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seasonal stripes

A strong, bright background makes topiaries stand tall.

Stripes are everywhere, and they’re perfect for adding contemporary style to just about any display—including Christmas. These adorable cone-shaped ivy topiaries are perfect for the season since they are highlighted by the impact of the striped “trees” and coordinating “ornaments.”
In this vignette, we placed the ivies into festive red tin pot covers and tied on round striped ornaments with pieces of ribbon. The ornaments are made from pieces of foam-centered board striped with electrical tape, as are the conical pieces of foam board that sit behind the topiaries. Additional ornaments break up the stripes on the cone shapes, adding pattern-on-pattern finesse to a display made bold by its repetition of elements.

MATERIALS: Ivy Slender Cones from Schubert Nursery; tin red pot covers from Flowers, Inc. Balloons; ribbon from Morex Corp.; foam-centered board and electrical tape from favorite suppliers.

Excerpted from Florists’ Review 101 Great Displays with Coordinating Designs.
Cut a rectangular piece of
foam-centered board into
several triangle-shaped pieces
using an artist’s knife.
Stripe the cone with electrical
tape, overlapping some
pieces of tape to make
stripes of varying widths.
Cut circular pieces of foam-centered board, stripe them with electrical tape, punch a hole into each and tie a loop of ribbon to each.

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