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Holly and Ivy Garland

A holly garland craft for you to make your Merry Christmas wonderful. Bring some ivy and holly branches together to create this festive garland.

Holly and Ivy Garland

Materials needed

  • Garland cylinders - 4.

  • A block of florist's foam.

  • Holly and ivy branches.

  • A sharp knife.

  • A newspaper.

  • Adhesive tape.

  • A long narrow ribbon strip.

  • Florist's wire.

  • Wrapping paper - 2 or 3.

How to make

Step 1
1.Cut the foam block into two equal pieces. Trim these to fit into each cylinder.

2.Clip and hook the cylinders together.
step-33. Cut off the required lengths from the holly and the ivy branches. Trim each of these to get stalks of about 4 cm (1½") length.

4. Use the knife to sharpen one end of each of the stalks. Insert a little the sharp ended stalks into the florist's foam.
step-5

5. Form a garland shape with the holly and ivy. Let several strands of ivy hang to give the garland a natural look.

step-6
6. Fold the newspaper and cut into 5 cm(2") wide strips. Roll each of these strips into a sausage like shape. Fasten these with clear adhesive tape to make a roll that will form the inner core.

7. Cut a part of the wrapping paper into 12 cm (5") strips.
step-8
8. Arrange the wrapping paper strips around the newspaper roll to form a firecracker shape. Hold these in place by winding the ribbon twice round the items and tying its ends in a bow. Trim the extra paper to give the cracker ends a neat effect.

step-9
9. Thread florist's wire behind the ribbon bows and then twist tightly to make a spear shape. Poke it into the florist's foam base to hold the crackers amidst the garland leaves.

Holly and Ivy Garland

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