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If you are looking for an easy decoration try making your own felt trees. They are simple and require few materials. First, find cones that you use to make floral decorations. These come in white or green foam and are usually found in the floral department of any craft store. These form the base of your project. You could use a stiff cardstock to form your own cone if you already have it on hand. Once you have your cone base, it's time to choose a felt to cover it. You can choose a color that compliments your decor. The featured image has trees in white, cream and dark gray. They work perfectly for a neutral color scheme. Feel free to go bold with red, green and white, or simple with three green trees with embellishments. Your imagination is the only limitation with this project!

To create trees like the ones pictured, cut out circles and overlap them as you glue them on. Or use short strips overlapped that will create small flaps to mimic the look a branches. If you are using a foam cone you can use hot glue to adhere your pieces. If you decide to use a cardstock base you will want to use an all-purpose craft glue that works for paper, like Aleene's Tacky Glue. Having the correct glue for the material you are using is essential in being successful in any craft project.

Once you have finished gluing the felt to your base, give the glue time to dry and then embellish as much as your heart desires. You can use small pom-poms on green trees to give the look or ornaments. Try spray glitter or metallic paint markers to add some sparkle to your trees. Regardless of the style you go with, these trees are a simple, adaptable project that is perfect to do on a snowy day with family.

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