|Holly branches freshly cut from the garden|
This post comes with a safety warning: today's craft is not to be attempted by toddlers. In fact, my hands are asking me why I even attempted it myself. But to me, nothing welcomes Christmas time more than a festive holly wreath on the door.
As it was a bright and sunny day today, Lilo and I went into the garden to cut some holly branches.
While I set to work using gloves and secateurs, Lilo enjoyed watering the remains of our diminutive "vegetable" patch and watching the frozen leaves trapped in the abandoned truck. In the meantime, Ju was hibernating in the buggy - he does seem to missing all the fun lately.
|Fun times with frozen things|
Back indoors, we started by making a circle of several lengths with garden wire.
|Garden wire circle structure|
|Attaching the first branch|
|Three branches in|
Once I had completed the circle and my hands were already starting to feel quite prickly, I tucked in the holly leaves that were pointing towards the centre. Holly leaves, unlike toddlers, don't have a will of their own and will happily be tucked out of the way. However, they are very prickly. Ouch.
Then we added some decorations, some of them wrapped around the structure, others just hot-glued onto the structure. Lilo enjoyed the shiny decorations and touched the leaves a few times to double-check how spiky they were.
|Decorations - shiny!|
|Our completed holly wreath hanging on the front door|