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Francois Oberholster

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Christmas is the perfect time to showcase your creative talents! Whether you sew, embroider or paint your decorations, why not display your handiwork on a large branch suspended above the table? These stunning DIY cross-stitch ornaments from Just Love Stitch are hand-stitched on a hardboard template. The kits come with a base, how-to template and just the right amount of thread. It’s the ideal gift for someone special who enjoys crafting! Order yours at

All you need to make this beautiful leafy wreath is a wheel-shaped cardboard cut-out for the base, a selection of hardy leaves and sprigs (such as magnolia, lemon, bay, broad-leaved pepper, cyprus or pine), some metallic craft paint or spray paint and a glue gun. Look around the garden for leaves with different shapes and textures, keeping in mind that you want the wreath to dry out, rather than wilt after all your careful glueing; choose hardy leaves rather than delicate ones. Spray-paint some sprigs in metallic colours and allow them to dry before using your glue gun to assemble your artwork. Inspired by the blog

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