Fresh Ideas for the New Year
Make a Tabletop Tree
Who says all holiday trees have to be tall, green, and glittery? Dried cuttings, embellished with natural ornaments and set in a sleek base, give your seasonal decor a whole new shape.
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.