Coat Hanger Christmas Tree

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About: Professionally I have been a summer camp counselor, a Draftsman/designer, salesperson, bicycle mechanic, laminate flooring machine mechanic, teacher, and designer of the OP Loftbed. Personally I am a human...

This is a small inexpensive tree that you can make. They are small so they are great for small apartments or offices. They are small enough for a table or desk.

Step 1: Danger!

You will be using a hot glue gun on this Instructable. It is much safer than most Instructables I have made. This is a great family project as long as the children understand that the hot glue gun has the word "hot" in it's name for a reason. And it is a Christmas tree that they can reach the top!

Step 2: Materials and Tools

You will need:

(6) Wire coat hangers

A string of Christmas tree lights. I used 100 mini multi colored lights on a 23 feet long cord.

(2) bundles of tinsel garland 15 feet long. I did not use all of it, but one was not enough.

Some small ornaments. We used some unbreakable plastic ones.

I used some green electrical tape to tape the coat hangers together and to tape the lights onto the coat hanger skeleton, but any strong tape should work.

The only tools I used were some scissors and a hot glue gun with hot glue sticks.

Step 3: Tape Two Coat Hangers Together

You start by making the skeleton out of the six coat hangers. Tape two together as shown in the picture, by taping them at one set of the arms of the coat hanger and then at both places that the hooks meet the cross pieces. You will do this three times to use up all six coat hangers.

Step 4: Assemble the Skeleton

Take the three pairs of two taped together hangers and put them together. Hold one pair and lace the untaped arm of the other pair thru the hole in the middle. Then take the third pair and lace them thru the hole in the other two pairs previously put together. It should look like the skeleton of a Christmas tree. Make sure they are evenly spaced between each other and tape them together, at the top.

Step 5: Wrap the Lights

Start with the male plug end of the lights at the bottom of the skeleton. Tape the cord of the lights to one of the coat hangers. Spiral the lights around the skeleton, taping the cord to the skeleton as you go. You might want to experiment with the spacing of your spiral so you will end up with the last light at the top of the skeleton.

Step 6: Wrap the Tinsel

You will wrap the tinsel like the lights, but instead of taping it on, you will use hot glue to glue it to the skeleton. I try not to get hot glue on the light wire, just to be safe that it does not melt the wire insulation.

Step 7: Fill Gaps

Once you are done gluing on the tinsel garland, check for any gaps you may have left. If there are any gaps, you can simply cut a small piece of garland and glue it in the gap.

Step 8: Glue on a Topper

A small topper looks good on top of the coat hanger Christmas tree. I hot glued one of the gold star shaped ornaments on top.

Step 9: Hang Ornaments

This is the part that the kids liked the most. Hang the small ornaments on the tree. The small light ornaments are easy to hang on the tinsel or the wire of the lights.

Step 10: Enjoy Your Coat Hanger Tree

Now you have a nice, small, light, easy to transport tree that can be set up in places that a standard size Christmas tree can not fit. They also make great gifts.

Step 11: Video

As always, I made a video.

Thank you for watching and Enjoy.

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