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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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