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Oct202011

how to: create a string lights tree

Supplies:
indoor string lights
lightweight ornaments
pencil and painter’s tape
hanging hardware, we used about 9 nails

Directions:
1. Using a pencil and painter’s tape as needed, mark out a tall triangle for the position of the tree, and a rectangle for the tree base.

2. Secure hanging hardware for the light strands—we used one nail at the top, a row of 6 along the bottom, and 2 for the base.

3. Test the light strand then weave it around the hardware—the simpler the better.

4. Hang a mix of lightweight ornaments on light sockets—or with ornament hooks—as desired.

hints:
1. Use the longest strand of lights available to avoid a bulky plug connection—also, avoid direct contact between the light bulbs and paper ornaments.
2. Use hanging hardware best suited for your wall—for best advice, check with your local hardware store.
3. Start a few inches off the floor—safely away from low objects or carpeting.

Thanks to marcus, prop stylist on this CB2 catalog shoot.

file under: DIY, alternative tree

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Reader Comments (4)

This looks cool - I bet it would work with some of the 3M removable hooks - or the ones they have specifically for hanging lights too. I think I'm going to try it.

October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I did this about 15 - 20 years ago, but ran the lights zig-zag across the the tree shape, much the way one would string lights on an actual tree. It looks better and it allows for easier hanging of ornaments.

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershaun fletcher

I just did this in my studio apartment, it looks great and has a feel of the holidays without taking up space! It looks really cute! I put some plastic glittery balls on mine, it really makes it fun!

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I wanted to try an alternative tree approach this year since our house is not big and with a 13 month-old running around I needed a tree that he couldn't pull over! I just did this on our dining room wall and love it. I ordered pretty much the same ornaments shown on the CB2 tree with a few our own. Perfect for the city dwellers who want a clean, modern look.

December 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteraddie

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