Rus­tic hang­ing Christ­mas tree

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CHRISTMAS CRAFT -

WHAT YOU NEED

Rope Tree branch Hand­saw Fish­ing line

1 De­cide what size you would like your hang­ing tree to be. Take two lengths of rope (at de­sired height) and tie these to­gether. Leave enough length at the ends if you would like to give your rope frayed ends. 2 Lay the rope on the floor or a bench top (if your bench top is big enough to ac­com­mo­date the com­plete tree). Ap­ply a weight, such as a heavy book or stone, to the top of the tree to stop any move­ment when you tie the branches to each sec­tion of rope. 3 De­cide how many branch steps you would like to ap­ply to your tree – we ap­plied five (see pic­ture, right). 4 An­gle both pieces of rope away from the other to cre­ate a tree tri­an­gle. De­cide at which hor­i­zon­tal points you would like to ap­ply your branch steps and mea­sure the width of these points. Ap­ply these point mea­sure­ments to your branch and, us­ing a hand­saw, cut your branch to these lengths. Al­ter­na­tively, find nu­mer­ous branches that ac­com­mo­date your de­sired lengths. 5 Place branches hor­i­zon­tally across your rope tree and use fish­ing line to tie branches to rope. Once all points have been af­fixed, your rope tree is ready to hang from any point in your home – flat to a wall or sus­pended in the mid­dle of your en­try hall or lounge area. Dec­o­rate as de­sired.

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