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Deck the halls with succulent trees and handmade snow globes

by Timber Press on December 7, 2012

in Craft

A succulent tree complete with little bird and acorn hat.

Here at Timber Press, it’s not just our garden craft books that we love. With an office full of crafters, we love to make garden craft, too. It only takes one person to start a project upstairs in the loft, and before you know it the space is filled with busy little helpers.  Recently, we put together some holiday crafts and thought we’d share a couple of them with you.

Handmade Snow Globe

Here’s what you need:

  • Jar with sealable lid
  • Miniature objects
  • Clear-drying epoxy (glue)
  • Waterbase sealer (for anything not waterproof)
  • Distilled water
  • Glitter (“snow”)
  • Glycerin

Here’s what you do:

Arrange your objects, and using epoxy, adhere to the underside of the jar lid. Let epoxy dry. Coat anything that’s not waterproof with sealer. Fill jar with distilled water. Add glitter and a dash of glycerin. The glycerin will keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Beware: too much glycerin will make the glitter stick to the bottom so start with a small amount and add as needed. Turn lid right-side up (careful!) and screw to jar. Shake jar. Voilà!

Succulent Tree

Here’s what you need:

  • Styrofoam cone
  • Succulents (we used sempervivum)
  • Pins (we used long, dressmaker pins)
  • Decorations (as desired)

Here’s what you do:

Okay, this one is super easy. Pull the roots from your plants. We used sempervivum, specifically the little ‘chicks’ or babies. Our tree stands about 11 inches tall and we used almost 50 of these chicks. Pin plants to the Styrofoam cone and decorate as desired. Voilà!

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