In selecting your tree bear in mind that the pyramidal form is the one most favored. A good proportion is to have the lowest usable branches (after broken or sparse ends are removed) one half the height of the tree. Measure the width of the spot it is to occupy and buy a tree nearest to these measurements for greatest economy. If your tree is not perfect you can improve Read more
Many Christmas trees are based on cone shape. To make them, decide on the height you want your homemade Christmas tree to be. The height governs the size of the semi-circle you will have to cut out for your tree (Drawing 1).
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Suppose you want your homemade Christmas tree to be 10" high. Tie a long piece of string to the pointed end of a nail. Tie the other end to the pointed end of a pencil. The string should measure 10" after it is tied. Draw a straight line across the paper or cardboard which, for this size, should be 20" long or twice the height. Stick the nail in the exact center of this line. Keeping the string taut, start at one point and describe a half circle to the other point. Cut out. Roll into a cone of the desired proportion. Cut away excess paper, and glue or staple ends.
Use the pattern given for the cone shape, place on hardware cloth or In chicken wire, cut out, roll in cone shape, and fasten with wire or string (Drawing 2).
Filling in a Wire Cone Christmas Tree
Fill this cone with Sphagnum moss. Run cord or wire back and forth across bottom to hold moss tight.
Filling a Wire Cone Christmas Tree With Evergreens
Cut three pieces of 4" lengths of evergreens. Wire to a florist stick and thrust into the moss-filled cone. See Drawing 2. Repeat until cone is covered.
Take three 3" lengths of greens, wire fast to a florist stick and thrust into the moss cone.
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Make a Spiral Decoration for Your Cone Christmas Tree
Cut a circle whose diameter equals that of your cone tree. Start at the outside and measure off one inch intervals. Cut along these lines in one continuous piece (Drawing 1). Circle the cone with this strip for an effect similar to this tree:
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A little evergreen tree or a big one ornamented with bauble and tinsel and gleaming with lights has come to be our symbol of Christmas. All over America and in nearly every country of Europe, extending even to Asia and the far-flung outposts of civilization, this colorful and decorative object has a very special kind of meaning. Not more than a century ago Charles Dickens was referring to the Christmas tree as "that pretty German toy." Even then it was not new, but its spread from Germany had been somewhat slow over a period of 250 years. Few of the royal family in England or the populace at large in the 1840's realized that here was the paradise tree in new dress revived from medieval miracle and mystery plays dating back to forgotten times. In America the Pennsylvania German settlers of the 19th century made it the center of their "home and heart fete" and, wherever they traveled and set up homes, men and women of German origin introduced their beloved symbol of Christmas with reverence, devotion, and joy. A truly novel idea, the decorated evergreen tree, proved to be Read more
Why go on doing the same Christmas tree year after year when everyone enjoys a surprise? See how much interest you arouse with Christmas trimmings and ornaments based on one theme. Select an appealing subject, then find as many ways as you can to develop it. Select one theme for the main tree, and trim a secondary tree with variations of the subject.
If there are children in the house, make sure the theme is within their world-Santa Claus, animals, toys, fairy-tale characters, snowflakes, bells and stars will be most enjoyed. But youngsters have vivid imaginations. Their world of make-believe is so real that they need only a simple statement of design, the distortion of a figure, or a pure bit of color to comprehend more than adults ever will, for children see with their hearts, minds and eyes.
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At Christmas, the center of holiday interest is usually a festive tree, radiantly expressing the good cheer of the season. Like other decoration, the tree should harmonize in design, color, scale and spirit with the room in which it stands. It is fun to trim trees that reflect your good taste, have an appealing message, and are appropriate to your home. It is fascinating to tryout new color schemes too -not only the bright red and green so favored at Christmas, but other hues, as well as tints and shades of the same hues. And with any color scheme, let there be glitter and sparkle of gold or silver or bright white so all will know it's Christmas night! Read more
Strong branches suited to bearing decorations, an attractive pyramidal form, shiny green foliage and lovely aroma make the balsam fir most desired for Christmas tree use. The needles are soft tipped, enabling you to decorate it with greater ease and preventing the small children from being scratched when they brush against it.
Types of Christmas Trees
The Douglas fir from the great Northwest has all the qualities of the Balsam fir, plus better form and texture. Most desirable, it retains needles longer than any of the other evergreen under house temperatures. However the branches are Read more
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