I mentioned in passing in this post that last Christmas I made a gingerbread tree. What I didn’t mention was that I had some, uh, engineering issues (read: it collapsed several times before getting it out the door). After stabilising it by chocking up each layer with broken biscuit pieces, it proved quite popular at The Man’s family Christmas Eve bash last year.
Having made mental notes of all the issues with the recipe, I decided it was worth another go this year. The recipe says to use two or three of the smallest stars as a spacer between each layer, which proved very unstable and also far too high. This year I only used two stars, which was somewhat better but the top still fell off a few times. I really think it only needs one star in between (in fact, I’m sure that’s the case in the photo!). I also used larger stars for the lower layers instead of the small stars as instructed, which was successful in making the base much more stable.
It’s always frustrating when you’ve followed a recipe to a T and it doesn’t work, especially as a beginner. Still, despite the problems, it all got eaten so I guess I should look at it as a success!
What’s a Woodland theme without a terrarium?
You will need:
- round glass vase (or similar)
- wooden plugs (or small knobs)
- faux moss (available from some craft stores and floristry supply wholesalers)
- red and white paint
1. Paint the ‘stalk’ and underside of the plugs white.
2. Paint the top of the plug red.
3. Using a fine brush, dab on white paint dots to the top of the ‘mushroom’.
4. Place a layer of moss into the vase.
5. Arrange the mushrooms in the moss.
6. Continue until all mushrooms have been placed in the moss.
I kept it simple with just the mushrooms, but you can add whatever you like (I think a little toy deer would look particularly cute).
I am taking some time off my regular blogging schedule during the final days before my wedding and while I’m on my honeymoon. Since you will be at home while I am having the time of my life, I have pre-posted some fun links and great guest posts to keep you entertained.
Floral designer Elizabeth from Lani Elizabeth created this fun vintage bridal shower for her friend Katherine, an American met her now husband in Australia. I love the subtle Australiana touches and the classiest take on green-and-gold I’ve ever seen. Best bit? The Tim Tam favours.
Want more? See the rest here.