I was asked to do the decorations for our church ward Christmas party. We were expecting 300 guests! So I made 28 of these, with the help of some wonderful friends. I got the 2x4 scrap wood from a neighbor who is having their basement finished. We pulled them out of the trash! We drilled holes and stuck these branches from another neighbor's dead tree. ( was out in 14 degrees ripping branches down. The things I do to save a little money!) Then we spray painted them white. We made sure to cover the wooden block at the bottom, but left the branch less intense so that it gave the effect of frost. Then we punched and cut TONS of circles. I bought the paper from a local party store. It is sold by the yard. (the same thing that is used at schools) I really failed to get a decent picture of the finished room. But I used a bright green table runner and set the center pieces every so often. Then, I placed lots of red circles, of all sizes, around the branches. It was fun and bright!
Well, I had many ideas and this little piece of paper shows my sketches. I will try to describe what I did at the serving/buffet area.I pasted this onto large white paper and hung it up behind the buffet tables. On both sides I hung a large round brown circle that had a big cutout tree similar to the one on the left side of the sketch paper.Above the buffet tables I hung these large branches.
After the party was over most of the little girls took home their own little tree. They were excited to take them and I was excited to let them take them because I had no idea what to do with all that work!
I love that I was able to keep the cost down on all these decorations. It is the church's money. I only had to pay for the table covers and the paper I bought by the yard to cut the circles with. About $52 to decorate an entire cultural hall for 300 people!!