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« on: November 15, 2004 01:15:30 PM »

Any thoughts on how to do this? I was thinking of wire and pink plastic garland. Any ideas on what kind of wire or some other cute way to do this?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2004 01:28:43 PM »

I found directions once where you took several wire hangers, arranged them hook side in so they formed a triangular shape and wired them together.  Then you wrapped them liberally with garland and lights.

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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2004 06:11:24 PM »

I think this is what you mean - Have Fun!


« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2004 12:21:13 PM »

Yep, that's it! Of course, you are limited to the size of the wire hangers...

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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2004 02:57:17 PM »

Think it might be possible to put a second tier under the first one, wired to the frame above?  I haven't done this, so merely speculating.

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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2004 04:52:20 PM »

I have a great idea! You could also use a tomato cage, it's a lot quicker and looks a lot nicer! Just connect the pointed ends to a point and rap the cage and cover in lights! Walla you have a tree!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2004 10:30:12 PM »

I just made a tree. I will have to post the pic when I get a chance! What I did was I got some silver/tinsel pipe cleaners, a wooden dowel(not too thickl, but not the thinnest ones) and a terra cotta pot. I drilled alternating holes all along the dowel. I turned the pot upside down (the dowel should fit near as snug through the hole in the bottom of the pot) and stuck the dowel through the hole and applied a fair amount of hot glue around the part where the dowel and the hole meet. Once that was set, I applied a more liberal amount of the hot glue on the inside of the pot around the dowel. Then I stuck the pipe cleaners into the holes (the holes should be just big enough to be able to insert the cleaners securely) and secured them with a dab of the hot glue. Then I began wrapping the dowel with the cleaners, to completely cover the wood, gluing each end of the cleaner in place on the dowel. My inspiration was those old, old tinsel Christmas trees. Not the aluminum trees from the 40s. Not exactly the same, and the cleaner wires are not strong enough to support small ornaments, but it is still a cute and funky little sparkly tree, and I plan on making some small paper snowflakes to adorn the tree with.

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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2004 06:31:52 AM »

One year, my family was pretty disorganized (even more so than usual) and didn't have time to go get a tree. Besides, we were going away for much of the Christmas break, and a real tree would have shed all of its needles by time we'd gotten back. So, my ever-resourceful mother took our acorn stove (which we no longer use), wrapped some crinolines and spare tulle around the stovepipe so that the whole thing was tree-shaped, then draped the entire contraption in white cheesecloth (my sister had miles of the stuff for some reason that I can't recall). Then she decorated the white 'tree' with lights, and hung some ornaments off it --- the cheesecloth has a loose enough weave that she could poke those little wire ornament hangers right through it. The whole effect was hilarious, but actually quite pretty. The lights make the soft cloth glow very nicely! And hey, for once the stove and the tree didn't have to compete for pride of place in our living room!

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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2004 12:00:23 AM »

wrapped some crinolines and spare tulle around the stovepipe so that the whole thing was tree-shaped
You have spare tulle? Lucky, lucky you.

Anyway, I saw this either here, or in a book. I can't remeber which...
Find a medium-ish sized branch, and make sure it doesn't have any leaves. If you want to, you can spraypaint it. Silver looks coolest, but any colour is fine.  Fill an icecream container, or larger container if you need to, with concrete. While it is still wet, stick the bottom of the branch into the concrete. You may need something to rest the branch against something. When the concrete is dry, push the bottom of the container inwards so that the concrete comes out, or leave it in if you like it like that. You can then decorate it accordingly, i've heard they look especially nice covered in fairy lights.
Ive explained this really badly, so ask me if you would like to know anything.

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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2004 06:56:56 AM »

I saw instructions for a tree using a wire tomato plant cage. Turn it upside down, put on a little string of lights and wrap that tinsel garland around it.  It looked so cute!
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