Christmas Tree Tools
To begin with, you'll need a few items and a few basic tools to erect your new Christmas Tree. Tools needed are 1) a hand drill-motor and a 9/64 drill bit, to drill the holes for the wire branches. 2) A side cutter to cut the wire branches and to bend the wire ends to fit into the Christmas Tree trunk base and into the cans.
Christmas Tree Materials
First off, almost any Christmas tree stand will work. Depending on the height of your tree, you'll also need at least a 2, or 3 inch diameter length of PVC pipe. PVC piping is relatively inexpensive and available at most hardware stores in any length.
Probably the most expensive investment, other than the six or more exhausted cases of Mountain Dew cans, will be the wire that serve as your Christmas Tree branches.
Check your local hardware store for availability. You'll
want at least a 1/8 inch diameter wire- (about the diameter of a wire
coat hanger) one that's flexible enough to
hold an empty soda can and provide a little bend and flexibility.
Christmas Tree Assembly
Begin with the wire branches. Cut the first bottom row wire branches to size. Using your side cutter tool- on one end of the wire, bend one end, one inch at a 90 degree angle for placement in the truck or PVC pipe, and bend the other end at 45 degrees to accommodate the soda can.
Now, depending on the size of your tree circumference, cut enough branches from wire to complete a bottom row of approximately 24 branches.
Next, starting at the bottom of your Christmas Tree trunk, and using your drill motor equipped with a 9/64 drill bit, drill a hole in the PCV at your selected height above the Christmas Tree stand for the first row of branches. For best uniformity and display, ( fig 3 not show in the example) make sure to stagger the branch holes drilled into the base.
For example, drill the second hole up a 1/8 inch and over by a 1/8 inch. For best results and not shown in the photographs, you will be actually drilling two rows of holes to complete one circumference of branches rather than one row all around the tree trunk PCV.
Now, insert the 90 degree bend of the branch into the tree trunk. You can now easily adjust the position of the branch. On the other 45 degree end, place your Mountain Dew can into the spout opening. Or for more stability, you can drill a hole into the can as well. Adjust branch to fit and continue with the remaining row of branches.
The second row/s of branches should be prepared as the first, though you will have to shorten (cut) wire branches to obtain the tapper of the tree. The second row of branches will be inserted approximately four inches above the first row of branches. Follow suit for the remain branches as you taper your tree towards the top.
Christmas Tree Building Tips
1.) Mountain Dew cans, because of their primary colors green and red, make a perfect choice for Christmas holiday color display. However, you can select any type of soda or beer can for your Christmas Tree.
2.) If you don't drink Mountain Dew, or soft drinks for that matter, ask your friends and family to save them for you. But be sure to take them off their hands in a timely manner, otherwise you may come up short when it's time to build your Christmas Tree. Nobody likes to keep a heap pile of old soda cans hanging around.
3.) Keep your Christmas Tree Green and clean. Make sure to rinse out your collection of cans as you acquire them- there's nothing worse than working with a pile of sticky cans when the assembling begins.
4.) Make sure your drill bit size will accommodate your branch wire securely. You don't want a lot of play when inserting your branch wire into the trunk. A good rule of thumb is to have a 1/8 diameter wire and 9/64 drill bit size for holes made into your Christmas Tree trunk.
5.) If you are going to place Christmas presents or items under the Christmas Tree, make enough clearance by building your first row of branches, well above the Christmas Tree stand.
6.) Besides the creativity of it all, this Christmas Tree is fire proof- a great selling point to build one if your spouse or room mate is in opposition to the idea.
Benefits of Building Your Own Christmas Tree
1.) You're Green! Recycling soda or beer cans for good use shows you are a concerned citizen about renewable resources and preserving the planet.
2.) Building your own Christmas Tree shows you have an exceptional attribute for creativity, design, talent and craftsmanship.
3.) Building your own Christmas Tree reveals that you have a deeper sense and awareness of the sprit of Christmas than most people have.
You are a fray above all the rest. Instead of traditional Christmas mentality, you take the lead and a giant step thinking outside the holiday sphere of boredom.
4.) Your Christmas Tree is Fire Proof. No need to worry about sparks igniting this Christmas Tree and destroying your house during the holidays.
5.) A great conversation piece. People will be amazed and wish in awe that they had their own "Build your own Christmas Tree". Your friends and family will be taking about your Christmas Tree all year long.
6.) You are doing your part saving valuable natural resources. This Christmas Tree design uses minimal energy, yet supplies optimum brilliance and illumination like no other Christmas Tree ever could.
Build Your Own Christmas Tree Resources, Links & Articles of Interest
Decorate your "Make your own Christmas Tree" with Christmas Tree lights and ornaments and you're good to go.
Redneck Christmas Tree
The reason for this web page
I simply love the tree! The idea for the Make Your Own Christmas Tree web page was one day spawned by the delivery of an e-mail from a friend in my email inbox. The subject was, "A Redneck Christmas Tree". This Christmas Tree work of art my friends, was not created by a redneck.
The other reason was... the e-mail came without instructions on how to build it. So I decided to write the instructions on how I, through the help of the pictures, would build the Christmas Tree. I added a few changes in the content that isn't shown in the pictures of the unknown creator. If you have any significant information to offer me, by all means let me know. And please, rednecks and yoopers? Don't write me about redneck comments I made... I won't answer them, so why type for nothing?