Twig Christmas Tree more instructions

Ventured out into a cold and damp garden to gather some stems from my red dogwood. I picked the ones overhanging the lawn so pruned the tree as well!

I had 6 stems  in all, 2 quite long, 2 medium and 2 short. The little shoots and branches near the bottom of each stem had to be snipped off. I then arranged the stems in my left hand until it was in the shape I wanted (quite flat so it would sit back against the wall). Using some red ribbon (saved from Valentines chocolates !) I tied the stems firmly together.  It is quite hard to push the stems into the beads – you need to hold the vase in your left hand and use a screwing motion with your right hand- pushing down as well as screwing. This means the stems are really firmly held by the beads.

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My next job is to go up into the loft for the baubles. Excited!

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