Deck The Halls: DIY Wreath-Making with Paper Hawk

A recipe for Christmas joy…

Mariah on repeat

Death by mince pies

Family feuds

Forced and organised fun

Tone death musical renditions

Queen’s speech

Peeling 1,234,678 sprouts

Turkey sandwiches, turkey broth, turkey turkey turkey

Pigs in Blankets wars

Midnight Mass

Shit jokes

Bucks Fizz

Uninvited carol singers

Monopoly

Afternoon snoozing

Ah Christmas, you beauty.

Not complete of course without the pièce de résistance - a festive wreath,

an enduring tradition signifying the conclusion of the year and the promise and opportunity of the next.

As we bid farewell to our Yolklore Slow Down series for 2018, celebrating the comfort and cosiness of the great indoors, we wrap up the year end with a creative activity courtesy of Manchester-based designer Laura Tallon aka Paper Hawk.

Born out of desire to create paper collages that weren’t ‘perfect’, but who’s imperfections made them interesting, Laura’s illustrations embody character, charm and real life.

Using paper salvaged from magazines, newspapers, empty packaging and what ever she get her hands on, Laura is the queen of up-cycling.

As we aim to shop a bit more consciously this Christmas, creating our own decorative wreath seemed like not only the perfect slow-down activity but an optimal way of preventing the last-minute spending splurge.

Without further ado girls and boys, we present to you a Paper Hawk x Yolklore’s DIY Christmas paper wreath how-to-guide…

Materials for Wreath:

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Cereal box or cardboard

two different size plates to trace the wreath around

double sided tape

string

brown paper

pencil

scissors

glue

coloured paper - scrap magazines, leaflets and card (up-cycle baby)

leaf template (download here)

Making the wreath base

Step 1:

Firstly, double up your cardboard by folding once over for thickness and durability. Find two different-sized plates to trace the circles around and to create the two rings for the wreath. The finished wreath will be about the size of the larger plate.

Step 2:

Place your large plate upside down on the cardboard and use a pencil to trace around it. Place the smaller plate down onto the center of the circle that you have just drawn and trace around it. Cut around the outside edge of the large circle and cut out the smaller circle - the middle section. You can then discard the circle and you will be left with two rings. Next glue the two layers of cardboard together.

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Creating the foliage

Step 3:

For the leaves, use the leaf templates kindly provided by Laura and draw the leaf shapes on to the assortment of coloured card, we recommend using old magazines and leaflets. Aim for a mixture of colours to create 30-40 leaves, 8 of each colour.

Then cut out the leaves. You can stack 2 to 3 pieces of paper at once and cut through them to speed up the process.

Step 4:

Once you have cut out all the leaves, fold them in half length ways and unfold to make a crease down the middle. This will make them stronger and also more realistic.

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Taking shape

Step 5:

Before gluing the leaves to the base, do a trial run of how you would like the leaves to be presented on the wreath. Alternatively, just go for it!

Glue the end parts of the leaves to the wreath and layer the leaves over one another at different angles so that they overlap.

The Little Details

Step 8:

For the craft connoisseurs,  why not try making your own cinnamon sticks. You’ll need your brown paper for this. Tear a piece of the brown paper, around half a piece of A4. Like rolling a cigar, use both hands to roll the paper.

Once you have rolled it twice over, glue the edge of the remaining paper to keep the roll secure. Then chop the roll into smaller pieces, about 5cm in length to create mini sticks. Then tie two together with a piece a string.

Final touches

Step 9:

To create the small fans, cut a square of coloured paper, around 4-5cm width. Concertina the paper, then fold the fan in half while still folded. Next, tie a bit of string around the middle and knot.

Fan out both of the concertinaed sides on either side of the knot so that the flat end panel from one sided reaches the flat end panel from the other side.  Apply a length of double sided tape to one of the flat panels and join the other than fans up to meet it. Then repeat for the other side. Voila! Attach with double sided tape or glue.

Take a Bow

Stage 11:

To make a bow cut roughly 50cm of string. Depending on how you want to hang the wreath, you can either bring one end of the string through the centre of the rings and tie both end together to create a loop or glue both end the string to the back of the wreath to secure it.

And there you have it folks, you’re very own handmade decorative wreath.

Hopefully no cinnamon sticks were thrown across the room in anger, or maybe they were…embrace that creative Christmas rage…

Our Slow Down series of events, editorial and experiences has sought to navigate the tricky winter season with warmth and creativity, an invitation to take your foot off the gas and invest in activities that nourish and replenish.

In the New Year we will return with our Exploration series as we delve into the world of experiential, discovery and opportunity, we’ll see you there!