DIY Spring Décor : How to Make an Easter Tree
A nice way to decorate for Easter is by displaying an Easter tree. An Easter tree is a small ornamental tree for hanging small Easter-themed ornaments on. You can hang Easter eggs, bunnies, flowers, or whatever you like on it. I lost my Easter tree in a move a few years ago, so instead of spending money to buy a new one, I decided I wanted to make one instead. Off to the store I went to buy some wire, and I already had a base, which used to be the base of a small Christmas tree. It is a decorative pot, and I thought the shape of it was perfect.
As I got started making the tree, I felt a little intimidated because I have never attempted to make a wire tree. It seemed as if it would be difficult to do, but it was actually pretty easy once I got started and the end product turned out even better than I thought it would. I decided this would make a nice tutorial. So here we go!
- 22 or 18 gauge wire stems 18 inches long
- Wire cutters
- Pot or similar for the base of the tree
- Large round marker or dowel rod
- Hot glue
- Easter grass or paper shred
- Spray paint—white, pink or whatever color(s) you choose
- Small Easter ornaments to decorate your tree
Gather 12 wire stems and line them all up evenly. Go up from the bottom about 7 inches and start twisting all the bottom wires together. If you slightly bend the upper part of the wires outward, it makes it a little easier. Once you have the bottom part of the wires twisted firmly together, start grouping the upper wires in twos and bend them out in all different ways. The piece should look funky with wires jutting out in all directions. Now start with each set of two and start twisting them together. Twist them together loosely, but not too loose, for about 2 to 3 inches; then spread each of them out after they have all been twisted.
Now take a large round marker, like a sharpie paint marker or something similar, and wrap the remaining wire around it. This will give your branches that cute spiral look. Once you have curled all of your wires, it's time to add another level of branches. Divide the wires you have left into groups of two.
This is where it may get tricky for me to explain. What we are about to do is make the tree a little bit taller, and this will help it to look more filled out, too. Take the end of two of the wires and go to the very top of where you twisted all the wires earlier. Twist about the last few inches around that uppermost part of the 'trunk' (see pic #8 below). Twist it enough that it is secured onto the tree. Now start twisting those two wires together (just like the wires before). Twist them for a few inches or a little more if you want—keep in mind while you are twisting that you are doing this to try to add some height to the tree. Now do the same thing with the rest of the wires you have left. In groups of two, twist them around the trunk and then twist them together to add some height.
Once you have them all finished, you should have a cute tree with funky wires jutting out from around the top. Take the marker or round stick again and curl the ends around it. Once you have all the ends wrapped, you are done! Now, just adjust and shape your tree how you like it.
Now that the wire tree is done, you may want to spray paint it a pretty color like white or pink, or you could just leave it silver if you want.
Once you have the tree the color you want, it's time to put it on its base. Take your pot or base and glue Styrofoam inside it. Once the glue is dry, take the tree a push it firmly down into the Styrofoam. Make sure it's firmly planted. You may need to add some glue to the bottom of the tree before pushing into the Styrofoam, just to make sure it's firmly in place.
Take the Easter grass or paper shred and place it on top of the Styrofoam and around the bottom of the tree so that it covers everything. You may want to add a ribbon or raffia bow around the tree trunk, or embellish the base or pot that it's sitting in. Your Easter tree is done now and just waiting to be decorated with Easter tree ornaments!
Thank you for dropping in to read my tutorial about how to make an Easter tree. It was actually very easy to do, and it was fairly inexpensive, too. It cost me about $8.00 total. I already had the base for it which already had Styrofoam in it. It was $4.00 for the wire (2 packs at $1.99 each) and $3.74 for the pink spray paint that I painted the base with.
© 2012 Jamie Brock