Four ways to make a Christmas tree

Four ways to make a Christmas tree

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Real Christmas trees don’t work for everyone. You may have destructive pets, young children, a small apartment, or a small budget. You may be allergic to trees or the mold spores they can bring with them. You may just want to do things differently. Whatever the reason, there are many ways to make your own tree and make it unique to you. Here are some ways to make a Christmas tree out of just about anything.

Make a floating ornamental tree

To make a tree hanging from ornaments and fishing line, you will need these and some Removable hooks. If you have textured ceilings or a space that doesn’t accommodate temporary stick-on hooks, you can use them Ceiling hooks and anchors for this project. (If you go this route, you’ll also need a drill.) Keep in mind that adhesive hooks are designed to hold about a half pound and the screw type will hold up to 20, so if you plan to use heavier ornaments, the screw variety will work best. Next, draw your hooks in a circular pattern on the ceiling with one hook for each ornament you want. Smaller “trees” will need less decoration.

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Once you’ve drawn your circle, start by hanging the ornaments closest to the ceiling in the center of your circle and work out with longer strands of fishing line so that the outermost ornaments hang as far as possible from the ceiling. This will give you the classic tree shape. If you want to add lights, you can hang strings of lights scattered among the ornaments.

Make a tree out of butcher paper

Using butcher paper suspended from the ceiling on a Plant hook You can create your tree shape by using long pieces of paper from the roll towards the center of your tree shape and then adding shorter pieces of butcher paper towards the outside. Parchment or kraft paper will also work for this project. Use a piece of ribbon or string to create a larger ring to tie your leaf to, then you can use a paper snip to cover the ring once your tree is complete. Here’s a visual tutorial to help you:

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To decorate your paper tree, you can use a hole or punch shaped like a star pattern to add some design to the paper. Add string lights to the tree for illumination but be sure to use them LED lights Because incandescent bulbs can get hot, which is dangerous with paper decorations.

Make a tree out of flowers or ferns

An arrangement of flowers or greenery can make an excellent tree in a pinch. The trick here is to get the form right. Using a wide-mouthed pot, start with the tallest stems in the middle of your arrangement and work out with shorter and shorter stems as you go. To help keep your trunks organized and achieve a tree shape, you can use it foam rings to hold your layers together. Start with the smallest ring on your longer, center stems and work your way outward to your largest ring, covering the foam with greenery or decorations.

Use the tomato cage out of season

Gardeners will love being able to use out-of-season tomato cages to make a Christmas tree. This is good for the patio as well as indoors. All you need to do is turn the round tomato cage upside down and bend the wedges together to make a point. You can use some floral wire to hold it in place if it is too hard to bend. Next, string some lights, garland, or whatever decorations you like on the outside to make it yours.

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