DRIVE-IN BEAUTY

Country Sampler - - Decorate with Craft -

4. Chalked up. A chalk­board al­lows you to eas­ily em­bel­lish a scene, as René did by draw­ing lau­rel leaves to frame a wreath, and gives you the op­tion to change it up through­out the sea­son.

5. Tiny tree-o. “I re­ally like group­ing things by threes,” René says of this trio, which in­cludes a bot­tle-brush tree, a small faux pine sport­ing a cin­na­mon-stick and pep­per­mint gar­land, and a tree made by glu­ing tiny pinecones to a poly­styrene foam cone. Two of the trees are con­tained in crocks, the other in a small pail.

6. Pep­per­mint pickup. Serve up treats in the bed of a toy or dec­o­ra­tive pickup truck, stow­ing snacks such as cook­ies or can­dies in mason jars and tuck­ing them in amid sea­sonal greens. Place a braided run­ner be­neath the truck to pro­vide a tex­tured base.

7. It’s a wrap. Add a twinkly touch to a dis­play by wrap­ping two or three tall birch branches with lighted gar­land and lean­ing them along one side.

8. Frosty cones. For­age out­doors (or at the crafts store) for long, slen­der pinecones, such as those of the white pine, to make into or­na­ments. Top them with a few berries and sprigs of holly as well as a hang­ing loop of red string. If de­sired, dry brush the pinecones with white paint for a snow-capped ef­fect.

9. Jin­gle belle. Sus­pend a unique wreath, like this bell-stud­ded twig cir­clet, from a dis­tinc­tive hook, such as a hang­ing scale, which is a dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ment in its own right.

To view a video of cheery Christ­mas dec­o­rat­ing ideas, visit www.youtube.com/Coun­trySam­plerMag.

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