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Birds-Alighting Christmas Tree

When Hannah Milman, our executive crafts director, created this tree, she was envisioning a winter party in the woods.

Photography: Katya De Grunwald

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 2015


  • Drill and 3/8-inch bit

  • Sturdy stick, preferably birch, about 60 inches high

  • Double-ended screw, 5/16 inch

  • Log, preferably birch, 12 to 18 inches high and 8 to 10 inches wide

  • Small branches, preferably gray, in various sizes (see diagram, below)

  • Hot-glue gun

  • Batting (optional)


  1. Drill a pilot hole in bottom of stick and top of log; screw double-sided screw into stick, then into log.

  2. Drill a 1/2-inch-deep hole in stick every several inches (for each branch), angling drill slightly downward; then drill one in top, straight down. Dab hot glue onto ends of branches and insert in holes.

  3. If desired, trim mushrooms and hot-glue to log, and add batting to serve as snow.

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