This year put your green (and red and pink) thumb to the simple task of cultivating a multicolored topiary forest that you'll never have to water.
Here's how: Cut tissue paper into 2-inch squares and gently crumple. Starting at the top of a styrofoam topiary form, attach each piece with styrofoam glue. Working around the form, affix the pieces close together, mixing up the colors as you go. Place your topiaries in ceramic flowerpots. Use a circle of card stock, crimped at the edge, as a lid. These faux topiaries can be carefully packed away for next year, but keeping them out post-Yuletide is a sure way to beat winter blues.
Originally published in the December 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine.