When I decided on a swamp shack, I immediately thought of cattails!

project2011cattail1  But I had never made them before, so I did a little research and this is what I came up with.  I started with a piece of wire and added green fondant to it, keeping it as thin as possible, knowing that I had to build the brown around it.

project2011cattail2 I then added brown fondant, and wrapped it around the green.

project2011cattail3 Next came the leaves.  Taking the same green fondant as the stem, I rolled it out thin.  I then cut a leaf shape, and inserted a green toothpick.  project2011cattail4

To make it a little more believable, I shaped the edges and pushed them up, and on some of the leaves I added a bend to the top. project2011cattail4a These are the pieces that I used to create a couple of groupings.

project2011cattail5 I let them dry overnight.  I grouped different pieces together and stuck them into my styrofoam.
project2011cattail6 So simple that I hope you give them a try!

Part 1: Assembly of The Shack
Part 2: The Dock
Part 3: Turn A Pretzel Into A Log
Part 4: Keep Out Sign
Part 5: Cattails
Part 6: Gingerbread Blobs
Part 7: Swamp Water
Part 8: Halloween Witch

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