A Mini-Tree DIY for the Kids Courtney Hayes November 26, 2014 CRAFTS, DIY While brainstorming for a tree fit for a nursery or kids’s room, it became clear that it had to be toy-themed. One of the great joys of the holidays as a child was laying on the floor and flipping through catalogues to pick out what would go on a list to mail Santa. Every year, without fail, some sort of animal toy made the list, which is why an animal garland seems right at home on this tree alongside colorful, textured ornaments that take just minutes to make. Animal Garland Tutorial This garland is perfect for adorning a tree for the holidays but can make the transition into a fun banner to hang in a nursery after the holidays. Surround Yourself Magazine Materials Needed: Plastic Animals (we used 14 for a 5-foot garland) Ribbon Primer 4 Bottles of acrylic paint (or less for a monochromatic garland) 4 Foam paintbrushes Hot glue and hot glue gun The Process: 1. Cover the animals in two thin layers of primer, letting them dry 15-20 minutes between coats. We tried to skip this step but ended up coming back to it after unsuccessfully trying to paint over the animal prints. 2. When the primer is dry to the touch, paint each animal in the color of your choice. Even with the primer, it took two coats of paint to fully cover each one. Let the paint dry for an hour or so between coats to ensure the best coverage. 3. Once the animals are dry, use hot glue to attach them to your ribbon and boom—you’ve got an animal garland, perfect for decorating a colorful kids’ tree. Optional: Make a wreath necklace for each animal by twisting two pipe cleaners together. Pom-Pom Ornaments Tutorial Make these colorful toy-inspired ornaments in a matter of minutes using only a handful of items. Surround Yourself Magazine Materials Needed: Round ornaments Mini pom-poms (enough for 10 per ornament) Hot glue and hot glue gun The Process: 1. Heat the hot glue gun up. Once it’s heated, carefully attach the pom-poms to the ornaments using small drops of glue. 2. Hold each pom-pom in place until the glue dries to ensure they don’t slide off. We ran into this problem but found that holding the pom-poms in place for 10-15 seconds until the glue dries totally solved it. 3. Add string or hooks to your ornaments and hang them on the tree with your animal garland. To see more holiday ideas and DIYS, visit us on Pinterest.