The pip berry is commonly used in primitive-, country- or cottage-style decor. The berry is not real. It comes in garlands, wreaths or long faux branches at craft stores. It is very similar to the branch of the Wych elm tree. According to the Conservation Volunteers of Northern Ireland, the tree does not have petals; it forms only the small berry buds. You can spruce up a variety of crafts and decor items with artificial pip berries.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Pip berry branches
- Decor items
- Hot glue gun
- Craft floral
Choose artificial pip berry stems at your local craft or art supply store. Look for a quality pip berry that looks realistic and well-painted. Do not choose one whose berries are painted unevenly or whose branches break easily when bending. If you have access to a Wych elm, trim branches in late spring to create decor items.
Wrap the pip berry branches around decor items as a means of adding colour. Suggestions include napkin rings, candles, floral vases and other home decor accessories. Keep the pip berry vines in place with a spot of hot glue. Hold the vines in place until dry.
Cut the pip berry vine into smaller sections and glue them to the wrapped vine for added fullness. Add hot glue and hold in place till dry. You can add craft items such as glitter, ribbon, vines and other floral craft pieces to your pip berry decorating projects.
Tips and warnings
- Flip through decorating books and magazines for pip berry decorating ideas. The pip berry is often used during the Christmas holiday season due to the red berries coordinating with Christmas colours.
- Always use caution when using a hot glue gun. The melting glue can burn your skin.
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