How to Craft a Handmade Christmas

How to Craft a Handmade Christmas

Hydrangeas lend a grace note to this rustic chandelier.

  1. To tint the petals, before assembling the arrangement, apply a fine mist of specialized floral paint outdoors. For our focal point, Melissa achieved a rosy hue, but she also suggests considering accents of gold or silver for a festive Yuletide look.
  2. Once paint is dry, insert stems in damp floral foam and suspend arrangement from the fixture with ribbon streamers. Fresh blossoms will age to a delicate, papery finish over the holidays.

Text Melissa Lester
Photography Mac Jamieson, Marcy Black Simpson, Caroline Smith
Styling Melissa Sturdivant Smith

To find more destinations clothed in Yuletide splendor, see our November/December 2018 issue, available on newsstands and at



  1. Is it possible to find out where the red and white cathedral toile fabric used at the top of the stocking can be found for purchase?


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