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Project

Birch Tabletop Tree

Create a charming "Charlie Brown" tree with bits of holiday greenery with this how-to from Hannah Milman, Martha Stewart Living crafts director.

Introduction

Add a woodland diorama to the base of your tabletop tree for a more festive touch.

Materials

  • Drill
  • Birch trunk cross-section
  • Thick birch branch
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws
  • Smaller birch branches and twigs
  • Drill bits of different diameters
  • Rag
  • For woodland diorama: Brush
  • Glittering glue or white craft glue
  • Plastic animal figurines
  • Glitter
  • Birch trunk/branch cross-sections
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Moss

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To create trunk of tree, start by pre-drilling a hole through the center of your birch cross-section and into one end of the thick branch.

  2. Step 2

    Apply wood glue to pre-drilled end of thick branch, line up pre-drilled holes, and, with a long wood screw, secure branch and cross-section together by screwing up through the bottom of the cross-section. (Tip: Your screw should be as long as the thickness of your birch disc plus 1 inch.)

  3. Step 3

    To create branches of tree, drill 1/2-inch-deep holes along trunk, matching the width of your drill bit to the width of your branches.

  4. Step 4

    Fill holes with wood glue and insert branches, wiping away any excess glue with a rag.

  5. Step 5

    Allow glue to dry completely before decorating.

  6. Step 6

    With a brush, apply glue to plastic animal figurines and coat them as desired with glitter. Allow to dry completely.

  7. Step 7

    Affix glittered animals to small birch branch cross-sections using hot glue.

  8. Step 8

    Arrange animals at base of birch tabletop tree and fill in space as desired with moss.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2011