Hello, friends. I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend. We ran a few errands and I worked on figuring out how to make chicken wire Christmas trees. Yeah, I know, my mind goes in strange directions. But it turned out pretty cute, don’t you think? And I already had the supplies on hand to make it. Yeah!
- Chicken wire
- Tin snips
- Needle nose pliers
- Paper for making a pattern (optional)
- Base for tree
Chicken wire is not the friendliest medium to work with- it likes to bite. So, I wanted to minimize my interaction with it. Rather than twisting and rolling and eyeballing it, I googled how to make a cone pattern, did the math for the diameter of base I wanted, and created a pattern. If you don’t need a particular diameter base, you can cut whatever size pie wedge looks good to you.
I laid the pattern over the chicken wire and snipped along the edges with the tin snips.
TIP: Use one straight edge of the chicken wire for one of the straight edges on the pattern. This will give you a nice smooth, non-prickly edge on which to attach the other side.
Roll the wire into a cone shape, make sure the bottom edge is level, then use the needle nose pliers to wrap the wires around each other. You can see here how much easier it is to have that straight edge along one side. (I stuffed the paper pattern inside to make it easier for you to see the wire.)
Here is the first one I made with a pattern, along with a mini tree that I just eyeballed from a leftover scrap of chicken wire. I haven’t decided on a base for them yet.
I had to use a pattern for the last one in order to get just the right size base to fit inside this galvanized tub.
I stuffed some crumpled paper in the bottom of the tub to raise the height of the tree a bit and topped it with a white napkin. The “give” of the paper also allowed me to adjust the tree to level it. Florist foam would probably work better, but I didn’t want to buy anything for this little project. Miniature “presents” decorate the inside of the tree form. Confession: I wrapped a sanding sponge and a few wood scraps for the presents. Shh, don’t tell anyone.
Plum and silver ornaments hang on the chicken wire and help to define the shape. A ribbon and bow around the galvanized tub continues the mix of rustic and shiny.
I still need to figure out a tree topper for it. Any suggestions? I’m thinking this would make a fun Christmas card display, too. Or use it for a Christmas dessert cover? A money tree would be a welcome gift for anyone. Any other ideas?