Holiday Decorations Inspired by Nature

Let nature lend a hand in trimming your tree and decorating your home for the holidays this year.

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Layer soft textured feathers on top of simple gold balls to create a stunning effect.

Feathered Fancies

Layer soft textured feathers on the top of simple gold balls to create a stunning effect.

Materials and Tools:
Matte gold-finish ornaments
Tumbler
Tiny feathers
Tacky crafts glue

Be sure the ornament is clean and dry. Place gold ornament in tumber to support while you work. Arrange one layer of feathers around the top of the ornament and glue in place. Allow to dry. Arrange another layer of feather on top of the first layer; glue in place. Allow to dry.

From Beautiful Christmas by Carol Field Dahlstrom. Published by Brave Ink Press, copyright 2004. Images and text reprinted with permission.

Acorn and Berry Trims

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The mighty oak tree provides the inspiration and the shapely acorns for this clever set of trims.

Again, be sure acorns are clean and free of dirt. If any acorn tops are loose, glue to acorn bottoms and allow to dry. Drill acorns and berries through center. Thread floss onto the needle and string acorns and berries. Tie at end.

From Beautiful Christmas by Carol Field Dahlstrom. Published by Brave Ink Press, copyright 2004. Images and text reprinted with permission.

Acorn Ornaments

The mighty oak tree provides the inspiration and the shapely acorns for this clever set of trims.

Materials and Tools:
Small purchased gold ornaments
Large acorns
1/16" drill bit and drill
Strong craft glue
Gold ribbon
Tacky crafts blue
Artificial berries
Dental floss
Large needle

Be sure acorns are clean and free of dirt. Remove the cap of the acorn and drill two holes in the top of the cap about 1/4" apart. Remove wire hanger from the gold ball ornament. Put hanger into the accord top through the drilled holes and secure underneath. Glue acorn top to top of gold ball. Allow to dry, then hang on tree with gold ribbon.

From Beautiful Christmas by Carol Field Dahlstrom. Published by Brave Ink Press, copyright 2004. Images and text reprinted with permission.

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Trim outside lanterns with bows and simple embellishments.

Natural Glow

Trim outside lanterns with bows and simple embellishments. Here, a rustic lantern adorned with simple pinecone and feather trim and a printed ribbon bow. Tie bow first, then wire the embellishments to the bow, leaving enough wire at the ends to attach the bow arrangement to lantern.

From Beautiful Christmas by Carol Field Dahlstrom. Published by Brave Ink Press, copyright 2004. Images and text reprinted with permission.

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Tiny tea lights nestle inside natural logs to create a warm and rustic glow.

Yule Log Candles

Tiny tea lights nestle inside natural logs to create a warm and rustic glow.

Materials and Tools:
Pieces of 3- or 4-inch diameter wood cut into lengths measuring 3" - 6"
Drill and 1-1/2" drill bit
Tea lights in metal cups

Cut logs into different heights. Be sure the logs are cut straight and will stand up securely and remain level. Put logs into a vice. Using the 1-1/2" drill bit, drill into the log about 1" deep into the wood. Be sure the hole is level. Clean away any sawdust, then check to be sure log will sit upright without tipping over. Place tea candle (in metal holder) into the hole, making sure the metal surrounds the entire candle. Safety note: Tea lights burn quickly. Never leave a candle unattended.

From Beautiful Christmas by Carol Field Dahlstrom. Published by Brave Ink Press, copyright 2004. Images and text reprinted with permission.

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