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I tried making a Halloween wreath to ward off the plague of freshers’ flu!

Wreath makin’ is an ancient practice. More commonly seen at Christmas and during remembrance events, but the “harvest” wreath used to be a popular thing too. To protect against crop failure… and ward off any plagues.

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With the new academic year underway and freshers flu lurking, this sounded like something we all needed in our lives. STAT! So here’s how we made our very own Halloween season wreath… using literally ZERO cash.

What you’ll need:

1. A ‘beg, steal or borrow’ mentality.
2. Some bendy twigs (begged off the neighbour who was cutting back their hedges.
3. Newspaper. (Uh, “borrowed” from the neighbour’s recycling box. Poor neighbour…)

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4. GLUE! If you don’t have and Modge Podge and you’re a frequent crafter then we got questions for you…
5. Scissors, a paintbrush, cable ties, a candle and matches (all stolen from the ‘rents)

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Ignore the Pritt Stick. And the pens. They were completely unnecessary. They just like the attention.

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So the first job is to make the wreath shape. But wait, aren’t wreaths circular? Well hot damn. You’re right. However I may have left the twigs too long before using them and it was like trying to bend iron. Who wants a circle when they can have an evil eye? 

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Also, you don’t need cable ties if you want to weave or have twigs long enough to make a full circle. But I did not. And I am inherently lazy. So… cable ties. Bosh.

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I then started making the stuff to adorn it. Make it pretty like. To appease the plague spirits, or whatever. So, I cut out circles and then cut that circle into a spiral (see next pics)… and then…

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CAREFULLY burned the heck out of the edges. If you are not EXTREMELY careful then the whole lot will go up in flames. Literally. It happened. Singe it, and if it sets alight quickly blow it out.

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And you get something that looks like this!

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Take some glue and start winding the spiral back up, gluing it in place as you go. And hey look! It’s a flower! Repeat this for as many flowers as you want.

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Then you want to cut out some strips. Don’t need to get too accurate about it, just roughly the same size.

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Starting at the top, I glued each strip into a folded over curl and the glued that straight on to the wreath. I did this twice to make two rows. But you can do as few or as many as you like!

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Also, thought I was being clever finding a use for all those matches I wasted by accidentally blowing the candle out. IT LOOKS COOL, OK?!

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AND TA-DA! This is deffo going to ward off them plagues. I can vouch for the fact that I have not gotten ill in the 24 hours since I made it. So… it’s got a 100% success rate. Squad.

Is this totally crazy, or a actually little bit cool? Tell us in the comments! 

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Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.