Silke Stoddard embraces a very "hygge" holiday.

By Catherine Hong
December 11, 2018
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Roland Bello

"When I was growing up in Düsseldorf, Germany, our tree was always decorated with straw and wood ornaments," says crafter and longtime Living contributor Silke Stoddard. "I love that they're natural and organic materials."

This year, she embraced that aesthetic with a wooden-dowel tree. Handmade in Pennsylvania, this wooden tree lets each ornament be appreciated from all angles. "It's a wonderful way to display a collection, as there are no needles or leaves in the way," she says.

SEE: Our Most Memorable Christmas Ornaments
Roland Bello

She hung her favorite Scandinavian and German ornaments along with baubles she created herself, including bone-bead snowflakes and a selection of temari balls, made by wrapping yarn and colored thread in geometric patterns around papier-mâché spheres. "The effect is clean and minimal, but not cold," she says. On the contrary, it will warm any modernist design lover's heart.

HOW TO MAKE: Temari Balls

Feeling inspired? Watch how to make a wooden-dowel Christmas tree, tabletop-size:

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