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Electrical tape easily adds a peppermint twist to a basic bud vase design

Evoking a purely Christmas sentiment, this easy-to-assemble bud vase design features swirls of electrical tape wrapped to look like peppermint sticks. The white roses and snowberries (Symphoricarpos) nestled among cedar provide the most traditional of colors for the holiday, and the special candylike treatment gives the overall design a look that is both nostalgic and modern. This affordable yet highly festive design is sure to cause a twinkle in all of your customers' eyes. In addition to the bud vase and wooden dowels shown here, electrical tape can be used on a multitude of other containers and props, offering a creative look for many styles of arrangements.

MATERIALS: Milk Jug Bouquet Vase from Syndicate Sales; snowberries from California cut flower grower; cedar from Hiawatha Corporation; wired wood pick
from W.J. Cowee; roses, electrical tape and dowels
from favorite suppliers.

Wrap white electrical tape around a bud vase in an
upward, diagonal pattern.
Follow with red electrical
tape to form a peppermint-
striped effect.
Cover a wooden dowel with
white electrical tape, then with
red electrical tape in the same
manner as the vase. Repeat
with a second dowel.
Secure the "peppermint stick" dowels together with a wired wood pick, then cover the wire with a matching piece of tape. Insert the pick into the vase.

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