If you have access to fallen tree branches, a tutorial about how to make a Christmas tree out of branches might be right up your alley.
It would make a great space-saving Christmas tree for a small apartment, small office, or dorm. It could also be a minimalist and natural artistic statement that will have your Christmas guests chatting.
- String of Christmas lights
- Saw or pruner
- A weight, such as a book or water glass
- Wall hook
- Hammer, if required
- Other decorations, if you wish
This is a very easy project and fairly quick. You need to have access to a table big enough to put the tree together and a saw or set of pruners to cut the branches to size. Or, maybe you and your dog have found a selection of branches on your walks, and you don’t need to cut anything! Think about if you want to put a nail in the wall, or if you want to use a removable hook that won’t leave any residue.
- Cut a branch to the desired length of the bottom rung of your tree.
- Cut 6 more lengths, with each one getting shorter.
- Place branches from biggest to smallest on your work table.
- Move the bottom branches to about 6 inches apart.
- Move each branch going up the tree to a smaller distance away from the last one.
- Tie the string to the bottom branch about 3 inches from one side.
- Loop around the next branch in the same position.
- Tie a knot to hold the branch in place; you’ll need to pull the whole length of the twine through to complete the knot.
- Repeat all the way to the top.
- Bring enough string out to make a hanger, and hold it down with a weight.
- Take the string and repeat the process down the other side of the tree all the way to the bottom branch.
- Cut off the excess twine.
- Consider the proposed location of your tree in terms of your lights. Do you need to put it near an electrical outlet? Or if they are battery-powered, do you need to put the tree near a bookshelf or table so you can hide the battery unit?
- Install the hook on the wall.
- Drape your lights over the tree.
- Place decorations on the tree if you wish.
Now you have a truly unique and natural Christmas tree!