Keep me hanging on

The dried floral art of Mark Antonia turns a festive symbol into something much sweeter that you can admire for ages.

YOU WILL NEED:
Long, malleable twigs (birch is ideal)
Dried foliage (we used eucalyptus)
Dried flowers (hydrangeas, roses… just have a hunt in your garden. Scented dried flowers will add another dimension)

TOOLS:
Sharp scissors or secateurs
Twine
A round woven bowl (the textured surface will stop the wreath slipping)
Glue (preferably hot glue)

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1. Work the twigs into a circular shape, twisting and weaving to create a firm foundation. Loosely tie them together with twine at a few points around the wreath to help them hold their shape as they dry.

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2. Place the finished circle over an upturned bowl to ensure it’s perfectly round, then put it in a warm, dry place: a sunny spot or the hot water cupboard will be ideal. Leave to allow the wreath to harden and become stronger and longer lasting.

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3. When the wreath is less malleable, take it off the bowl and remove the twine. Weave the flowers and foliage among the twigs, attaching them with just a little glue at the base of each. For a whimsical feel, let the natural structure of the wreath be your guide as to where to place each item, keeping some of the twigs bare.

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4. Use twine or ribbon to hang the wreath in your desired location.

Words Antonia De Vere
Photography
Michelle Weir

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