I was initially searching for something that resembles the candy cane tree at my Dad's, but no such luck. I'll have to look at it closely when I'm home for the holidays this year so I can recreate it. In any case, this project fit perfectly with my hankering for felt as of late.
Unfortunately, hot glue guns appear to be my arch nemesis. A few bits of glue stuck to your finger is par for the course, but a massive burn blister on my index finger is probably an indication that I have less coordination than previously thought. At least my stitching didn't result in any bloodshed or other injury.