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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.

Photography: David M. Russell

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2011


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


  • 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


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

  5. Allow glue to dry completely before decorating.

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

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

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

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