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.
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.)