You might have seen these whimsical christmas trees somewhere around and wondered how they are made...
Here's a clear how to and as a small bonus I show you how to decorate your tree with an eco-friendly garland made of natural materials you might already have around :)
It's an easy and clumsiness-forgiving craft and also makes a nice gift,
one tree is made in approximately one hour - when you gathered all the materials before.
These Christmas trees are made for the outdoors - they will not last if placed indoors.
Step 1: Materials and Tools Needed
for one tree:
a small birch stem ( about 5 cm thick) or optional a broom stick
a bunch of christmas tree branches
a bucket or planter
wire and optional a more decorative wire like brass or coppar
nails and a hammer
some scrap wood pieces
some small rocks, and sand - or if you're the more patient type, concrete :)
( burlap fabric, for covering up, if you used a -not so nice looking- bucket )
one christmas ball
If you want to make the garland:
cookie cutters - stars, hearts...
thin brass wire
Step 2: Securing the Stem
cut short pieces of scrap wood as wide as your bucket/planter and nail them crosswise on your birch stem.
It should fit quite tight in the bucket.
when your stem manages to stand upright by itself you can go on and add some weight to it - start with smaller rocks, and them fill it up with sand.
Now your stem should stand secure in the bucket/planter, with no risk of tipping over.
If you are the more patient type : you could secure your stem with concrete in the bucket, and wait for it to set.
Step 3: The First Layer of Branches
wind your wire a couple times around the stem, until it's secure.
take about 3 to 5 branches upside down and secure them around the stem with the wire.
be careful to place the branches "face up" ( the nicer looking side outwards)
- now you can decide what height you want the tree to end /start, by moving the branches up or down.
pull the wire tight and add more branches until it looks even and "broomy"
NOTE: check the pictures to see where to wind the wire
Step 4: Second Layer
Use the same technique as with the first layer, but start higher up on the stem,
the second layer should cover the first layer slightly, you might want to use a little shorter branches for the second layer.
go on until you are pleased with the overall look
Step 5: Third Layer
Now you use short branches ( half the length of the second layer) to cover up the top
Try to work a little less messy with the wire ;)
Step 6: The Whimsical Top
use the bendiest branches you can find and put them together to a bundle of
30- to 40cm length and starting with 6 cm thickness to 4 cm at the top
putting your bundle on top of the third tree layer and secure it with wire ( use a thinner nicer looking wire if you have),
NOTE: this time you change the direction of the branches - the thinner end will be the very top!
now work the bundle together with wide windings of your wire ( pull it tight), try to bend it to that whimsical bow.
(check the pictures for more clarity)
work your way with the wire from the tree to the top, and back towards the tree,
secure the wire and hide the end underneath the branches.
Step 7: Making Stars for the Garland
peel one or more oranges and place your cookie cutters on it - use a cutting bord or scrap wood under to protect your worksurface.
Now stamp it out - it works fine by hand, but hurts after 10 stars so you can use a hammer as help.
the orange peel will last outdoors on normal cold winterweather - it may dry up a little, but still looks nice!
Step 8: Wire It
Cut a long piece of wire 1,5 to 2 m
push the wire though the orange stars and tear them on the wire like a button,
wind in cinnamon sticks, walnut shells, star anise or whatever you come up with :)
Leave 10 to 15cm space between the single decorations.
Step 9: Decorate and Admire
hang a christmas ball on the whimsical top of the tree - a hook made of wire works great.
wind your garland or your desired decoration around the tree - maybe some lighting?
cover the bucket with burlap fabric.
wait for snow :)
Merry christmas! God jul!
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