Wire Tree DIY

Written by miranda brumbaugh
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Wire Tree DIY
Wire trees with round beads resemble Christmas trees. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Find some wire to bend your way to a work of art. Make miniature sculptures to adorn your tabletop or form a tree as tall and wide as you want to make it. Determine the colour of your tree according to what wire you select, such as copper, colour-coated or silver. Embellish your tree limbs with large glass beads along the tips for a holiday tree or hot-glue small woodland creatures scampering through the tree limbs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 0.5mm wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Assorted seed beads

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  1. 1

    Determine the colour of your tree according to what wire you select, such as copper, colour-coated or aluminium. Use 0.5mm wire that is flexible for bending by hand but strong enough to hold its shape.

  2. 2

    Decide how tall you want your final tree. Multiply the height in centimetres by 2.5 to determine how long you want to cut the individual wire strands. Cut the wire with a pair of wire cutters into 12 strands that are 75cm long for this project.

  3. 3

    Gather all of the pieces of wire so the ends are even. Bend the bunch of wires in the centre. Decide how long you want your tree trunk and roots; the roots serve as a base to hold your tree upright. Twist all the wires in a clockwise direction three times at the top of where the trunk is to start, leaving you with an open loop in the boot section. Continue twisting the trunk down until you reach the point where you want the roots to develop.

  4. 4

    Divide the wire loops in four groups with each containing three loops to form the roots. Twist each section of loops two to five times varying with the length of the root. Separate the twisted sections and twist each loop around itself until you end with a small round loop at the end. Leave these loops intact for a sturdy base or cut the wires apart in unequal lengths so that you have two root tips for a more realistic appearance.

  5. 5

    Divide the 12 strands of wire at the top of the tree into four groups of three wires; for each section, do not pull the wires together that are closest in the group, but from all around the tree. Take a group of wires and twist them around until you reach the length you want for that limb.

  6. 6

    Bend the individual wires into separate directions. String six to 10 assorted colours of seed beads, such as red, yellow or orange beads as apples, lemons or oranges, or pink and white beads as cherry blossoms along the ends of the wire. Form a loop with the beaded wire and twist the end of the wire around itself to secure the beads. Continue twisting the other three loops and adding beads to loops on the tips.

  7. 7

    To add additional branches, cut strands of wire 75cm long and fold in half. Twist each additional branch wire along the trunk starting at the base so you end up with the looped end with the rest of the limbs. Twist the looped wire around itself to form the limb at the length you want it. Cut the loop apart so you have two ends of varying lengths. Thread seed beads to the wire ends and twist into a loop as with the other branches.

Tips and warnings

  • Use two or more colours of wire, such as brown, grey and white, for a multicoloured tree.
  • Use caution when working with the wire so you do not poke yourself with the ends.

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