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

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.

Tree #4-‘Marshmallow/Bubble’ Tree

Supplies Needed

  • One 12″ x 4″ Cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
  • One package of sixteen 1″ Balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
  • 3/4 yd of 58″ wide heavy weight white fabric (The tree pictured is made of white stretch taffeta.)
  • Paint
  • Extra Long Satin Pins

The Marshmallows/Bubbles

A pin is used in the pictures to show where you will hold the fabric with your thumb and index finger when folding it. You don’t need to pin it until step five.

1. Cut six 4″ strips that are 58″ long and then cut each strip into 4″ squares.

2. Fold the square in half to form a triangle. Take the right hand corner (pinch one layer of the fabric on the very tip) and bring it to the front. Line up the corners.

3. Take the left hand corner (pinch one layer of fabric on the very tip) and take it to the back. Line up the corners.

4. All four corners should be lined up at the bottom. Puff out the center, it should be in a bubble shape now.

5. Pin through all four layers of fabric.

6. Pin the ‘bubbles’ to the cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Pin one bubble on and then place the next one close to it so that it hides the pin on the one that you just added. The bubbles should be just close enough so that you don’t see any of the cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam or the pins

Polka-Dots/Berries (To add a little whimsy.)

Push a pin through the center of each of the sixteen 1″ balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Hold onto the pin to paint them. Let fully dry. Push the pin in between the bubbles on the tree.

Tree# 5- ‘Mint’ or ‘Jelly Bean’ Tree

Supplies Needed

  • One 6″ x 3″ Cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam.
  • Bag of baby lima beans
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Accent ribbon
  • Off white spray paint

1. Glue the beans on in rows one at a time with hot glue until the tree is completely covered.

2. Pick off any strands of hot glue, then spray paint it with off-white spray paint.

3. Glue the tree-top onto the trunk and base and pin a ribbon bow to the top.

Subway Art Sign

Supplies Needed

  • One 12″x18″ Board of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam.
  • Four 1/4″ x 3″ x 24″ Poplar Boards (They actually measure 2 1/2 inches wide, not a full 3″ and can be found at Lowes.)
  • Four large 5 gallon size paint sticks. You can buy them at some paint counters. (You could also use ribbon instead.)
  • Dark Walnut Stain
  • Off-white Paint (Sherwinn Williams Alabaster was used for this sign.)
  • Sand paper
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • Black spray paint or craft paint

1. Spray paint the front of the 12″ x 18″ board of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Be careful to keep the coats light. If you spray too heavily in one place it can damage it. (This step is only necessary if the white color will show through between the wood slats, you could also use craft paint.)

2. Cut the 1/4″ x 3″ x 24″ poplar boards in half. Measure first before you cut. You may need to trim them down some so the will fit. Cut the paint sticks to fit around the board of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam.

3. Use a rag to stain the 4 paint sticks and the poplar boards with dark walnut stain. Let fully dry.

4. I used a vinyl cutting machine and contact paper to make a stencil for the subway art. The font used is called Latha. Another option is to print out the words you want to use and cut out a stencil with an exacto knife. You could also print the subway art words on your home computer, take it to a copy center and copy it (prevents the Mod Podge from smearing the print), then trim to size and Mod Podge onto the boards.

5. If you are using a vinyl cutting machine: Cut out the subway art words onto contact paper. Weed out the background. Apply the lettering to the boards and paint over it. It may take 2 coats. While the paint is slightly dry yet still tacky, pull up the contact paper with some tweezers. Let dry and then sand to distress, sand all edges and lightly over the top of the stencil

6. Glue the paint sticks around the perimeter of the board of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Glue each board slat into place with a dot of hot glue on each side

*I’m planning to buy more boards to put on the back of the subway art to make it reversible. I’ll use words that are not seasonal so the board can be used year round.

This vignette took some time to put together, but wasn’t difficult to make. It was nice to be able to use pins with the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. If something didn’t look quite right, I simply pulled out the pin and tried again. Also, if I ever want to dream up a new look for the trees, I can easily unpin the fabric and recover them with something fun and new!

My thanks to Stephanie Lynn and STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam for giving me the opportunity to share this project with you at the Handmade Holidays Series here at Under the Table and Dreaming. It was a lot of fun to put together and has now given me a reason to look forward to the month of January. 🙂

♦ For more inspiring projects and crafts ♦
Visit Janet at Today’s Fabulous Finds

Thanks so much Janet for sharing this super fun vignette. I adore all of the different tree designs as they each add a new layer of texture to the ‘marshmallow scene’ – and I absolutely love the real tree trunk bases!
We still have one more post for today coming up shortly ~ Enjoy.

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  1. What a beautiful vignette! I cannot pick a favorite topiary, they’re all wonderful. “Marshmallow World” has been a favorite of my daughter’s, too. Thank you! Sharon

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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..

  7. So, so beautiful!!! Love the trees and that subway sign has got to be my favorite subway art yet! Pinned this!
    Jenn 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

  14. :

    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!

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

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

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

  18. Delightful!!!!


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