Rainbow Christmas

 Christmas at Terrain

Christmas at Terrain in Westport CT is an inspiration.  I love to go to this shop, but rarely do I get the chance to go close to Christmas as I did last week.  There are decorated trees of all shapes and sizes hanging from the very high ceiling in this former Cadillac dealership.

 Ornaments at Terrain

Last year I bought two packages of these small ornaments there.  I was entranced by the rainbow they made but so entranced I didn’t do much more than look at them.  I wasn’t too sure how to use them to keep the rainbow.

 Rainbow tableThis year they had made a fabulous table surface out of the ornaments.  Doesn’t that look great?

Rainbow cardboards

Using a design idea from the Boston Flower Party FASG workshop, I made a kind of drum of two circles of corrugated cardboard.  In this shot are the elements of the original design.  The two circles are separated by a collar of the copper chicken wire hot glued down, and water tubes are poked into the surface to hold the flowers.

 Modge Podge and Papers

In my version, two circles of cardboard are covered with small pieces of soft green artist’s paper and Modge Podged on the surface.

 Lower Layer

Use a smaller circle to figure out the diameter of green ornaments (Michael’s Crafts).  Remove the circle after drawing around it, then hot glue down each ornament with the open end facing into the circle.

Design from the side

Next use glue dots on some of the green ornaments and press down the second circle.  Hot glue could be used too but this seemed easier.

 Bunch O PineWhen the paper is glued on the top circle, leave cut a circle out of the top layer for the greenery. …a cluster of pine, held by a rubber band.

Rainbow on checked runnerChristmas drum

It works really well on a low coffee table because you can look over the rainbow of the ornaments which are bright enough to light up the space.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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5 Responses to Rainbow Christmas

  1. Judy Harrold says:

    I love it! Thanks Susan and Merry Christmas.

  2. Carole says:

    You always amaze me. This is a great application of our new technique! Merry Christmas.

  3. Alexandra says:

    Very festive!

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