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Topic: making a (paper mache?) Christmas tree?  (Read 4104 times)
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« on: November 20, 2008 08:17:22 PM »

i've got this crazy idea to make my own Christmas tree, and hoping for some good input. my living room walls are a deep cherry red, my furniture is black and all my accents are black/white or silver. i originally thought i wanted a white tree, but then i saw these BLACK trees that i thought were really cool. but, in the end, i really want a Christmas tree that doesn't look like an evergreen - black, white or any other color. i think i want it to look like a tree that's lost its leaves. here's my list of thoughts & must-haves:

1. i want to put the tree in the corner of the room. so the trunk will need to be good & heavy to support the top-heavy side from falling.

2. i want to be able to assemble the tree in sections so i can take the tree apart for storage.

3. i'm leaning towards paper mache ... but can i make that strong enough? i've not done a lot with paper mache - will it dry stiff enough to not bend with the weight of the ornaments?

4. am i absolutely crazy? i think this would look AWESOME in my living room. think tim burton-esque, nightmare before Christmas ... things like that.

any help? please? Smiley
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2008 12:29:58 PM »

I made something like this before, although it did turn out a little top heavy. I just used chicken wire (I'm assuming you guys call it the same over there) to make the general shape, then covered it with paper mache, and then a layer of plaster of paris before painting. You definitely need something heavy in the bottom to hold it steady though. If you did the base with chicken wire you could always fill the bottom with some kind of weight.
And also you could probably do without the plaster, maybe just do a layer or two of white paper, and then paint it?
Idk. Hope that helps a bit anyway Smiley
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