Tabletop Trees

These downsized versions of the big Christmas tree -- utterly adorable and surprisingly doable -- bring cheer to every tablescape.
Sassy Cyprus

Short and sweet, this sassy little tree has some real staying power. It's actually a purchased preserved cypress that you'll enjoy bringing out year after year. A lightweight ceramic cherub container also makes it beautifully portable.

Dressed up with tiny crystal beads and white strands of grosgrain ribbon, the tree is a no-fuss solution for a slim mantel, a dining table or sideboard, or even a coffee table during an intimate gift exchange.

For a similar look, use any kind of imitation tree. But if you're a purist, substitute with a live miniature evergreen to plant outdoors later on.

To create eye-popping contrast against this deep green tree, wrap in double strands of white grosgrain ribbon. To add sparkle, string crystal beads on fine-gauge fishing line to make a jeweled garland. Fill in the base with bright red cranberries or any other holiday elements that inspire you.

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