OH, CHRIST­MAS TREE

Go big by think­ing small. These dreamy down­sized trees al­low for max­i­mum trim­ming. Make them the star of a full-on table­top dis­play and save the lad­der for an­other day.

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Have a spot that needs some­thing spe­cial? Try one of our four themed table­top trees.

OP­PO­SITE This table­top dis­play feels like it ’s straight out of a snow globe with its icy decor and wan­der­ing po­lar bears. Cover a flocked tree with glass ici­cles and DIY snowflake or­na­ments (che­nille pipe clean­ers crys­tal­lized in bo­rax). A sparkling for­est of crafted and store-bought mini trees ups the cool fac­tor, and a hand­made pa­per snowflake crowns the scene. ABOVE Our crafted ver­sions of con­fec­tions (felt rib­bon can­dies and crepe pa­per bon­bons) look al­most sweet enough to eat. Mix them with glass baubles filled with candy

sprin­kles on a tin­sel tree, which gives the pas­tel pal­ette some shine. Craft in­struc­tions start on page 122.

Take a trip to Santa’s work­shop—no sleigh re­quired—where ev­ery­thing is kid-ap­proved and kid-friendly. The min­i­mal­ist raw-wood dowel tree looks so­phis­ti­cated enough to dis­play any­where, but teeny-tiny teddy

bears and tac­tile or­na­ments make it feel at home in a kid’s room or play space. The toy bin (or floor) is the place to start; small mis­fit toys and trin­kets make great tree decor. DIY trim­mings like the felt stock­ings and yarn-wrapped or­na­ments will give the tree just enough uni­for­mity. Craft them as a fam­ily—ev­ery­one

knows Santa needs his elves. Wrap it up with a chunky knit scarf as the tree skirt.

Iconic mo­ments from The Nutcracker and Swan Lake take cen­ter stage in this dream­scape. Swans, sol­diers, and crafted gold lace crowns set off the deep blue, red, and gold pal­ette. Strands of rose gold fairy lights com­ple­ment the color scheme with­out over­whelm­ing the small trees. Sur­round the main tree with as­sorted pot­ted ev­er­greens (like a Nor­folk pine, left, or ‘Blue Star’ ju­niper, right). Pretty pa­per ex­tras like the gift-tag or­na­ments, stand­ing nut­crack­ers (they’re greet­ing cards), and wrap­ping pa­per gift crack­ers shine in

the spot­light. Fill the DIY drum cups to serve treats dur­ing your hol­i­day party or open house.

Glit­ter eye­lash yarn (ama­zon.com) makes the pom-pom trees sparkle. Learn how to make the trees on page 122.

An­chor the tree in a low glass cylin­derfilled with sugar, salt, orfaux snow. At­tach can­dies to foam tree forms with royal ic­ing.

For trees, wrap yarn around pa­per mache cones and se­cure with hot glue.

BUY­ING IN­FOR­MA­TION:Dec­o­rate small pot­ted ev­er­greenswith pa­per gift tags. (Many of their branches can’t sup­port heav­ieror­na­ments.)

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