How to make Christmas decorations out of holly berries

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How to make Christmas decorations out of holly berries
Encapsulate seasonal festivity with holly berries, fir cones and tartan. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Christmas decorations help brighten up the look of your home in time for fun seasonal celebrations. Holly berries and their spiky leaves provide splashes of traditionally festive colours such as deep green and bright red when used for decorations such as wreaths, tree ornaments and table settings. You can buy ready-cut holly from outlets such as garden centres, or grow a holly bush in your garden for an abundant supply of berries around the time of Christmas. Holly berries are poisonous and their leaves are sharply pointed. It's therefore essential to keep any holly-inspired decorations out of children's reach and away from explorative pets, too.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 3.5-m greenery garland
  • 71-cm hula hoop
  • 22- or 24- gauge craft wire
  • Sprigs of holly
  • String
  • Ribbons
  • Bows
  • 7.5 -cm foam balls
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • 1.5-cm ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hurricane candle holders
  • Artificial snow powder
  • Candles
  • Holly berries

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  1. 1

    Wind an artificial greenery garland around a green-coloured hula hoop. Secure the garland with craft wire. If your hula hoop is not green-coloured, you could wind green crepe paper tightly around it and then secure the crepe paper with tape before you attach the greenery garland. Tie sprigs of holly berries to the garland using craft wire, and add embellishments in complementing colours of green and red, such as tartan ribbons and red- and green-coloured bows. Hang the wreath on your door or wall.

  2. 2

    Paint the foam balls using red acrylic paint. Once the paint has dried, fold 15-cm lengths of ribbon in half and glue the ribbon ends to the foam balls using a hot glue gun. Hot-glue holly berries onto the foam balls to cover their surfaces and then hang them on your Christmas tree.

  3. 3

    Fill clear glass hurricane candle holders to about quarter full with non-flammable, artificial snow powder. Insert large white church candles into the snow powder. Scatter a thin layer of holly berries around the candles. Space out the candles along a table runner to create a glowing centrepiece.

Tips and warnings

  • Never leave lit candles unattended.

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