How to Make Your Own Christmas Tree
You Will Need
Tree branches: The first thing you need to do is look out for the dead tree branches. If you live near a park or mountain then you will have no problem coming across these. The October winds usually cause some branches to be blown off. The two I used for my Christmas trees were part of one that was blown down by the bad weather.
Bucket or Plant Pot for the Base of the Tree: I bought the base for my trees at a cheap store and only cost one pound each. You can not go wrong with a price like that. It all depends how much you want to spend so look around the shops and decide. Make sure that the base is big enough to hold the tree branches but small enough to be in proportion with the finished Christmas tree.
- Medium-Sized Rocks and Stones: If you are lucky enough to live near a beach or the sea you can pick these up easily enough. If you live in the city then your local garden centre will have them quite cheaply.
- Quick Drying Cement: This can be bought in any hardware store in a small tub and is very cheap.
- Spray Paint: This can be bought in any hardware store. I chose both gold and silver because I was making two trees, one for myself and one for my mother.
- Christmas Decorations and Lights: This is up to you. I prefer the smaller lights which are battery operated. These give me more flexibility to where I can put my tree. The ornaments and decorations for the Christmas tree are also a matter of taste. You can spend as much or as little as you wish on them.
Step by Step Instructions
Spray Paint the Branches
The first thing you need to do is to spray paint the branches. This is best done outside. I did the first tree inside in the kitchen.
Even though I took precautions I still managed to make a lot of mess. There was spray paint on the door and the floor by the time I was finished!
I brought the second tree branches to the beach and did it there; it was so much easier and cleaner. You can also spray paint the branches in your garden if you have one.
It would be best to put down some protective plastic bags over the grass though. The paint dries within a couple of minutes.
Get the plant holder and stones ready. Mix the quick drying cement. The one I bought was one part cement to one part water. But read the instructions on your own cement.
Add some of the smaller stones to the bottom of the plant holder. Place the tree branch in the centre of the potholder and pour in half of the mixture.
Add some of the larger stones. This will give the pot weight and secure the branch in the centre. Add the remainder of the cement.
Make sure you leave enough of a gap at the top of the plant pot so you can put in the battery holder for the lights and some small decorations.
Leave the cement to dry. This only took a few hours to dry solid for me.
Add the Christmas Tree Lights
Make sure to you put the lights on the tree from the bottom up.
Place the battery box on top of the cement inside the plant pot and work up from there.
On the smaller tree I only used one set of lights.
On the larger tree I used two. They only cost £1 each so the expense was minimal
You are going to have some of the cement and the battery box showing at the base of the tree.
To hide these you should add some ornaments. I had a nice piece of silver material in my sewing box and this was perfect.
Then I added some small crackers and gifts box ornaments.
This covered up the unsightly cement and battery box and looked very Christmassy.
All that is left to do now is to add your decorations. These can be bought very cheaply or homemade by yourself or children.
One problem you may have is finding enough horizontal branches to rest your decorations on. This can be solved by swapping the string on the decorations with thin wire.
That way you can twist the wire around the branch and it will stay there.
As you can see from the photos of my homemade artificial Christmas tree, it turns out very well indeed. This tree is perfect for people who have a small apartment or for those who would like an extra tree in the hall or landing.
It can also be made with the children as a great way of getting them involved with the festive season. Once Christmas is over the tree can be put away and used next year.
If the kids helped with the making of the tree, then they will have lovely childhood memories when they grow up too.
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