The holidays are just around the corner and we’re excited to decorate our homes with festive lights and seasonal ornaments. Some of us already have a Christmas tree at home, but this DIY project is something you probably haven’t seen in anyone’s yard yet. If you have some chicken wire laying around unused, this is the perfect time to create something memorable! Guaranteed, you will have the most unique addition to your Christmas display. This chicken wire Christmas tree is the perfect way to brighten up any porch and bring holiday cheer!
Chicken Wire Christmas Tree Craft Project
The idea for this adorable tutorial on how to make a Christmas tree out of chicken wire was shared with me by WireFence.co. This will go great with your other rustic Christmas decorations. It is a great DIY outdoor Christmas decoration.
Supplies you’ll need:
- Chicken Wire (120cm x 150cm)
- 6 Green Steel Plant Stakes (35.5 in long each)
- Christmas Snowflake String Lights, 20 Ft (affiliate Amazon link below)
- Tying Wire (8 ft long)
- Lacing Wire
- Green Spray Paint
- Tools (Pliers, Wire Cutters, Protective Gloves)
How To Make A Christmas Tree Out Of Chicken Wire
Create the conical shape of the tree
First, make the two hoops that are needed to create the cone shape of the tree.
Do this by cutting an approximately 60 inch long piece and a 40 inch long piece of tying wire for the top and bottom hoops, respectively.
Then, bend each tying wire into the shape of a hoop with a few inches of overlap.
Secure the hoops into place by tying the overlap shut with thin lacing wire.
Tie the bigger hoop at a 8 inch distance from the bottom of the first stake with the lacing wire.
Place the smaller hoop onto the same stake at 15 inches from the top and secure it with the lacing wire.
Next, place a second stake on the opposite side and tie it to both hoops at equal distances.
Repeat the same steps of adding the remaining stakes at even distances and securing to both hoops. Make sure to always place opposite stakes.
Use the thin lacing wire to tie the top of the stakes together in order to give stability to the structure. Just wrap the lacing wire around the plant stakes to hold them in place.
Adding the chicken wire
Roll out a length of chicken wire flat on the work surface. Then lay the cone shaped structure on it and wrap the mesh around it. Use a permanent black marker to mark the chicken wire or make note of the measurements needed to wrap the structure completely. This will be about approximately 50×60 inches.
Cut chicken wire with wire cutters or tin snips.
Use the lacing wire to secure the chicken wire mesh to the frame making sure it stays tightly stretched over the steel stakes as you go.
After the chicken wire has been secured to each stake, you can cut any excess chicken wire off the bottom of the structure.
In order to achieve a precise cut, you can use a ruler with a straight edge to guide you.
Give the structure an even coat of green spray paint to imitate a real pine tree. Let it dry for an hour. This step is optional because you can’t really see it that well at night but it makes it better for the daytime viewing!
Decorating The Chicken Wire Xmas Tree
Wrap the strand of Christmas lights around your structure. Start with the end of the lights without the plug at the top and make your way down in spirals. The lights themselves may work with the mesh to stay in place. If not, use some lacing wire to secure the lights every now and then.
Your chicken wire Xmas tree should now be ready so you can plug the lights in.
I hope you enjoy having your very own chicken wire Christmas tree. Put on some Christmas music and get those holiday spirits flowing! I’d love to see how yours came out! Share it with me on social media @familyfocusblog!