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How To Make A Christmas Tree Out Of Branches

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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.

Supplies Needed

  • Twine
  • String of Christmas lights
  • Branches
  • Saw or pruner
  • A weight, such as a book or water glass
  • Scissors
  • Wall hook
  • Hammer, if required
  • Other decorations, if you wish

Step-By-Step Instructions

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!