Collapsible Wire Christmas Tree




About: I'm a designer at Instructables. I have a degree in fashion design and like to sew, get crafty, and attempt to use power tools.

This is a quick and easy spiral Christmas tree made from heavy gauge copper wire and a string of lights.  While not as full bodied or fragrant as its leafy relatives, what I love about this wire tree is that it can be pushed flat for easy storage.

I used around 8 feet of wire for this tree, which measures around two feet tall. The wire needs to be thick enough to hold its shape while still being malleable. This was the perfect length for one strand of lights, but it could easily be made larger. 

Step 1: Shape the Wire

First coil the wire into shape.  I made a straight portion at the top so I could attach a star at the end.  For the base I overlapped it slightly and reinforced with some thin wire, although there are certainly more high-tech/elegant ways of attaching the base.

Step 2: Wrap With Xmas Lights

Starting at the top, wrap a length of Christmas lights around the wire, making sure the plug is at the bottom.  If you have difficulty with the lights spinning while wrapping, you can tape the top end until finished wrapping, and then remove at the end. 

Step 3: Decorate!

Now the fun part!  I used red berry-like twist ties to keep the lights in place and add color, which also served as a way to hang the ornaments.  Have fun decorating!

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Reply 3 years ago

I think I used whatever lights I had lying around, but yes LED lights are long lasting and the way to go.


4 years ago

How pretty! What a lovely way to make a tree for those with space considerations.


7 years ago on Introduction

That's a very clever tree ;)
I'd love to make one myself but don't know what wire to get. Could you please tell me the rough diameter of the wire you used? Thanks so much!


8 years ago on Introduction

Neat! It looks like you could push it back down into a flat coil, and store it away in a flat box between Christmases.

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8 years ago on Introduction

I love your christmas tree. I might make a gigantic one for my back yard, and it would also make a nice centerpiece for a dinner table. good work, hope you make some more instructables.