The woodland tree is natural and sweet. It is the perfect theme for those who love the outdoors and is relatively inexpensive to make. Here are some suggestions for creating a woodland forest Christmas tree:
Pinecones – These can be purchased by the bag in any hobby or craft store and in many superstores. Or, you can make a family activity out of collecting pine cones to decorate the tree with. Unfortunately, the cones are not in season during the winter so they will be harder to find, but you should still be able to locate at least a few.
Feather Balls – These balls come in various sizes and are wrapped in natural looking feathers. They are available at most hobby or craft stores, but are unlikely to be found in the holiday department. Instead, these are usually found in the home decorating areas.
Seed Balls – Also found in most hobby stores and located near the feather balls. They can sometimes be found in home decorating shops and superstores as well. However, you can make your own. Begin by stringing a wire through a Styrofoam ball. Coat the ball in hot glue and roll in your choice of seeds or beans. Wait for the ball to dry.
Snow Balls – These are made nearly identical to the seed balls, with some added steps. First, use white beans as the seeds. Secondly, spray with a spray adhesive or coat lightly with glue and sprinkle with iridescent glitter.
Artificial bird’s nests and birds – These are found in craft and hobby stores in the floral department. The bird’s nests can be set upon the branches of the tree. Secure with floral wire if necessary. The birds usually have wire on their feet that will help secure them to the branches. However, if they do not, you can also you floral wire to secure them. These should perch on the branches unless they have their wings spread, in which case they should hang.
Potpourri Balls – Clear glass ornaments are available at most craft stores. Fill this with potpourri and/or dried flowers.
Small ornaments of natural looking animals – such as deer and black bears – can be added. If you are unable to locate such ornaments, try bronners.com. Even if they do not have them on their website, it is likely that they do in the store. Call and they will help you fill your needs. If you do not wish to order and cannot find ornaments locally, but still want little bears, moose, and deer, try looking in the miniatures section of a craft store or go to a toy department and see what they have available for small, realistic looking animals. What you find may surprise you.
Tiny bundles of twigs tied with raffia or twine also look nice. Sticks of cinnamon can also be used.
Garland – Red wooden beads strung on a garland work perfectly for this theme.
Icicle ornaments made of spun glass or clear acrylic are a nice touch on this tree.
Finally, it is only natural for the tree to have snow. Pick realistic looking sprinkle snow (the flaked kind) and finish off the look by carefully sprinkling the branches.