Introduction: Collapsible Wire Christmas Tree

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This is a quick and easy spiral Christmas tree made from heavy gauge copper wire and a string of lights.  While not as full bodied or fragrant as its leafy relatives, what I love about this wire tree is that it can be pushed flat for easy storage.

I used around 8 feet of wire for this tree, which measures around two feet tall. The wire needs to be thick enough to hold its shape while still being malleable. This was the perfect length for one strand of lights, but it could easily be made larger. 

Step 1: Shape the Wire

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First coil the wire into shape.  I made a straight portion at the top so I could attach a star at the end.  For the base I overlapped it slightly and reinforced with some thin wire, although there are certainly more high-tech/elegant ways of attaching the base.

Step 2: Wrap With Xmas Lights

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Starting at the top, wrap a length of Christmas lights around the wire, making sure the plug is at the bottom.  If you have difficulty with the lights spinning while wrapping, you can tape the top end until finished wrapping, and then remove at the end. 

Step 3: Decorate!

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Now the fun part!  I used red berry-like twist ties to keep the lights in place and add color, which also served as a way to hang the ornaments.  Have fun decorating!

Comments

alkhil (author)2015-10-14

wow! it's so nice and inspired me!) thanks for great idea!
what are these lights? I read here a review topchoice.best/main-review/best-christmas-lights, and as I understood, LED lights are much more better. are your lights LED?

Natalina (author)alkhil2015-10-15

I think I used whatever lights I had lying around, but yes LED lights are long lasting and the way to go.

yfrankenberries (author)2014-12-22

It was an inspiration to create my own!! Love it!!

Natalina (author)yfrankenberries2014-12-23

Glad you had fun making it!

jmyers1 (author)2014-12-05

How pretty! What a lovely way to make a tree for those with space considerations.

Minum (author)2011-12-18

That's a very clever tree ;)
I'd love to make one myself but don't know what wire to get. Could you please tell me the rough diameter of the wire you used? Thanks so much!

farzadbayan (author)2011-04-26

So beautiful and lovely!

thepelton (author)2010-11-29

Neat! It looks like you could push it back down into a flat coil, and store it away in a flat box between Christmases.

Natalina (author)thepelton2010-12-16

Yep, that is exactly what I do. It's going into it's 3rd Christmas now!

rlawrence (author)2010-12-01

I love your christmas tree. I might make a gigantic one for my back yard, and it would also make a nice centerpiece for a dinner table. good work, hope you make some more instructables.

Carleyy (author)2010-11-29

Pretty! Awesome first instructable :)

Natalina (author)Carleyy2010-12-01

Thanks!

ChrysN (author)2010-11-29

Pretty, it's nice for small spaces.

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