14 December, 2011

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree! How something something are your something.

Okay, I have no idea what the words are. How sad is that? I know you've all been waiting for this, so without further ado, I give you...

My homemade Christmas tree!

bailing wire
wire cutters
tough-ass fingers
measuring tape

Start out by measuring four lengths of wire, all the same length. My bottom layer was somewhere between 8 and 9 feet, but that was three days ago, you can't expect me to remember. Then each layer was 14" shorter.

(pretend there is a picture here, k?)

Take the four lengths of wire and twist them together. Then, form them into a circle and connect the ends. I just made loops at each end and threaded them together, then smashed the loops down.

Keep going until you have all of your layers made. I did 6 layers total, but you can do however many you want. After you've got them all twisted and formed in circles, cut a bunch of 1' pieces to connect the layers. I did 4 for each. Twist them around the bottom layer, then twist them around the top layer. Keep going until all of your layers are connected.

For the top, I cut 2 pieces at 2' long, and bent them in half. Then I twisted them together at their half-points, and twisted them onto the top layer. We also made a star for ours, but you can't see it very well in this picture.

Then start adding lights! I started out by stringing them from top to bottom. It helped the tree hold its shape. I did four strands that way.

Then I wrapped them around the tree in a spiral pattern. Four more strands this way, although as soon as I can find more lights (if I can find more lights) I will be adding probably three more strands like this. The bottom isn't quite lit how I want it to be.

And there it is! My fabulous non-tree that I love and Husband loves so I think it's a total success. It took a few hours for me to twist the layers, and then Husband helped me do the rest. Overall, probably 5-6 hours were spent on this tree, and a total of $7.99 for the bailing wire (we had the rest of the supplies already). But, we can flatten it down and put it in storage to use again next year. We'll just have to straighten the wires out a bit, but it will work just as well.

I absolutely love it! What do you think?


  1. how fun..and different..very cool :)

  2. Um, great idea. Love different and unique.

  3. This is bad-ass Kendahl I love it!! Great job with it. I've never seen this before. So cool!!

  4. That is a great idea and very unique. Great job!!



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