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Hex Nut Tree Topper and Ornaments

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Celebrate your Christmas and DIY spirit with these cute hardware ornaments and matching tree topper!

Materials - Tree Topper
1/4" Hex nuts (72)
1/8" Hex nuts (36)
1/2" Hex nuts (7)
1/4" Washers (18)
1/2" Washer (1)
1/4" x 6" Eye bolt (1)
Screw (1)
2.5" diameter magnet (1)
Tiny neodymium magnets (3)
Krylon spray paint - Metallic - Gold
Krylon spray paint - Brushed Metallic - Caramel Latte
10mm point-back Swarovski rhinestones (7)
Gorilla SuperGlue*

Materials - Ornaments
Hex nuts (21)
Head pins (3)
6mm point-back Swarovski Crystals (3)
Krylon Spray paint - Brushed Metallic - Caramel Latte
Krylon Spray paint - Gloss - White

Tools - Tree Topper
Drill
Saw

Tools - Ornaments
Drill
Round nose pliers
Vice
Wire cutter


* This is for a simple pattern, but more intricate designs wouldn't take much more effort. However, if creating anything larger, I would recommend epoxy over superglue since it will get heavy.

 
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Step 1: Paint

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The project included colors of Krylon spray paint.  I glued the hex nuts into rings before painting them and sprayed each side once following the directions on the paint can.

Tree Top
Magnet in Caramel Latte
Hex rings in Caramel Latte (3)
Hex nuts in gold (6)

Ornaments
Hex ring in White (1)
Hex ring in Caramel Latte (1)



Step 2: Add Loop to Ornaments

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Add a loop to the top of each ornament on which to attach the Christmas tree hooks.

1. Drill a small hole in the tops of three hex nuts.  Hole must be smaller than the end of the head pin  I used the 1/16" Dremel drill bit.

2. Thread head pin through the nut and cut, leaving about 1/2" of wire.

3. Bend wire into loop with a round nose pliers.

Step 3: Assemble Ornaments

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Glue rings with a center hex nut, add crystal and the ornaments are all set!
jcrogan12 years ago
Where in the world did you find 1/8" hex nuts? I can't find them anywhere!
clorentz2 years ago
what kind of glue do you use?? that seems to be my biggest problem?
annahowardshaw (author)  clorentz2 years ago
Superglue should be fine for the small ones, but for anything larger, try an epoxy. Hope it come out awesome!
annahowardshaw (author) 3 years ago
The ornaments are lighter than a lot of standard decorations, so I didn't have any branch pulling problems.

If you are referring to the tree top decoration, the eye bolt in Step 5 allows for a crazy-heavy topper. It would have to be heavy enough to tip the tree to be a problem. This was about a 5 foot tree...I guess smaller than three feet could be an issue if it were very thin.
thepelton3 years ago
My Mother had an MA in Fine Art. She told me when making Christmas Tree decorations to be sure and not make them so heavy that they pulled the branch down.
Congrats on your win. Well deserved. I will definitely do this next year.