Christmas Tree Peak

About: Former technics and arts and crafts teacher at a school for mentally disabled young adults.

Christmas peak made of tree, instead of a tree, or alternative decoration.

All you need is a glue gun, a collection of branches about 1/2 inch thick, and some bows or vases to mold the peak on.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Model

With some tape I piled up a few bowls and a vase on top of each other. This is going to be the top side. Later I will add a lower side. These bowls and vases can be glass or ceramic, or even plastic. Glass and ceramic are easier to keep unstuck when gluing the branches.

Step 2: Glue the Top

Start with 5 or 6 pieces of branch, each 3-4 inch long. glue them in a circle and mount them around the peak. Add more pieces upward and downward creating as much triangular shapes as you can. Shapes with four or five sides are less sturdy so add diagonals in square open spaces

Step 3: Keep Adding

Keep on adding branches downward until you you hit the table on all sides. While adding check if your work doesn't get stuck on the glass or ceramic bowls. Remove all threads lefft by the melting glue.

Step 4: The Base

For the base I used the same half circular bowl as for the top so the sides will fit together. The lower part has a more straight shape. We will start with the upper bowl placed upside down on the table.

Step 5: Bowl 1

Make a circle from 7-8 pieces fitting the base of the bowl. Place it on the bowl and add more sticks going downward.

Keep in mind that a triangular shape makes it more sturdy. Keep on adding until all sides reach the table.

Step 6: Bowl 2

Remove the glass bowl and place your work, right side up on the second bowl. Add more branches. Keep in mind that the whole structure will have to stand on this rim so it really needs to be strong.

Step 7: The Rim

Close the rim on the table with pieces of branch, making it a strong closed circle.

Step 8: Assembling

Put upper an lower part together. I could place them on top of each other without glue, and without falling. On all sides add glue and pieces of branch to connect the two pieces. Remove all remaining threads from the melting glue.

Pull a string of Christmas lights inward through the base and connect it in a few places with some string on the inside. Place it between other "natural" Christmas decorations

Make it Glow!

Participated in the
Make it Glow!

5 People Made This Project!

Recommendations

  • Book Character Costume Challenge

    Book Character Costume Challenge
  • Made with Math Contest

    Made with Math Contest
  • Cardboard Speed Challenge

    Cardboard Speed Challenge

6 Discussions

None
grols

4 years ago on Introduction

Cool!

And for me it's like some tower for Halloween (:

None
Rich_Limburger

4 years ago on Step 8

Prachtig stuk kerstversiering. Mooie instructable met erg duidelijke werkbeschrijving. Het is dat ik een erg lang to-do-lijstje heb anders begon ik er meteen aan. Je kartonnen vogels zien er ook prachtig uit, komt daar ook een instructable van?

2 replies

Hé leuk dat je meer bekeken hebt. Je brengt me op een idee! En tot 19 jan kan ie mee in de papercraft contest. Eerst staat er nog een ander projectje in "draft". Misschien wat voor de kamer van je kids.... en daarna dan?