Old-fashioned alphabet blocks make a charming table-top Christmas tree for a nursery, or as part of a display of old-fashioned toys. Or use one of these trees as the centerpiece for your holiday table or buffet. Order a new set of blocks, or comb thrift stores and garage sales for charmingly faded and scuffed older blocks. Keep the decorations simple to allow the beauty of the blocks themselves to shine.
Things You'll Need
- 12-inch square piece of plywood
- Hot glue
- Miniature Christmas tree decorations
- 1/8-inch satin ribbon
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Arrange nine blocks in a circle on the wood, with the corners of the blocks just touching. Apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of each block, and glue it in position on the wood.
Arrange seven blocks in a circle atop the first row of blocks. Stagger the blocks so that each new block staggers two old blocks. Glue the second row of blocks in place, dabbing glue onto the bottom to adhere them to the top of the first row of blocks.
Use five blocks for the next row, staggering the blocks atop the previous row as before. Each subsequent row of blocks will be slightly recessed from the previous row. Glue the blocks in place, as done with the lower rows.
Complete the tree with a row of three blocks, then one block on top. Allow the glue to dry overnight.
Decorate the tree with miniature Christmas tree ornaments glued in place. Or make your own "ornaments" with beads. Use large beads for Christmas balls and string seed beads for garland.
Make a bow from the satin ribbon and glue it atop your alphabet block tree. Leave long streamers of ribbon extending from the bow, to trail down over the tree.