Project Guide

How to Make a Holiday Branch Tree

1
PAINT THE URN
Paint urn - Make Holiday Branch Tree

Using a foam brush, paint the urn with metallic glaze paint and let dry.

2
PAINT THE PINECONES
Paint pinecones - Make Holiday Branch Tree

Paint pinecones with metallic glaze paint and let dry.

3
PRUNE THE BRANCHES
Prune branches - Make Holiday Branch Tree

Prune a branch or set of branches to fit in the urn.


Tip: It may be necessary to bundle a few branches together with wire to create a fuller tree.

4
CREATE A “FROG”
Create a “frog” - Make Holiday Branch Tree
  • Create a “frog” by folding in the corners of a 12 x 12-inch piece of chicken wire.
  • Roll the chicken wire into a loose ball.
5
SET FROG IN URN
Set frog urn - Make Holiday Branch Tree
  • Set frog in the center of urn.
  • Position the branches by inserting them into the frog.
  • Pour sand around the branch stems to secure them.
6
PREPARE WIRES
Prepare wires - Make Holiday Branch Tree
  • Cut a piece of cardboard to measure 2 inches.
  • Wrap 28-gauge wire around the cardboard about 25 times. With wire cutters, cut the wrapped wire off the cardboard at one edge.
  • The result should be 25 4-inch pieces.
  • Repeat to create additional ornament wires.
7
WIRE THE ORNAMENTS
Wire ornaments - Make Holiday Branch Tree
  • Fold the wire about ¾ inches up from one end and thread through the hanging loop of an ornament.
  • Twist wire to secure onto the ornament.
  • Repeat for each ornament.
8
DECORATE BRANCHES
Decorate branches - Make Holiday Branch Tree

Decorate branches with ornaments by wrapping ornament wires around branches.

9
PLACE PINECONES
Place pinecones - Make Holiday Branch Tree

Place painted pinecones on top of the sand to finish off the decorative urn.