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Make a Christmas Tree Decoration from a Wood Slice

20161216aHere’s an interesting idea I saw on the Internet.

20161216bRather than throwing out the slice of wood that results from you recutting your your Christmas tree before bringing it indoors, why not turn it into a souvenir Xmas decoration? Write the date on one side and attach it to the tree with a hook or a cord. Add a ribbon, bells or Christmas balls if you want. And you can paint it or not: that’s up to you. On the other side, you can, if you want, draw, paint or burn a Yuletide picture of some sort. Just let your imagination run wild: there are so many different possibilities of how to decorate a simple wood slice!

Over the years, you’ll accumulate a collection of wood slice decorations that will recall all your Christmases past: how cool is that?!20161216a

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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