In the December 2009 issue of Better Homes and Gardens’ Christmas Ideas magazine, I saw a project involving decorating a square glass vase with candy canes (page 10, article entitled “Merry in Minutes”). The finished vase was filled with fresh red carnations anchored in floral foam. I decided to give this idea a try.
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Using Bob’s Peppermint Sticks bought at Cracker Barrel for 99 cents per bag, I hot glued each candy stick to the sides of a square glass vase. It’s sealed with clear acrylic spray. Then I put a wired red velvet ribbon edged with white around the base, hot gluing it in a couple of places so it won’t slip off.
Instead of fresh flowers, I planted a small rosemary plant in my new vase. Not only does the rosemary look like a small Christmas tree, it's useful in the kitchen and has a wonderful fragrance.