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How to Make a Silk Tree

Design on a Dime design coordinator Spencer Anderson shares how to make a contemporary Christmas out of copper pipe, foam insulation and silk fabric.

Materials:

1/2" copper tubing
foam insulation tube
1/2" batting
fabric: dupioni silk and brown chiffon
ribbon
hot glue
super-strength fishing line

Steps:

  1. Using a chop saw, make cuts halfway through the copper tubing, one inch apart (figure A).

  2. Bend the tube into a circle, and, using a copper connector piece, attach the two ends together. Make a total of four rings, each one progressively larger than the next.

  3. Attach foam insulation tube around each copper circle (figure B). (The foam tube comes with a precut slit.)

  4. Use painter's tape to add batting around the foam. This will give the rings more volume.
  5. Glue dupioni silk fabric onto the circles making sure that the fabric is evenly bunched.
  6. Cut the brown chiffon into 18-inch wide strips and glue it to the interior of each ring.
  7. Attach the circles together with fishing line.
  8. Attach icicle lights to the interior with hot glue and more fishing line.
  9. Secure to the ceiling with a hook.
  10. Decorate the "tree" with ball ornaments and ribbon in coordinating colors.

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