An Easter tree made with painted wire branches is surprisingly bright and springy. Hang painted wooden eggs and tiny bunnies and chicks, or make a count-down-to-Easter project with numbered wooden shapes painted in pastel colours. However you decide to use it, a simple wire tree is a versatile and cute Easter decoration.
Pack florist's foam into the bottom of a 6-inch terra-cotta pot or metal can.
Untwist five wire hangers, and straighten them into long pieces. Unwind the top with pliers. Cut each hanger roughly in half, although the pieces should vary in size somewhat for a more pleasing, treelike effect. Curve and bend the wires with pliers to make branch shapes.
Press the straight ends of the wires into the florist's foam. Place the wires close together, but don't worry if they fall away from each other -- you'll tie them together with ribbon later. Press some deeper into the foam than others to vary the heights as desired.
Unwind the last hanger, and cut it into 3-inch pieces. Twist these around the ends of the branches to make them fuller and to provide extra hanging spaces. Add a seventh hanger if you want even more small branches.
Spray paint the container, foam and wires white. Allow it to dry completely. Tie ribbon around the middle of the "tree trunk" to hold the wires together. Decorate the container as desired, and hang small ornaments from the branches.
Things you need
- 6-inch terra-cotta pot or metal can
- Florist's foam
- 6 wire hangers
- Wire cutters
- Spray paint