diy: holiday craft tree

by Grace Bonney

sometimes beauty can come from the simplest of materials. lena corwin’s brother-in-law noah sent over this beautiful christmas “tree” that his friend amaya taveras, the deputy art director of glamour magazine, made by hand. i was instantly smitten by the butterflies floating inside the branches and thought it would be a great last-minute idea for anyone (ahem, like me) who waited too long to get a christmas tree this year. amaya made her tree out of branches (you could spray-paint them any color you like), spray paint, butterflies (i’d try your good old neighborhood craft store or michaels for these) and cotton thai christmas balls with lights inside (does anyone know a good source for these?). i wasn’t familiar with thai christmas balls but i’m crazy about the beautiful thread surrounding them.

by day it’s a whimsical, wintery-blue wonderland and at night it glows from the corner (mounted in a paint can!) not unlike a traditional christmas tree. i think the idea is wonderful and hope it might be fun for anyone looking for some holiday craft fun. thanks again to noah for sharing amaya’s fantastic project! [stay tuned for a new guide at 11 and a new sneak peek at 1!]

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