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Floral-Fantasy Christmas Tree

This exhuberant gold-tinsel tree is in full bloom for the season.

Photography: Katya De Grunwald

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 2015

materials

  • Faux flowers (Silk hydrangea spray and white lily stem, from $6 each, michaels.com; Silk anemones, in Cream, $30 for 12; and value mum bush (similar to shown), in Cream, $12, afloral.com; White cherry-blossom branch, $6, save-on-crafts.com)

  • Cardboard and pins (optional)

  • Spray paint (by Montana, in Cocktail, 100% Yellow, Flame Blue, and Elm, $7.75 each, dickblick.com)

steps

  1. Remove flowers from stems. For flowers with multiple layers of petals, separate layers, as shown with anemones. Remove flower centers.

  2. Pin flowers (and leaves and stems, if using) to cardboard (or place on a protected work surface) and spray-paint in desired colors. Turn and spray other sides if necessary (paint may soak through fabric).

  3. Reassemble flowers, inserting gold balls on picks for centers. Twist wire on backs of balls into little loops to secure petals. Attach to tree with wire.

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