Rosie and Ivy

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‘When the candle is lit there are beautiful reflections from the silver and coloured foil. It looks lovely in the summer as well’

Materials: drinks can, gold thread, silver thread, thin gold ribbon, small gold beads (optional), ivy rose and leaf templates, pretty jam jar.

Equipment: single hole punch, tracing wheel, craft scissors, craft knife, thick tapestry needle, black/blue ballpoint pen.

Level of skill    

45 minutes

1. Prepare two drinks cans – see preparation of materials.

2. Using a cardboard cereal box, make ivy leaf and rose templates, two from each of the templates – see preparation of materials and templates.

3. Lay the ivy leaves and roses on the flattened drinks can.


4. Hold the template steady with your hand. Using the pen draw round the template. Repeat for each template.


5. Cut roughly around the outline of the ivy leaves and roses. Then cut carefully round the drawn outline.


6. Lay your cardboard ivy leaf and rose templates on top of the aluminium cut-out roses and leaves. Trace the veins with a tracing wheel. Press it hard enough for dents to appear on the tin ivy leaf and rose.


7. Using the tapestry needle, prick a hole through the tin leaves and rose at every other dent. Punch a hole at the top of the leaf.


8. Thread the needle with gold thread stich along the veins using a back stitch. You can embellish this with beads between the stitches, with silver thread or with a more ornate thread.

9. Follow steps 5-8 for the other other ivy leaves.


10.  Punch a hole at the top of each ivy leaf and rose. Thread gold ribbon through the hole and after threading tie a loop to separate the leaves from each other. Place round the jam jar and tie a bow.

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