Make these miniature Christmas trees from a few branches of wood,
and place them anywhere and everywhere in the house for a wonderful winter wonderland.
Collect three or four hazelnut branches, each about a meter ( 3 ft) long. Choose branches that are relatively thin.
Remove the bark from two branches. On a piece of scrap paper or cardboard,
draw a line 17 cm (6¾ in) long and mark off sections every 2 cm (¾in), down to 3 cm (1 in).
You will use this as a guide to cut the branches into different lengths using pruning shears.
Cut three pieces of wood 17 cm long, three pieces 15 cm (6 in) long, and so on. Finish with three pieces of wood 3 cm long.
Alternate between the branches with and without bark. At the end, you should have 24 bits of wood in 8 different lengths.
Make holes in the center of each twig, about 2 to 3 mm in diameter, using a large screw, a gimlet, or a wood drill bit.
Insert a screw through the center of a disc of wood about 5 to 7 cm (2 to 2¾ in) in diameter.
Take a small bit of a branch and remove the pith so that it is hollow inside. Add it to the screw.
This will be the base of the Christmas tree. If you intend to hang your tree, you can skip this step.
Take one of the longer pieces of wood you made and string it onto a piece of wire.
Then fasten it to the rest of the screw. Next, string on the other pieces of wood, from longest to shortest.
Top it off with a little star made of bent wire.
This miniature tree makes a nice centerpiece. You can use thicker branches and a threaded rod on a base to make a bigger tree,
to be decorated like a traditional Christmas tree with garlands and balls.