Create a charming "Charlie Brown" tree with bits of holiday greenery with this how-to from Hannah Milman, Martha Stewart Living crafts director.
Photography: David M. Russell
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2011
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.
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.)
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.
Fill holes with wood glue and insert branches, wiping away any excess glue with a rag.
Allow glue to dry completely before decorating.
With a brush, apply glue to plastic animal figurines and coat them as desired with glitter. Allow to dry completely.
Affix glittered animals to small birch branch cross-sections using hot glue.
Arrange animals at base of birch tabletop tree and fill in space as desired with moss.
Birch trunk cross-section
Thick birch branch
Smaller birch branches and twigs
Drill bits of different diameters
For woodland diorama: Brush
Glittering glue or white craft glue
Plastic animal figurines
Birch trunk/branch cross-sections
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Add a woodland diorama to the base of your tabletop tree for a more festive touch.