Make a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

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Introduction: Make a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

This instructable shows how to find the true meaning of Christmas.  It's not about fancy aluminum Christmas trees, real estate, a blue ribbon for the best decorated dog house, or cash in 10s and 20s.  It's about hope, and who has more hope than anyone else?

Charlie Brown

Who hopes to someday kick that football, who hopes to someday woo that little red headed girl, and who hopes that all his anxieties are a figment of his imagination despite wasting all those nickels and dimes on "Psychiatric Help".

This instructable is not about a sad little tree.  It's about a tree which still has some hope.
 
 

Step 1: Materials

Materials:

-A cedar/pine branch (real or fake)
-Pruners (or metal clippers if using fake)
-Piece of wood
-Red ball ornament and ornament hook
-Electric drill
-Drill bits
-Dried beans (or pebbles)
-Wood glue (if necessary)

 
 
 
 
 

Step 2: Prep the Branch

Bend the branch so it can hang down better.

Prune away extra leaves and branches so that it looks sparse.

 
 
 
 

Step 3: Drill the Hole

Approximate how large of a hole you'll need.  The drill bit should be a little larger than the end of the branch.

Drill the hole in the center of the piece of wood.

 
 
 
 
 

Step 4: Insert Branch

Insert the branch into the hole.  Use wood glue to hold it in place if necessary.

 
 
 
 

Step 5: Weight the Ornament

Add beans (or pebbles) to the inside of the ball ornament.  You won't need too many.

 
 
 

Step 6: Attach Ornament

Wrap the ornament hanging wire around a minor upper branch.  You might have to readjust the amount of beans (or pebbles) inside the ornament to get the right effect.

 
 
 
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    Nice pics as ever. So what's the story behind this? :D

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    How do you not know about Charlie Brown's Christmas tree??


    charlie-brown-tree.jpg

    Is the ornament originally blue? or is it red? I thought it was red....

    It's red in my memory, but not on the internet - maybe he gets a new bauble every year?

    It's red in the cartoon movie and blue in the original comic strip

    it's red in my memory too, hmmmm......I think I'll go with red when I make this.

    I can remember watching this every year (in my memory)! It never gets old.

     The only network I can get over the air is CBS, and it's been at least 2 years since it aired.

    Yes, where I live it's only on ABC, I think.

    I live in Oregon and it's on ABC. But you can probably watch it at Hulu.com

    i just ran sound for this play at a church today its a classic

    Yeah. It's amazing how popular it still is after how long it's been on. It's more than twice my age, and still going strong.

    I was never a big fan of snoopy. I remember it when I was growing up but I think I was too young when it was really really popular.

    Perhaps you should retell the story for those of us who aren't lucky enough to know already :D

    A Charlie Brown Christmas was produced in the 1960s well before I was born.  There's a simple pleasant joy to it, and it's still relevant.  ABC is amazingly showing most of it on their website.  There are a couple clips edited out, but you'll understand a Charlie Brown Christmas tree from what they show.  Watch for the magic.
     

    Yes,  thanks - I found the YouTube  :)  :)

    "Due to international rights agreements, we only offer this video to viewers located within the United States and its territories"

    :(     :(

    Unhappy of UK