Coat Hanger Christmas Tree
Price of Item: $10.00
6 wire coat hangers from the drycleaner's (make sure that they are ALL the same size)
Lots of twist ties or string or zip-ties— FREE if you save twist ties from your bread!
1 string of Christmas lights (35-50 bulbs)
2 to 4 garlands (the thicker they are, the fewer you'll use)
Step 1. Group the hangers into three pairs. Secure one corner of each pair with a twist tie or piece of string. See Figure 1.
Step 2. Working in your lap, take hanger pair A. and place them on your left thigh with the hooks pointing toward your right leg and the tied corner toward your knee. Take hanger pair B. and place them on your right thigh with the hooks pointing toward your left leg and the tied corner toward your knee. See Figure 2.
Using existing twist ties/string, tie the corners toward your knees together. Arrange the hooks neck to neck and so both sets of hooks are on top of the wires. Take a new twist tie/string and secure the two hanger pairs together just above the hooks as shown in Figure 2.
Step 3. Pick up hanger pair C. and, holding them with the hooks pointing toward the floor, place the tied corner with the tied corners of hanger pairs A. and B. Make sure the hooks on hanger pair C. pass below the other two sets of hooks and stick out on the floor side of the hangers. See Figure 3. Using the existing twist ties/string, tie the three corners together. Again using the existing twist tie/string in the center down by the hooks, secure hanger pair C. to the other two. At this point you should have three "legs" - one on your left thigh, one on your right thigh and one up the middle of your torso.
Step 4. Spread the hanger pairs out until they look like a tripod and place them on the floor in front of your feet. (Or on a table in front of you.) See Figure 4 for an overhead view. Pick up a twist tie/string and, start-ing with the pair of hooks facing you, spread them apart. Using the twist tie/string, secure the hook on your left to the wire of the hanger to the left of the hook. Pick up another twist tie/string and secure the hook on your right to the wire of the hanger to the right of the hook. Turn you tripod so another pair of hooks is facing you. Repeat the process for this pair and the next pair. Securing all six hooks to all six wires ensures the stability of the tree, pre-vents any wobbly legs and allows for some pretty rough handling.
Step 5. Pick up the string of lights. Place the first bulb up from the plug at the top of the wire frame (where the star would go on a real tree), letting the cord dangle down along the middle of the frame. Secure the bulb in place with a twist tie/string. Then secure the dangling string to the base of the middle (near the hooks) so the plug will always issue out from the cen-ter bottom of the tree. String the lights around each hanger and/or wrap in circular fashion, whichever works best for you. Secure here and there as needed with twist ties/string to keep the light string in place. See Figure 5.
Where to Buy:
WAL*MART or any general merchandise store