Some how, we never got around to putting up our Christmas tree this year. Perhaps it’s the ongoing kitchen update and basement remodel but I wanted to add a few Christmassy touches to the place. You may have seen the faux snow soup can centerpiece, but I still wanted something that I could add lights to. Something in the Christmas tree family without the full fledged Christmas tree commitment, know what I mean?
As some of you may know, I do enjoy a good lampshade or lighting project. I suppose as a lighted trio this might even qualify as the December lighting project.
Believe it or not I cut and mounted all three trees in little over an hour…
More time was spent on painting and eventually adding a string of lights to. 1″ chicken wire, or chicken fence as many of you may call it, is actually quite easy to bend and shape into place. Check out these other chicken wire projects if you really want to see what I’m talking about.
How to make a chicken wire Christmas tree trio:
- 1″ chicken wire/ fence
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- Garden gloves or a pair of safety type gloves
- 1 Used cork bulletin board or piece of wood approximately the same size
- Staple gun and staples
- Craft paint
- A few craft sponge brushes
- Several strands of string 5″ long
- Fake snow
- Strand of Christmas lights
I unrolled the chicken wire and placed some weighted objects on each side to hold it down, and then starting at one of the sides, I made a diagonal cut to the other side. I moved the wire cutter down about 4 inches and made a second diagonal cut going the opposite direction, to form a triangle of sorts, for my first tree.
For the second tree and third tree, I repeated the same process, but I trimmed off a few inches from the top part of the triangle on each piece to make each tree a different height.
Next I rolled the chicken wire to form a tree shape and tied off the tree form in a few spots with the string. I repeated this step with each tree.
Using the needle nose pliers, I tucked or bent the jagged edges of the chicken wire inward toward the inside of the tree.
Using the staple gun, I stapled the bottoms of the trees onto the cork bulletin board. The chicken wire bent out of place several time, but because it’s rather easy to bend and ply, I was able to finally bend and form the trees to my liking. I also cut off the string, as I no longer needed it to hold the trees together.
I then painted the trees a dark brown using craft paint mixed with a touch of baking soda mixed in. I was able to insert the craft brush inside the trees to paint the cork board underneath the trees, so that no drips from the “dark brown tree” paint color would show.
Now my trio of mounted and lighted chicken wire trio of Christmas trees sits atop an Ikea tower in my yet-to-be-finished kitchen and in all honesty, I’m really quite pleased for the moment and the season.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to everyone !! ~ Amy