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Picture of Worlds easiest and coolest Grinchmas tree
My favorite Christmas story and cartoon was/is 'The Grinch who stole Christmas' Recently my wife found a flower shop that was making 'Grinch' trees that immediately put a smile on my face made out of cedar bows a few ornaments etc.. Loved it but the price was a bit much for me so I decided to make my own and to make it so that it will not die out on me. 

 
 
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Step 1: What you need


Materials:
- 10" diameter circle piece of plywood 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick
- 8 wire coat hangers
- 1 mini led string of lights (50 in this string)
- Green Garland
- mini strand of Garland in a fancy color
- Ugly decorations with one big ball ornament
- Tie wraps or twist ties or duck tape

Tools:
- Pliers 
- Side cutters
- Hot glue gun ( in my eyes a mini nightmare of a napalm dispenser, you will understand this statement when you get the first blob on your hand )
- Depending on the chunk of wood you have you may need a jig saw (you can buy 10" diameter disks at most hardware stores)
-Drill and 1/16 drill bit
 

Step 2: Initial prep

- If you have a disk of wood mark out 8 locations about 1/2 inch from the edge equally spaced and drill holes half way through, if you do not have a disk or use a jigsaw and cut one out or even use a square piece of ply 10"x10", it is only a esthetic choice to have it round.
- cut the hooks off the coat hanger and straighten them out 
- insert the hanger ends into the holes in the first step
- Hot glue them into the holes
Here's my Grinch tree at my desk at work.  I made it a little bigger using a reel of 18 gauge steel wire, but 18 gauge isn't as thick as a coat-hanger wire.  Not a great combo!  I ended up adding in 8 extra vertical wires and horizontal rings of wire and tie-wrapping them all quite thoroughly, which made it much stiffer, but took a lot longer.  If I make another, I'll come up with some coat hangers.  Because I made it bigger, I had to use 2 nine-foot garlands, which fit my tree perfectly.  I also made the base a foot across to accommodate the bigger scale.  Overall it turned out great ,and I used a HUGE ornament to emphasize the bend.

If you notice my lights behind the tree... my whole cube is lit up like that.  :)
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MechanicalMashup (author)  surrealdreams3 years ago
Love it!!!! Now I have to go and get some rebar and make a 30' version so no one can out do me like you :) Wonder if the neighbors will mind a tree like that blocking their view????

Great work!
Thanks - don't tempt me to make a ridiculous scale version. I don't want to get evicted. :)
acidbass3 years ago
great its in my room i am such a grinch/ scrooge
kketcham573 years ago
I love it! So much so, that I built my own little Grinchmas shrine:) The instructions were clear and easy. Thanks for a great project!
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MechanicalMashup (author)  kketcham573 years ago
Looks great! Love it...
I absolute adore this idea!  I bet you could really set off the theme with some figurines and stuffed animals/characters and such.  I have to do this next year.
 
MechanicalMashup (author)  AngryRedhead3 years ago
Well post a picture of it! Great to hear you liked it Red....
MechanicalMashup (author)  AngryRedhead4 years ago
 Thank you! if you remember next year post some images when you are done.

This Instructable includes a video of how to make this tree.  Either watch or skip over the first half of the video, which shows how to make an "exploding" gift box. The second half covers this project. While the gift box is a very cool idea, the Grinch/Who Christmas tree is the one I plan to make this year.  It's such a rocking craft, and it's very unexpected.

I'm 99% sure there will be one of these on my desk at work this holiday season.

zieak4 years ago
I love it.  I might just have to try a larger build...
MechanicalMashup (author)  zieak4 years ago
Glad you liked it!

 I was thinking the same using PVC and a heat Gun to bend the tubes. Make sure if you scale it up to post a picture.