Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Easy to make Roping

We are busy decorating for the holidays and also holding a variety of classes to help others prepare for the holidays both inside and out. One of our classes this week was as my kids would say "easy peasy". This roping class was made with a combination of faux and fresh greens. The trick is to have a piece of faux roping, we used 9 foot lengths. The secret is it must be roping that is wired and bendable. Then you simply add a variety of fresh cut greens. If you are going to use it indoors the greens must be well conditioned. To condition greens we cut them and put them in room temperature water for 2 or 3 days. If possible it is best to submerge them. If you are using the roping out doors the conditioning process is not as critical as it is if you plan to use greens inside our dry homes. So to make your own roping, cut your conditioned greens into 6-8 inch pieces and wire them into the faux roping using the bendable wired roping as your mechanic. The class went very quickly with most everyone finishing their project in about an hour. We had a large variety of greens: white pine, scotch pine, boxwood, chamaecyparis, red berried holly (for outdoor use), variegated arborvitae, concolor fir, and then some of the ladies added in pinecones and ribbon also.

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