmas-iness!).
- You can obviously adjust the size of the cardboard ring to make a larger or smaller wreath.
- By covering the front and back of your pegs, you get two wreaths for the price (and effort) of one. Just flip it over for a whole new look. I love the idea of maybe Christmas on one side and Easter or Valentine’s Day on the other. To use it as part of your everyday décor, rather than just for holidays and occasions, pick out colours which complement the rest of the room.
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