experiments with live christmas trees and gilded nuts

by Justine on December 5, 2013

in crafts,DIY,holiday,kids,my photography,Our House

While prepping a post on live (potted) Christmas trees for Gardenista this week, I was inspired to create a decorative scheme that was as organic as our new evergreen. Therefore, the kids and I set about gilding nuts and pasting ribbons, cutting reindeer and stringing golden leaves. The resulting natural, golden wonkiness was really quite pretty, yet refreshingly informal and unstudied.

If you’re interested in having a live tree that you can plant in your yard later, see my DIY on Gardenista.


Solvi, ever the avid creator, gets started.

After school, Olie also joined in.

We also gilded some beechnuts.

Our walnuts were finished with small brass nails and a little metallic ribbon from Angela Liguori.

Made these using a template from Lilla A’s blog.

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emily December 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

so pretty! love that garland, and your darling kids serious faces as they work their magic. so cute.


Cassandra December 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

That is simply the loveliest idea and will be used to win the battle this year of live growing tree versus expensive dead tree!


Deborah Beau December 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Beautiful Justine and it’s so nice to see your little helpers.


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