We show you how to make fake berries in these simple steps.

If you don’t have berries on your holly this year, don’t despair – you can easily make some realistic replacements.

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Our fake berries are made from play dough balls pushed on to wire sticks (or you could use off-cuts of pastry on garden wire).

How to make fake red berries with children

Dip the dry balls into red ready-mixed or acrylic paint. Two coats is preferable.

How to make fake red berries with children

After the second coat, darken your red paint slightly (by adding a drop of black paint) and paint one side so that the berry is no longer one solid colour.

We used our fake berries in a homemade Christmas table decoration. Click here for details.

Here at Amateur Gardening we love to hear from our readers and see what they have created, why not send us a picture of your fake berries. Please use our usual email address amateurgardening@timeinc.com.

Good luck.