Make a Dried Leaf Christmas Wreath
Dressing your front door with a wreath at Christmas time helps to create a wonderfully warm, festive welcome to the outside of your home. Collect fallen leaves and seed heads in the fall and turn them into this stunning arrangement.
- Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
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When collecting leaves, look for fallen leaves in early and mid-fall before the weather takes its toll. Red oak and maple are good choices. Depending on the room temperature and type of leaf, they can take up to a week to dry out and flatten.
- richly colored leaves
- sheets of newspaper
- 1 large circular wire wreath frame, available from florists or mail-order companies
- thin wire
- mesh ribbon
- eco-friendly adhesive glue
Arrange leaves in a single layer between sheets of newspaper under a mat or piece of carpet, or place a couple of heavy books on top.
Once the flattened leaves are completely dry, make up the wreath. Secure the wire in a loop and attach it to the top of the frame.
Wrap the mesh ribbon around the frame in a zig-zag fashion. Staple it onto the frame at intervals to cover the frame completely.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008
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