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Card Garlands and Candy Pouches

The season's first greeting cards, arriving weeks before the family tree goes up, are enough to stir most people's decorative impulses.

Introduction

This year, festoon mirrors with lametta tinsel and use the sparkly wire to display your collection of cheerful tidings. Under the garlands, nestled in compotes, ribbon-lined candy pouches make sweet, simple party favors.

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Lametta tinsel -- thin, flexible wire covered in shiny tufts -- is available at crafts stores or by mail order. Narrow ribbon and twine work, too; use metallic finishes for maximum shine. Drape several strands across a mirror; affix to back of frame with thumbtacks. Hang cards with 1-inch double-ring paper clips.

  2. Step 2

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    Our pouches recycle 2- to 3-inch-wide ribbon scraps. Align ribbons; we paired sheers with solids so the treats would be visible. Trim ends with pinking shears, and stitch together lengthwise. Cinch one end of pouch with narrow ribbon or yarn, slip in mints, gumdrops, or peppermint sticks; tie other end.

Reviews (3)

  • starlightbh8 29 Apr, 2009

    Where are double-ring paper clips available to buy? I have searched everywhere from office supply stores to craft stores and still can't find it! I'd appreciate any help! Thanks! :)

  • jmeisen 11 Mar, 2008

    I've made garland like this for all kinds of seasons and holidays. Bethany Lowe makes the vintage-style garland and in a variety of colored metal. I've made garland for Halloween using the black, Easter using the pink etc. Super easy and it looks great. I'm looking forward to trying the candy holders w/ the ribbon scraps, too cute!

  • AlineSavi 4 Dec, 2007

    It's very easy but It's very beautiful. I'll make in my home!... (sorry for my english, because I'm learnning. I'm brasilian!)