Step 1: Materals & Tools
-A knitted throw
-Christmas tree stand
-Long thin strips of hardwood (one should be able to get these for free from a wood shop, these scraps are usually floating around)
-8 foot 4 x 4 or 2 x 4, to use as the center mast
-Various size drywall screws
& these tools
-Tape measure (not totally necessary, but helpful)
-Drill with drillbits and screw tip
-Saw electric or hand
Although there may seem like a lot of instructions, this is a pretty straightforward simple to do tree, that is very freeform so there really is no wrong.
Step 2: Creating Your Base
Cut these five pieces to start. I use random scratch my shop around 1" x 1", but the size is not really important as long as they're strong enough.
Take your three vertical strips and drive a screw through all three of them at the top (do not make it to tight as you will splay them out from that point). Place your 4 x 4 and your Christmas tree stand and plumb it up. Set your three vertical pieces that you get screwed apart on top of your 4 x 4 so that the center piece is coming from off the front of the 4" x 4" and each of the other two pieces are coming off of each side. Then screw your two pieces to the bottoms between those three pieces. I predrilled as to not split the wood. This may require you to slide the vertical pieces up-and-down to get the correct display at the bottom.
once you have these pieces attached i drove a screw at the top, and then cut appropriately sized horizontal pieces across the back of my strips to keep them from wiggling around and to stiffen up the body of the amateur.
To look down at this from above it would look like a triangle protruding away from the 4 x 4 on three sides, and flush with the back of the 4” x 4"
Step 3: Attaching the Fabric and the Lights
It was attached we ran our lights from the back and pushed them through the weaving so one would not see the wires and only the lights. BE SURE TO USE LIGHTS THAT DO NOT GET HOT!
Step 4: Finish
Here are a few of the other trees we've made.