Fresh Ideas for the New Year

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A snow-capped, table-sized tree
Rob D. Brodman

Graceful Stand

Dried tree or shrub branches can be found at many craft- and floral-supply stores, as well as in your own garden. Look for graceful shapes and an airy form, with or without leaves. Use a single branch or a grouping of slender pieces, and add sculptural seedpods or dried flowers if desired. A glance around your house will most likely yield the perfect tree "stand" (we used a salad bowl, metal and ceramic pots, and even a small stone). Here are a few ideas to try.

A forest of cone-tipped branches rising from a wooden salad bowl is secured in a base of plaster of paris covered with pebbles. A light coat of silver paint on the cones hints at wintry frost.

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