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Beech leaves are among the slowest deciduous foliage to break down, making them perfect for Christmas decorations. Combine them with elegant poppy seed heads and spray with silver paint to show off their intricate structure and add sparkle to your Christmas tree. Don't worry if you can't find any poppy seed heads - look out for pine cones on woodland walks to use instead.
Arrange the leaves into the shape of a flower and glue them in place, one at a time.
When dry, push a skewer through the centre of your arrangement to make a hole.
Push the stem of the seed head through the hole and glue it in place at the base.
Spray the decoration and allow it to dry, then tie it to your Christmas tree by the poppy stalk.