Whimsical Christmas Forest

By  Patty Schaffer  for  The Dow Chemical Co.

Transform foam triangles with colorful papers, unique trims, and glittery buttons to create a playful mantle scene.

  • Whimsical Christmas Forest
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  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Blocks, 12”x12”x1”, two
  • Holiday-themed papers, five
  • Ribbon, 1”-wide, five assorted styles/colors
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Glitter buttons, assorted


  • Serrated knife
  • Wax candle or bar of soap
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, liquid glue, clear dots

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil
  • Sizes
  • 1. Size are 5-1/2"-11-3/4" tall.
  • Trees
  • 1. Run serrated knife across old wax candle or bar of soap. Cut five triangular tree shapes of assorted sizes from foam blocks. Use photo as guide.
  • 2. Trace each foam tree twice onto desired paper; cut out paper trees and adhere to front and back of foam trees using double-sided tape.
  • 3. Apply double-sided tape along edges of trees; adhere different ribbon to each tree to cover exposed foam.
  • 4. Using photo as guide, decorate trees with adhesive pearls, trim, and buttons; adhere buttons with clear dots.
  • Tip
  • 1. Cover trees in felt or burlap instead of paper for another look; replace pearls and buttons with metal brads or metallic sequins.