Sunday, 15 December 2013

A Special Christmas Tree

Last weekend we were staying with our friend Chloe, and she had a very special plan for our time. Last Christmas they had made a tree with a difference and now it needed "one-upping". Since this year her husband was away with work Joe and I stepped in to help with the creativity - something we were very happy to do as I'm sure you'd have guessed. We decided to try and make a bauble tree like this one.

The first stages of this turned out to be very fiddly. Attaching small hooks to each of the baubles turned out to be tricky enough, but cutting lengths of fishing line and using the crimp beads to form a loop at either end (while making sure it was the right length of course) took a lot of concentration. It didn't help that the crimp beads weren't gripping the line very well so we ended up doubling it up to provide a bit more friction. It took the three of us several hours to get all the baubles on strings!







As we completed each piece of line we connected it to a bauble and hung it from Chloe's airer to try and maintain some sense of order. They were all desperate to get tangled, but we were very firm that this was not what we wanted!


After using more of the fishing line to suspend a rack from a couple of picture hooks it was time to start assembling the tree. We'd followed the lengths of line from our model blogpost and so just gradually worked our way through them while trying to get the right balance and positioning.


Finally, we added an angel.... Because all trees need something to top them off.



14 comments:

  1. The end result is awesome. Very cool surprise for when I got home. Thanks for your help (and providing company for Chloe for a few days)!

    Now we just need to find a sane way to store it for next year :)

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  2. definitelynotchloe16 December 2013 at 10:01

    I think the three of you must be super-clever and talented.

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    1. Thanks "notchloe" for that completely impartial assessment of our talents :D

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  3. It looks fabulous. A lot of work but worth it for the end result.

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    1. It was good fun to do - but I don't know I'd be rushing to make another in the near future!

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  4. That's fantastic! I don't think I'd have the patience. Very well done.

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    1. I'm glad you like it. It was a little trying at times, but the end result really does look great.

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  5. Absolutely brilliant. I really love it, certainly different.xxx

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    1. Thanks, I've wanted to make one of these for a few years so was very glad when Chloe suggested it.

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