Magazine article Sunset

Make Mini-Trees from Prunings

Magazine article Sunset

Make Mini-Trees from Prunings

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HOLIDAY PROJECT

Conifer branches, trimmed from the bottom of your Christmas tree or gathered from your garden's evergreens, make charming holiday displays. Simply arrange them in moistened florist's foam set in a decorative pot, and they'll delight you for weeks. You can make one in an hour, for $20 or less.

You'll need branches of various lengths; try blue atlas cedar, Douglas fir, juniper, pine, or redwood. If you don't have access to holiday greens, you can buy them at nurseries and florists' shops. To add a little color, use small dried pepper berries, ornaments, ribbons, or lights.

For each tree, you'll also need two bricks of florist's foam, an 8-inch-diameter decorative pot with saucer, a clear plastic pot liner (or heavy-duty garbage bag and double-stick tape), a handful of sphagnum moss, a 1/2-inch-thick wood dowel or a piece of bamboo about 24 inches long, and 18-gauge wire.

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