Every winter, crafts executive director Hannah Milman takes a trip to Christmasworld. That may sound like a fantastical place, but it’s very real indeed: The holiday-theme trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, features exhibitors with all manner of yuletide trimmings. On a recent trip, Milman was particularly charmed by a wreath she saw; it was decorated with miniature porcelain buildings by Luville Collectables.
The inspiring image stayed with her, so she decided to create her own wreath using vintage cardboard buildings known as putz houses. She paired them with bottlebrush trees, mini deer and skiers from a model shop, and drifts of cotton snow. Home(s) for the holidays, indeed.
Sources for All Three Projects
Alaskan Spruce artificial wreath with pinecones, by Martha Stewart Living, 30 inches, $40, homedepot.com
Multisurface Satin Craft Paint, in Habanero, Pink Dahlia, Wedding Cake, Pool, and Diving Board, $2 for 2 ounces; Crystal fine and coarse glitter, Sterling fine glitter, and Florentine Gold fine glitter, $6 for 1.48 ounces each; and craft glue, $3 for 4 ounces, by Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com
White and green bottlebrush trees, from $2 a set, factorydirectcraft.com
Evergreen trees, 2 inches to 3 1/2 inches, $10 for 5, michaels.com
Reindeer moss, $17 for 11 ounces, save-on-crafts.com
HO-scale models, from $11 a set, reynaulds.com