How to Make a Wire Tree

Updated February 21, 2017

Wire trees are beautiful, inexpensive and elegant art projects that can be completed in the space of an hour. Making a wire tree is a great craft for children, and the trees themselves make great gifts or decoration. The materials used in making wire trees are inexpensive and safe for kids to use, although adult supervision is required for completing this project. Copper wire is a high-quality and durable material that is easy to use, and with proper care and placement, the wire tree you make will last for many years. The supplies needed for making a wire tree can be purchased at any craft or hardware store.

Cut several lengths of copper wire. Get a range of lengths and thicknesses of wire to make a more realistic-looking tree.

Twist eight to 10 strands of copper wire together to form the trunk of your tree. Leave 3 to 5 inches untwisted at one end so that the tree can be attached to your wood base.

Twist several sets of three to six strands of wire together to form branches for your tree. Vary the lengths and thicknesses of these strands to create realistic-looking branches.

Attach your branches to the trunk by inserting their ends into the trunk with a pair of needle-nosed pliers. Add glue for extra strength when placing the larger branches.

Wrap the extra strands of copper wire at the bottom of your tree around the wood base. Apply a small amount of glue to the bottom of the trunk in order to keep it firmly in place.

Paint cotton balls green and glue them to the branches of your tree to create a realistic canopy for your wire tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Copper wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Wood base
  • Glue
  • Paint (optional)
  • Cotton balls (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)
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About the Author

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.