From the December 2015 issue

How to Make Winter Wonderland Decor

Craft a tree and some garland to get extra festive this holiday season. Here are the DIY details.

Holidays are near! And hopefully, our forecast will soon feature some lovely snowy days. If you’re looking to create decorations that don’t speak to one specific celebration, take a cue from the glittery white stuff outside and create a winter wonderland inside. Candy color-inspired strands of garland and decorated trees, made by your own crafty elves, can help welcome the entire winter season. Note: Pictured together, but definitely work separately.

Materials

  • Small wooden tree blanks
  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 1/2-inch pompoms (white plus assorted colors)
  • Quilting thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • All-purpose glue

Directions

Tree

Paint the front and back of the tree with white paint; let dry. Next, paint the two slanted sides of the tree. Apply one more coat of paint to all sides. Let the tree dry completely. Now, you’ll add colorful pompoms to the tree base. Apply a small dot of glue to the back of each pom and adhere to tree. Once all pompoms are added, weigh them down with a stack of books. This creates a strong bond between the tree and glue. Leave the piece like this for several hours to allow the glue to dry.

Garland

Cut a long piece of quilting thread from the spool (length is up to you). Tie a loop for hanging at one end. Thread the needle and insert through the first white pompom. Slide the pom all the way down the thread so it’s resting on the loop you created. Thread five white pompoms and then add one colorful pom to create the pattern.

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Keep adding white sets of pompoms with a colorful pom until you’ve achieved the length you’d like. Make sure to gently push the pompoms down the thread – you’ll notice the garland takes a bit of a curly look as you build it. When you’re done, tie another hanging loop at the end you’ve been working with. Cut off excess thread.

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