Most people have an overabundance of wire clothes hangers. Whether they've been collected from the dry cleaners, from stores or have just shown up in your closest, chances are you have more than you need to hang clothes and are looking for something else to do with them. Before you head to the dustbin, consider turning those wire clothes hangers into Christmas decorations. With some lights, garland and a little bit of muscle, you can turn those extra wire hangers into Christmas trees.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 6 wire clothes hangers
- String or twist ties
- String of small Christmas lights with 35 to 50 bulbs
- 4 garlands
- Small Christmas tree ornaments
Arrange the six wire hangers into three groups of two. In each pair, the hooks on both hangers should be placed together.
Tie a piece of string tightly around one corner of each pair of hangers. You can also use a twist tie to connect the hangers. Be sure to tie the same corner in each pair.
Place one pair of hangers on your left thigh with the hooks pointed toward your right leg. Place another pair of hangers on your right thigh with the hooks pointed toward your left leg. The tied corners of each pair should be facing your knees.
Tie the corners that were already tied with another piece of string. Make sure the knot is tight.
Push the hooks on each hanger upward so that they are overlapping the wire hanger. Tie another piece of string around both pairs of hangers just above the area where you pushed the hooks.
Place the additional pair of hangers hook- side down with the tied corner next to the tied section of the other two pairs of hangers. Make sure the hooks on the last pair of hangers go through the area where you pushed up the other hooks. The additional hooks should hang down to the floor.
Tie the third pair of hangers to the other hangers with string in the same location where you joined the other pairs.
Spread the hangers out on a table or other work space so it looks like a tripod. Each hanger pair should function as a set of legs. Pull out the hooks so they lay on the table between the hanger legs. The hooks will function as additional support.
Wrap the string of lights around the tree frame, starting at the top. Insert the top light in the small space between the hanger pairs and wrap it around the tree, making sure the plug is at the base of the frame. Secure the lights to the hangers with string every three inches.
Drop three inches of the garland down the centre of the tree frame and secure it to the top of the tree with string. Begin wrapping the garland around the tree tightly. Once you run out of garland, attach another strand to the end of strand you have been wrapping with string. Continue wrapping the garland to the bottom of the tree.
Turn the tree over and push any lights you can see through the garland. Tuck the remaining garland into the inside of the tree frame and turn the tree right-side-up again. Plug the tree in and decorate it, if you desire.
Tips and warnings
- You can use whatever colour of garland you want. Green garland would create a traditional Christmas tree, but white, red or gold could also create a decorative Christmas tree.
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