While decorating for Christmas the other day Caroline and I ran into a problem. The village on the top of the entertainment center seemed rather dark. We talked about several options, and decided that we would create a some type of light for the dark corner. We tossed around several ideas as to how to go about it and this is what we came up with. We all love how it looks. Rachel says the light shining down on the village makes it look like sunrise or sunset.
Yesterday we got out in the cold and rain and made a quick trip to Home Depot and Walmart for supplies. At Home Depot we bought a 2′ x 10′ roll of chicken wire for close to $8. We also bought some nice wire cutters and needle nose pliers (shh, don’t tell Gene, I’m hiding these tools from him so they don’t go MIA). Then we went to Walmart to get lights and other supplies for decorating (those projects will be in a different post).
This project was quite fluid and we started out with one idea which didn’t work out as well as we would like, so we played with it until we got it how we wanted it. This also means it would be easily adaptable for you. You can add ribbons, bows, or ornaments, or you could have fewer lights. It was so easy and from the 10′ roll you could probably get 4-5 trees of varying sizes. We ended up using lights that we already had and weren’t using, which puts our only real expense for the tree at the cost of the wire. Since we only used about 1/4 of the roll, the wire cost us less that $2. We played with the idea of putting a star on the top but decided against it.
The instructions are pretty simple. We cut and approximate 2′ square and then made it into a cone folding the raw edges of the wire in on itself to make it stay closed. We trimmed the wire at the base until it was level and able to stand. To string the lights we started by sticking the plug and excess wire that didn’t have lights into the center and running it through the bottom. We then just wound it up until that string ran out. We then put the other end of the wire into the inside and started the process over again until the tree was covered. This tree has about 300 lights on it.
The possibilities are really limited only by your imagination. If you make a tree like this, please let me know. I’d love to share the pictures here with others. If you have a blog, I’d love to link to it with your post about it.