Recently, the team at Turtle Mat challenged me to make a Christmas wreath.
I've never tried to make a wreath before so, honestly, I wasn't sure quite where to start. I did what I would do faced with any new project: I turned to Pinterest. A quick search uncovered all sorts of fancy, intricate, ornate, beautiful wreaths which made me feel inspired (you can see my board here) but I knew I'd be lucky to find half an hour for crafting. I needed something simple.
Turtle Mat had sent me the metal wreath ring (which may well have some special name I don't know about), a glue gun, a few festive trinkets and a £10 Amazon voucher. I also had the option to go out and gather natural elements - and that's exactly what I would have done if I could have faced the hunt for a holly tree in the freezing cold with a buggy and a disinterested baby. So: I also needed something very inexpensive.
I bought a big bag of pre-cut silver and gold cardboard stars and plugged the glue gun in.
While I waited for the glue to get hot and melty, I found somewhere to perch the tiny robin Turtle Mat had sent me. First Christmas decoration of the year. Cute, right?
Once the glue was ready, I took some of the largest cardboard stars and spaced them around the circle. I made sure that they all sat under one ring and over the other as [I figured] that would make the finished wreath sturdier.
And then I spent a whole five minutes gluing other stars on at random.
And... that was it.
Quite possibly the quickest, easiest Christmas wreath imaginable. It's surprisingly effective, though, and had Matilda entranced for a good half hour.
I still had a handful of cardboard stars left along with a length of festive string which Turtle Mat had supplied so I decided, while I was at it, I would make a starry dangling decoration, too.
All I did was glue stars of the same size either side of the string, tie a knot in the top and hang it up. It couldn't have been simpler.
This post is an entry into the Turtle Mat Festive Wreath competition. All opinions etc are my own.