We don't have a lot of space in the basement family room, so a tree that takes up next to no floor space is just the thing.
We took the dogs tromping through Vivian Forest on Saturday to find fallen tree branches. We were looking for one fairly straight, at least 3 feet long, and in graduating diameters. I took one of those huge IKEA bags to carry them all in (plus some gorgeous greenery) and had it slung over my shoulder like a quiver. Yes, Tom made me carry the whole thing. But he picks up the dog poop, so I guess it's a fair trade off.
Once home, we cut the branches down to the correct lengths and then drilled a small hole through the midpoint of each one. I planned to string twine down through the centre of each one and hang it all together. You could attach each branch individually to the wall, but I thought that was going to end up being a lot of nail holes so I went with the twine..
I then put as many of the branches in the oven as would fit, and baked them at 200 degrees to make sure no bugs would make an appearance later. I learned from the fall acorns and never want to experience that again.
Using a large darning needle I pulled about 5 feet of twine through the hole in the first branch and tied a knot under the branch to hold it in place. I then pulled the needle and twine through the next branch, made sure there was about a 4 inch gap between the two branches and tied a knot under the second one. I then continued on until all of the branches were strung.
The whole thing weighs at least 20 pounds so we used a "biter" picture-hanging hook to hang it from the wall. I used a left over piece of the last branch as a tree stump, wrapped the remaining twine around it, and wedged it between the lowest branch and the floor.
We used double-sided tape in strategic spots to keep the branches level on the wall, and zigzagged a string of 100 mini-lights back and forth down the tree, hooking them over the ends of the branches (and using staples a couple of times to hold them in place).
The double-sided tape isn't very strong so I had to use the lightest ornaments we had and just a few of them at that. I settled on the drums (a personal favourite) and violins that we've had for years.
We have next to no natural light in the basement, so the pictures aren't as clear as I'd like, but isn't a hazy glow from the tree kind of nice anyway?
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