Marshmallow Wonderland Vignette featuring Janet from Today’s Fabulous Finds {Handmade Holidays Project No.4}

Welcome to the Handmade Holiday Series featuring STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. The next five days will be filled with a total of twenty five inspiring projects to create for the upcoming holiday season.

I’m delighted to welcome our fourth guest today,
Janet from Today’s Fabulous Finds

Magical trees made with with fur, fabric, ruffles and beans create the perfect backdrop for Janet’s whimsical wonderland vignette. Please welcome Janet as she shares a peek into her STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Marshmallow World – {she even used it to create the Subway Art!}

Imagine a world with marshmallow trees and whipped cream days. A place where the sun shines so your nose won’t freeze, and marshmallow clouds are being friendly. Doesn’t that sound so fun! These images come from the song ‘It’s a Marshmallow World‘, which was the inspiration in creating a whimsical marshmallow wonderland for my kids that will keep them dreaming all Winter long.

In our marshmallow world there is a tree made of white fluffy ‘marshmallows’ with polka dots that look strangely similar to the berries in a certain crunchy holiday cereal we enjoy!

Our wonderland has a tree that is made up entirely of ‘mints’, a tree topped with yummy whipped cream, and a ‘fur’ tree that is softer than any fir tree we’ve ever known!

Our marshmallow world is a magical place full of wonder and fun and I’m so excited to be here today to show you how you can make one of your own. If you’re not a sewer, don’t worry, you will only need some hot glue and a whole lot of straight pins!

For all Five Trees

Cut a tree branch in varying lengths for the trunks of the trees. It’s best to use a saw, but large pruning shears will work okay. For the tree bases, cut a small log into varying sizes. Hot glue the branch to the log (use plenty of glue) and then glue moss around the base of the trunks.

Tree #1: ‘Fur’ Tree

Supplies Needed

  • One 12″ x 4″ Cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
  • 13″ x 17″ Faux fur remnant
  • Ribbon
  • Extra long satin pins
  • Hot Glue Gun

1. Wrap the fur around the cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam on a diagonal and pull the fabric together tightly.

2. Pin along the side, then cut the fur next to the pins.

3. Fold the fabric on the end up to the base. Cut the fur to fit the base.

4. Pull the fur together on the side, overlapping it slightly, and pin it in place. Trim if needed.

5. Trim the fur at the top of the cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam (if necessary) and pin in place.

6. Cut a small hole in the circle of fur at the base large enough to fit the diameter of the branch for the trunk.

7. Fold the fur under at the edges and pin it in place at the base.

8. Wrap the ribbon around the tree on a diagonal. Pin at the top and the bottom. Cut the ends of the ribbon on a diagonal to reduce the risk of fraying.

9. Hot glue the tree to it’s base.

Tree #2- ‘Peppermint’ Tree

Supplies Needed

  • One 8″ x 3″ Cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
  • 13″ x 14″ Fabric Remnant (A heavier decorator fabric works nicely.)
  • Ribbon to Embellish
  • Extra Long Satin Pins

1. Wrap the fabric around the cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam on a diagonal, overlapping the fabric.

2. Fold the fabric on the tree top under and pin in place by sticking the pin straight in to the cone of the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam

3. Fold and pleat the fabric at the tree base, pin in place.

4. Trim the extra fabric, leaving an opening that is the size of the branch for the trunk.

6. Hot glue the tree to it’s base and pin the fabric close to the cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam

7. Pin a ribbon(s) around the top and around the base of the tree. The finished tree pictured in the vignette has on ribbon over top of another.

Tree #3-(No Sew) ‘Whipped Cream’ Tree

Supplies Needed

  • One 6″ x 3″ Cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
  • 2 1/2″ Strip of 45″ wide fabric in white and one 4″ white fabric square
  • 2 1/2″ Strip of 45″ wide fabric in green (or another accent color)
  • Extra Long Satin Pins

1. For the Ruffles: Of the green fabric, cut two 2 1/2″ x 11″ strips, one 2 1/2″ x 10″ strip, and one 2 1/2 x 9″ strip. Of the white fabric, cut one 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip, two 2 1/2″ x 10″ strip, and a square 4″ x 4″ piece for the top.

2. The order of the ruffles starting from the bottom is: 11″ green, 11″ white, 11″ green, 10″ white, 10″ green, 10″ white, 9″ green, and white 4×4 square on the top.

3. Fold the fabric strips in half. Wrap the bottom strip around the bottom of the cone of overlapping the edges. Pin it.

4. Pin the fabric strip on the opposite side, then again in the middle of the other sides and then once more to gather the ruffle

5. Make a ‘bubble’ of white fabric (steps shown below), pin it to the top of the tree. Tuck any raw edges under and pin it so the bubble of fabric hides the pins.

6. Glue the tree to it’s base.

  • I am so smitten with this project that I can’t even begin to say how wonderful this is! So whimsical and so PRETTY! I love the entire vignette SO, SO, SO much! Wait, I have to go look at it again…it makes me happy. :)

  • What AMAZING projects already!!!!! I LOVE this series! I know it has been a LOT of work for you Stephanie Lynn—but HOW COOL! I hope to meet some of these amazing bloggers through this series too!!! :o) Yayyy for an AMAZING way to kick off holiday decor!
    Jaime Lyn from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  • so cute! everything is…the trees, the sign – just darling! xoxo tracie

  • How Darling! I’m so glad I stumbled on to your site! What a great tutorial, I even shared your link with a few friends!

  • Fabulous..I love it and can’t decide which tree I like the most..I guess it’s all of them..The subway art is awesome and what a great tutorial..So easy to follow..Thank you for the post..Have a great week..

  • So, so beautiful!!! Love the trees and that subway sign has got to be my favorite subway art yet! Pinned this!
    Jenn :)

  • Simply fabulous! I am so going to use some of your ideas and if I do, I promise I will link back to you.

  • HOW CUTE! :] I love the white fabric tree the most and of course the subway art!

  • AWESOME!!! LOVE everything! Thanks for sharing all of the tutorials on the trees!

  • Your trees are just adorable thank you for sharing the tutorial!!!

  • I really love the subway sign – from one of my favorite songs. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

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    Ahhhh, I love this! SO creative, fresh! Love all the textures and the simple color scheme too! I would love to try this with my craft girls at church!

  • janet, what a wonderful post! it’s full of xmas goodness! LOVE the trees and subway art:)

  • I love the colors! It’s beautiful! I really love the subway art! That is pure genius!

  • I never thought of making a sign that way… and those trees are SO cute. I love the colors.

  • Delightful!!!!


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