Simple centerpieces, like glass candleholders and flower arrangements, can be dressed up with layers of cypress tree cuttings. There's no artful arrangement needed; the less perfect the greenery appears, the more natural it looks.
Put a modern spin on traditional holiday door decor with cardboard letter forms and tree cuttings. Wrap each branch around the letter form, securing the two together with floral wire or hot glue. Once the entire surface of the form is covered, add ribbon along the top and hang.
To add textural appeal and color to clear glass hurricanes, update them with tree cuttings, ribbon and spray adhesive. To do this, gather several branches together, thinning them out until nearly flat. Next, cut the ends of the branches to size so they’re all relatively even in height and width. Add spray adhesive to the exterior of the glass hurricane, then position each branch in place. Once the adhesive takes hold, add an extra layer of visual interest on top of the tree cuttings with ribbon.
Make the mantel interactive with craft projects that kids can get involved in. These tree sculptures are made by cutting newspaper into serrated strips and attaching them to cardboard craft forms with glue.
If you like, put a jar of honey underneath your tree to make Christmas even sweeter. Check the water in your container and replenish as needed. You may also want to add fresh pine boughs or rosemary stems if your first batch of cuttings start to dry out.
Transform your bench for the holidays with a quick change of coordination pillows. If you've got open space below, fill it with wintry elements like firewood or even tree cuttings and/or winter boots and snowshoes.
This thankfulness tree was created by arranging thin branches in a vase and cutting leaves from colorful construction paper - either use a stencil or trace actual leaves. Upon arrival for Thanksgiving dinner, invite guests to jot down what they're thankful for and hang on the tree.
Make whimsical tree toppers from foam spheres, card stock, glitter and paper straws. To create these, cut several straws in different lengths using scissors. Update a basic foam sphere by painting it a color which coordinates with the tree decor. To play with light, consider adding a layer of glitter over the paint for a sparkling effect. In order to attach the spheres to the tops of the trees, make connectors by shaping and cutting card stock into conicals, then pushing them up into the foam spheres. Next, randomly attach the straws to the spheres, then place the toppers on the trees.
A cedar tree is the focal point of this kitchen, with lighting fixtures hanging between the upper branches near the ceiling. But even more impressive are the things you don't see. Electrical outlets and an exhaust panel are hidden within the granite and pop up at the push of a button. A built-in cutting board, wine storage area, Wolf double-stacked convection ovens and an incredible lake view add to the state-of-the-art kitchen.
Turn tree cuttings into art with shadowboxes. First, cut the branches down to sizes proportionally scaled to fit inside each shadowbox frame. Next, flatten the branches and place them up against the glass insert. Lastly, sandwich the flattened branches between the glass inserts and the back panels, then hang the shadowboxes up on the walls.
Try a new kind of holiday wreath this year. Use all-natural materials found around the kitchen and yard to form an icy decorative element for an outdoor space. To make this wreath you'll need: a Bundt cake pan; tree cuttings; berries; pine fronds; dried flowers; ribbon; a freezer; water; a penny nail; and a hammer.