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merry memories christmas tree

This holiday, set the stage for a jolly good time with your most spectacular tree yet! We’ll walk you through all the steps to create our Merry Memories Christmas Tree, from its whimsical snowman topper to its cozy tree skirt!
Step 1

First, set up your Christmas tree and fluff the branches.

TIP: Before decorating, plug your tree in to make sure all the lights are operating.

Step 2

Creating your tree topper is simple! Just hot glue a wooden dowel to the back of a Christmas décor piece, such as a large vintage snowman face. Stick the dowel into the tree so the décor piece sits at the very top; then wire it into place. Make a large loop bow and place it under your tree topper.

TIP: To make a multi-loop bow, you’ll work with the ribbon while it’s still on its spool. Start by measuring out a tail that’s about 9" long, then follow these steps:

   -  Make a loop with about 6" - 8" of ribbon, depending on how big you want your bow. Pinch and twist the ribbon after the first loop and make a second loop that’s the same size on the other side of the pinched area. This will become the center of your bow.
   -  As you work, keep the bow’s center pinched between your finger and thumb. This makes it easier to hold the bow together as you add loops on each side.
   -  Continue making loops on either side of the center, alternating sides, until you have a total of six loops (or until you’ve made the bow the size you want).
   -  Twist a chenille pipe cleaner around the center to fasten it, but don’t trim away any excess (you’ll use it to fasten the bow to your tree). Shape each of the bow’s loops.
   -  Cut the ribbon from its spool, but leave another 9" tail.
   -  Keep the bow’s tails long (about 8" - 9") but trim their ends at an angle to avoid any fraying.
   -  We have a great video tutorial on how to make a multi-loop bow. To watch it, just click here
Step 3
Fill the top of your tree with fun pom-pom stems. Bend them so they appear to be bursting out of the tree.
Step 4

Make several shatterproof ornament clusters, varying the colors and sizes; then hang them in your tree. 

TIP: Here’s how to make ornament ball clusters: 

   -  Cut an 8" piece of floral wire and slide the bails of five ornament balls onto the wire. 
   -  Twist the wire close to the ornament balls to bring them together in a cluster.
Step 5

Hang oversized ornaments deep into the spaces between your tree’s branches. In addition to filling these gaps, this will add dimension and a pop of color.

Step 6

Arrange fun floral stems and fluffy pom-pom stems in your tree to add a sense of playfulness and soft texture.

TIP: Just push the stem into the tree branches and it should stay in place. If your stem doesn't want to stay put, use a little floral wire to hold it in place.

Step 7
Wire in some fun, decorative plaques with words, to bring together the whimsical theme of your tree.
Step 8
Now, add the remaining novelty ornaments to the areas of the tree that haven’t yet been decorated.
Step 9
Finish your tree by adding a frosting of snowy white picks throughout the tree to enhance its white undertones. For maximum impact, pull the branches apart.
Step 10
All that’s left to do is to place your tree skirt under the tree. Arrange it so it hides the stand and gives your gifts a soft place to rest until Christmas Day!

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