Remember making pencil cups by gluing popsicle sticks to empty soup cans? This easy how-to is basically the same thing; only instead of using popsicle sticks, the floral artist uses peppermint sticks. Supplies are minimal and include:
- an empty coffee can,
- two large and one medium-sized rubber bands,
- a brick of floral foam,
- a handful of wrapped peppermint candies,
- a couple of yards of red velvet ribbon,
- 20 to 30 straight candy canes,
- a dozen stemmed, white flowers of your choosing,
- a scissors, knife and floral preservative.
Once you have the supplies gathered, you probably wouldn’t even need anyone to tell you how to use them, but here goes anyway.
- Soak your floral foam in water that’s been doctored with the preservative.
- Cut foam to fit inside can.
- Slip large rubber bands over can. (One high, one low.)
- Slip candy canes under rubber bands. When the can is covered, push rubber bands together toward the center of the peppermint sticks.
- Tie the ribbon around the center of the sticks, hiding the rubber bands.
- Keeping the stems of the flowers straight, gather them in one hand; slip the medium-sized rubber band around them, placing it up under the blossoms.
- Cut the flowers stems to about one foot in length.
- Hold the stems firmly and stick them into the center of the floral foam.
- Toss the covered peppermints over the top of the floral foam to conceal it.
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