It’s become somewhat of a tradition for me to do a holiday-themed craft each year. You might remember seeing my ornament wreath as part of last year’s Holiday Bucket List?
I still really love how that came out and it’s hanging proudly from a shelf in my living room. This year, I decided to DIY myself a Christmas Tree since my cats have forbidden us from bringing a climbable one inside the house. We currently have this little guy on the balcony that I light up and stare at through a closed door each night.
I felt like I needed something for inside though. Something I could hang up (WAY up) high and enjoy every night without a pane of glass in between us. I found this pin on Pinterest, but it’s a dead link (big pet peeve!) and if you Google all combinations of “DIY” and “tree” and “wreath”, it’s as if the internet doesn’t want you to figure out how to make one. There are plenty of full-sized shapes, but I needed something that would lay flat against a wall.
And thus began my mission.
Here’s what you will need if you want to make a tree of your own:
- A triangular-shaped frame ( I used an easel, but you can also look for a work wall cone – be sure it says “wall cone” as this will ensure it has one flat side to lay against a wall)
- pipe cleaners (if you purchase a work cone, you won’t need these, as it will already have something similar attached)
- deco mesh
- hot glue gun
By watching YouTube tutorials on how to make a deco mesh wreath, I was able to get a good idea of the steps I would need to take to make my tree. If your frame doesn’t already have ties on it, you will need to start by wrapping a pipe cleaner 1-2 times around a section of wire at the top of your frame.
You can cover the whole frame with these before adding the mesh, but I chose to do them as I needed them.
Next, secure the end of your mesh to the frame by wrapping the pipe cleaner around it and the metal. This step will be repeated over and over again to form your wreath. You want to gather small sections of mesh and tie them to the frame using pipe cleaners. You can use each pipe cleaner more than once, just be sure you wrap both ends completely around each gathering of mesh.
I found it easiest to do a couple in one spot and then move left to right (and then back right to left) across the entire frame. You can make as many or as few gathers as you like and you can vary the size and shape of each one very easily.
When you finish doing this, you should have something that now resembles a tree. Yay!
Now it’s time to decorate!
I lucked out with my ornaments because they have ties on the back of them that made it very easy to secure them to my frame.
If you can’t find similar ornaments (mine were from a craft store in the floral section), you will need to use your glue gun. I had to attach my word ornaments this way since they had no backing or ties to them.
I applied the “lights” the same way – by applying a drop of hot glue to the back of 2-3 per strand and sticking it to a relatively flat piece of mesh. I did NOT glue each bulb down as I wanted the lights to have a more realistic, dangling effect.
Finally, I watched this video to find out how to make a bow and applied the finished product to the tree (with hot glue) as my star.
I debated covering the bottom of my frame with cutouts of presents, or finding wire cutters strong enough to take them off. You won’t have this problem if you use a work wall cone, but since I used an easel, I had a lot of extra space at the bottom. In the end, I decided to leave them as is because it worked well to prop the tree up on the top of a tall bookcase behind a photo album and some holiday decor.
What do you think? Cat-proof? Is this something you would attempt for your own home? If you do, I would love to see photos of how it turned out!