Posted by AishaLGreen, 17 Nov, 2017
Wreaths and Christmas are like peas and carrots; they just go together! We’re not usually one to argue, but as soon as we spied the Create Christmas polystyrene wreath, we decided to throw caution to the wind and transform this perennial favourite into a very cool must- have for the home.
1. To create the body sections, take a polystyrene wreath and cut it in half with a serrated knife. Trim roughly 8cm off one of the halves to make it slightly smaller. Take another wreath and remove a section that is roughly an eighth of the shape. This will become the neck. To create the head, take a medium-sized polystyrene egg and cut off a slice so that it sits flush atop the neck. Attach the two together using cocktail sticks.
2. To create the scales, select four different shades of green textured cardstock and cut approximately 100 discs from each, using a medium circle palm punch. To create dimension, add green glitter glue to roughly a third of the darkest coloured discs.
3. Starting with the largest body segment, apply a line of double-sided tape along the right-hand side of the ridge that runs along the top of the shape. Remove the backing paper and start to secure the discs randomly, slightly overlapping them as you go. Alternate between adding the discs textured-side up or down, as well as incorporating some of the glittered discs. Repeat the process, this time on the left-hand side of the ridge. Follow the same process on the smaller body section.
4. Run double-sided tape from the base of the previously-applied discs from Step 3 to the ridge on the underside. Apply more discs so that they slightly overlap the one beneath it. For the head and neck, apply the discs in the same fashion, this time running the tape around the circumference of the polystyrene shape. Some circles may need to be trimmed down to sit flush with the base of the neck; do so with a small, sharp pair of scissors.
5. To complete, add wiggle eyes to either side of the head with Anita's Tacky Glue, holding in place for a short while until the glue starts to set.
Project and how-to instructions by Aisha Green. Project originally published in issue 84 of docrafts Creativity magazine.