Getting Crafty this Holiday Season
By Janit Calvo
December 8, 2009
I was on my annual search for things to use in our miniature gardens the other day and found out that our little hobby is quickly becoming a definite trend. I was scouting Michaels Crafts, and JoAnn’s Crafts to see if there was anything we could use, or adapt, for our mini garden holiday decorations.
I think they are on to us…
And it looks like our work is paying off, my friend! Miniature gardening is quickly becoming a favorite form of “going green” and the big box stores have finally caught up to us. After all, it’s the perfect blend of two favorite hobbies: miniatures and gardening.
Maybe somebody has been monitoring us along the way?
Browsing the aisles at Michael’s Crafts, there were multitudes of different miniature ornaments to use! Small nutcrackers, tiny wooden trains, satin balls, there was even a mini version of those collectible blown-glass ornaments for a little old world charm. (Pun intentional.)
I found miniature spotlights and tiny tree lights that are perfect to use for our wee Christmas trees. Made by Lemax, they are meant for those wee holiday scenes that fill up the mantle every December at Grandma’s house. And there are a bunch of different lighted accessories that you can buy separately too – although I’d keep these lights inside if it is wet out. Oh, and pick up an adapter, to save on batteries!
Maybe it’s Martha Stewart, she’s big enough to pay someone to monitor us.
Look for your miniature garland in the ribbon section. If you haven’t been to a craft store lately (or a website) they are leaps and bounds into wrapping of all sorts – and the ribbons to go with. Think a bit outside the box for a little fun, a string of pompoms for example, would add a fun pattern and solid color to your wee holiday tree. Tinsel ribbon, or anything metallic, to add some sparkle – and think bright colors too.
And Martha is putting wee scenes under her holiday trees this year. Did you checkout her December issue yet?
Checkout the button section too. There are a multitude of seasonal themes, as well as garden themes – and they come in variety packs so you get 6 or 8 different ones that all match. Then go get some lollipop sticks and glue the buttons on the sticks to create your own miniature garden holiday stakes! Fun, easy, the kids could even do it for you.
And the last clue that cinched it all: a miniature beaded ‘heirloom’ tree that you can decorate. Complete with all the miniature ornaments, mini candy canes, a tree skirt and a star to go on top!
Gee, what a great idea. Happy Mini Gardening!
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