Building a Christmas Tree Forest

Happy Christmas Season! Oh I just can't WAIT to show you all of the Christmas decorations in the works at our house right now. The halls are being decked, and it is so much more magical this year in a home of our very own. photo TreeForest1_zps29c35ca9.jpg

I had plans for a different post today because I wanted to wait until you saw the whole house before sharing details on Christmas decor, but I just couldn't hold it in. So I'm starting with one of my favorite Christmas crafts this year, and I will be sharing the whole home holiday tour very soon!

One of my favorite Christmas displays in our home is our Christmas tree forest that is now gracing the mantel in the office.

Amidst my silver trees from Home Goods and my green tree candle from a local thrift store stand a few homemade trees. I can't claim any of these ideas as my own. I was originally inspired by Beautiful Matters and her Christmas tree forest, and I put my own spin on a few trees.

For all the trees, I started with a cardboard base I made out of cereal boxes as per this tutorial.  photo IMG_2342_zpsd94176c6.jpg 1. Feather tree  photo TreeForest4_zps4834b8d4.jpg

This was so simple. I saw these feather trees at West Elm for over 20 bucks a pop. I made this tree for less than $2 using some feathers from Michael's and my handy dandy glue gun.  photo IMG_2343_zpse322fada.jpg It's important to paint the cardboard white first because the feathers are sheer. Then I just cut the feathers in half and arranged them at random starting at the bottom.

2. Twine tree  photo TreeForest5_zpsb03e3cd9.jpg All I did for this tree was wrap the twine around the cone and dot hot glue every once in a while as I went. There really isn't anything to it.

3. Sheet Music Tree  photo TreeForest2_zpsdf067fb6.jpg This is by far my favorite, and it by far took the longest.

I bought this old Christmas choir musical at a thrift store filled with Christmas sheet music, and then I followed this tutorial to create the tree.  photo IMG_2346_zpsb5bd43b3.jpg I love the way you can see the lyrics from favorite Christmas hymns on leaves of the tree.  photo TreeForest3_zpsf52a37e7.jpg So there is your teaser for our Christmas decor! Stay tuned for another "Where To Shop" series tomorrow and more Christmas coming soon!  photo IMG_2350_zps4874b917.jpg I hope you guys had a fabulous Thanksgiving! We sure did!  photo IMG_2408_zps16293ae5.jpg