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Coathanger Christmas Tree
6 coat hangers join together to form this beautiful Christmas
Ideal for adding a touch of Christmas to your room or giving as a
gift to a loved one.
6 wire coathangers
Lots of twist ties or string
1 string of Christmas lights (35-50 bulbs)
2 to 4 garlands (the thicker they are, the fewer you'll use)
Group the hangers into three pairs. Secure one corner of each
pair with a twist tie or piece of string. See Figure 1.
Working in your lap, take hanger pair A. and place them on
your left thigh with the hooks pointing toward your right leg and
the tied corner toward your knee. Take hanger pair B. and place
them on your right thigh with the hooks pointing toward your left
leg and the tied corner toward your knee. See Figure 2. Using
existing twist ties/string, tie the corners toward your knees
together. Arrange the hooks neck to neck and so both sets of hooks
are on top of the wires. Take a new twist tie/string and secure
the two hanger pairs together just above the hooks as shown in
Pick up hanger pair C. and, holding them with the hooks
pointing toward the floor, place the tied corner with the tied
corners of hanger pairs A. and B. Make sure the hooks on hanger
pair C. pass below the other two sets
of hooks and stick out on the floor side of the hangers. See
Figure 3. Using the existing twist ties/string, tie the three
corners together. Again using the existing twist tie/string in the
center down by the hooks, secure hanger pair C. to the other two.
At this point you should have three "legs" - one on your
left thigh, one on your right thigh and one up the middle of your
Spread the hanger pairs out until they look like a tripod and
place them on
the floor in front of your feet. (Or on a table in front of you.)
See Figure 4 for an overhead view. Pick up a twist tie/string and,
starting with the pair of hooks facing you, spread them apart.
Using the twist tie/string, secure the hook on your left to the
wire of the hanger to the left of the hook. Pick up another twist
tie/string and secure the hook on your right to the wire of the
hanger to the right of the hook. Turn you tripod so another pair
of hooks is facing you. Repeat the process for this pair and the
next pair. Securing all six hooks to all six wires ensures the
stability of the tree, prevents any wobbly legs and allows for
some pretty rough handling.
Pick up the string of lights. Place the first bulb up from the
plug at the top of the wire frame (where the star would go on a
real tree), letting
the cord dangle down along the middle of the frame. Secure the
bulb in place with a twist tie/string. Then secure the dangling
string to the base of the middle (near the hooks) so the plug will
always issue out from the center bottom of the tree. String the
lights around each hanger and/or wrap in circular fashion,
whichever works best for you. Secure here and there as needed with
twist ties/string to keep the light string in place. See Figure 5.
Pick up a garland and dangle about 3-5 inches of it down the
center of the tree frame. Secure it at the very top with a twist
tie/string. Secure the dangling end if you like things tidy. Wrap
the tree by going round and round until you've reached the bottom.
See Figure 6. Keep the garland wrapped tightly so you get no gaps
and it will stay nice and full. (Don't worry
about the lights not showing through just yet - we'll come back to
that.) If you run out of garland before you get to the bottom,
secure the end to the nearest wire and pick up the next one.
Secure its end in the same location where you left off with the
last one and then continue wrapping. Repeat this until you have
the entire frame wrapped down to the tips of the hangers. Secure
here and there with twist ties/string as you see fit. If you have
excess garland secure it to the frame where you judge it should
end, and - for now - let the excess dangle free. Now tip the tree
over on its side and poke any lightbulbs you see through the
garlands to the outside. When you've done that, stuff the excess
garland up the middle and secure it with twist ties/string so it
doesn't fall out.
Place your tree upright and decorate it. Plug it in and enjoy
NOTE: The lights do get warm, but not hot enough to be a
hazard. I have used these trees several years in a row and have
left them plugged in 8-10 hours at a time. Just follow normal
safety and unplug the tree when nobody's there!
by Sunni Bergeron of http://sunnisan.com