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Topic: The Holly and the Ivy, when they are both full grown... MUST be trimmed  (Read 800 times)
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« on: December 14, 2012 01:31:01 PM »

And once trimmed, made into wreaths.  There are two holly and ivy wreaths for the front doors.  The greenery is simply wired onto green wire florists forms using green floral wire.  It helps to tie the wire on when you start.  Don't worry about wrapping it neatly or evenly.  All you are doing is trying to avoid crushing the leaves and making sure it is secure.  For much of they ivy, I simply wrapped it around the wire frame, securing it with the wire ties only here and there. 

It is sometimes easier to wrap small bundles of greenery together with the wire before wiring it onto the wreath.  Also, if you have a lot of greenery (and a high tolerance for being poked by leaves) you can make the small bundles and then wire them together into a garland. 

I made two of the small holly wreaths.  One of them mysteriously flew south when some one jumped in his car last visit.

Yes there is one for each door, but I couldn't hold the doors open and I didn't feel like plaguing the spud just to show you a picture. 

Before you ask, my front doors aren't pink.  They are a nasty sort of orangy brown that has not fared well win the sunshine.  I'm going to paint them one of these days, but the dark green I want will absorb too much heat in the summer. 

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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2012 03:40:50 PM »

Very cool - I love the look!  (Also, now the song is in my head!)
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2013 11:55:12 AM »

They are very pretty. - And it shows better on a pink door than on a dark green one!  Cheesy

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