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We've designed and created alternative Christmas trees for the last couple of years as we like the look and the creative challenge. We set out to create something new for Steph's house. I don't remember if Steph had an idea, but if she did, I ignored it and lobbied for MY idea.
A few years ago I saw a basic wood tree in a mall window display. It had shelves for merchandise but it was basically a tall skinny wood triangle. We decided to create our own version of the display tree.
Ours would have no shelves and would be supported by a concrete base. I really liked the concrete bases we made for Steph's nightstand and thought it would be a great idea to hold the tree up. Also, we designed the tree so that it could easily be taken apart for storage.
Take a look at how it all came together!
To create our concrete base we found a plastic bowl the size and shape we wanted. (This happens to be a disposable deli bowl. We placed it into a more rigid, stable bowl to keep the sides from distorting or moving.) We hot glued a metal pipe cap into the center of the bottom of the bowl. In the final assembly, a short piece of pipe will be screwed into this pipe cap, the bottom of the tree will be placed over the pipe and all screwed down nice and tight with another pipe cap.
Two different types of lights were wound around the tree. The larger lights are App lights from The Home Depot. They are controllable via an app. We also used two strands of plug-in fairy lights. The App lights went on first and then fairy lights followed the same pattern as the App lights. We finished with about 25 clear plastic balls and topped the tree with a star.
* The star is made from a copper color aluminum sheet by M-D building Products.
I did a google search to look for a star pattern to use.
I traced the design onto the metal sheet. I enlarged the graphic so it was about 10” wide. I cut it with regular tin snips.
To make the center design I used a flat head screwdriver and a hammer. In the graphic above, the dotted lines were hammered from the front side to create “valleys” and the solid lines were hammered from the reverse side to create “hills.” That’s what gives the star it’s dimensional look.
We've said it before, but it is such a cool feeling to have an idea and then to see it become a reality. I had sketched a rough idea of this tree and then forgot about the drawing until we were finished. The finished tree came together as envisioned in my very primitive drawing!
We like the simplicity of this tree and the features that make it collapsible and easy to store. The App lights are great as the color scheme can be changed with the touch of a button!
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7/6/2019 10:23:36 pm
Am trying to tackle making concrete base. How long do you leave the concrete in the mold before you invert it and take the mold off?
7/7/2019 08:17:00 am
24 hours. Good luck with the project!
3/21/2020 03:44:19 pm
Is there a pic of the final placement of the hinge on the top?
8/26/2020 03:33:11 pm
Hello, Im going to make this with my daughter. great idea, when you put the cap in the bowl when you glued the cap to the bowl did you cut a small hole for the cap? 3-2x4x6? what is MD metal in the supply list
8/28/2020 07:10:54 am
Hi Louis! We didn’t cut a hole, just hot glued the cap right to the bottom of the bowl. The MD metal is for the metal star we added to the top of the tree.
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