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into the back of the wreath and trim any loose pieces.


4. Collect some oak leaves and use these as templates to draw an assortment of leaf shapes onto gold paper and cut them out. Alternatively, use gold spray paint to decorate plain brown paper leaves or leave them as they are for a more natural, rustic look.


5. Now it’s time to decorate the wreath. Cut a length of the same yarn you used to wrap the wreath and knot the end onto the back of the wreath. Using a darning needle, make a small stitch into the yarn wrapped around the card where you want to position your first leaf. Then make one long stitch down the bottom half of the leaf. Your stitch should start and end at the back of


the leaf. Finish by making another small stitch in the base of yarn to help keep the leaf in place.


6. Repeat this process with each leaf shape, gradually layering the leaves on top of each other as you work your way down the side of the wreath. You will use several lengths of yarn doing this, and as before, tie the final ends of the yarn into the back of the wreath and trim any loose pieces so they are not visible.


7. Finally, use another length of yarn (or a piece of co-ordinating ribbon) to hang the wreath in place.


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