As a part of our 24 Days of Advent collection, author and maker Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell shows you how to make a leafy copper garland through easy-to-follow instructions and a great portfolio of techniques.
Garlands are staples for every home celebrating Christmas, and they mark the season with their sparkle and frill. This leafy copper garland is more intricate and refined than the pound store variety, while using less waste and no plastic.
With an oak leaf template that’s provided by the course and some soft copper, you’ll be able to create a garland that will add DIY shine to your holiday décor. More taken with silver or gold? Try using aluminium foil or brass foil instead.
Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell likes using raw or discarded material and transforming it into something beautiful and useful. This ranges from painting/collage, sewing, making rag rugs, paper cutting to carving wooden spoons. Deborah originally trained in Fine Art and received a grant from the Crafts Council in 1987. She has exhibited work widely and has taught in schools, art schools and art residencies. She has written 30 project-based craft books on a range of subjects and wants to encourage and value 'handwork' and creativity.
"I like using simple techniques and a few tools, the process of making is important to me and I believe the objects made can improve and enhance life. You see, making things is profound and important.”
- Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell, Maker