This gorgeous floating Christmas tree was made by Aneesah Haywood-Napier (there she is smiling below!) This is one of my favorite ideas ever...so frugal and crafty! She was so lovely to share with us how to make it even with a video at the bottom of this post.
What you will need:
- Large piece of cardboard
- A long piece of string
- Spray Paint Needle or small tool to puncture holes
- Ceiling hook
- Fishing line
- Hot Glue Gun Glue Sticks
On a large piece of cardboard measure to find the center of your board. From the center point, going outward, mark every 2 inches until you have 10 marked points This will be a guide for 10 two inch wide rings. (Each ring should be smaller than the fist but still 2 inches in width) To make your circles, tie a piece of string onto a pencil. Hold the string firmly at the center point of your board. Using your marks as starting points, begin drawing your circles. There should be NO slack between your pencil and string. It should be held taught from each starting mark to the center point of the board. ( D.i.y. protractor) Once your circles are complete, cut them out. Use spray paint to color your rings. Be sure to paint front and back of each ring. Let the rings dry completely. Each ring will need to be marked in eight spots, these spots will be the holes for threading your fishing line. For a clean look these marks need to line up. The best way to do this is to place the rings flat on the floor inside one another and make your marks on each ring in a straight line. Once all the rings are marked use a needle or a very small tool to puncture the holes.
Cut eight strings of fishing line. The strings should be long enough to reach from your ceiling to the floor. Tie all eight lines together by making a small loop on one end. Fishing line is somewhat hard to tie so, to reenforce the knot I covered the knot in hot glue.
Screw your hook into the ceiling. Then place the loop of your fishing lines onto the hook. Begin threading the rings onto the lines starting with the smallest ring. Use hot glue at each threading hole to hold the rings in place. After you thread the last ring cut off any excess line.
Attach your ornaments by puncturing small holes into the rings. Using fishing line, thread the ornaments through the holes and tie multiple knots onto one another to make the knot too large to fall through the hole. You can also add hot glue to the knot to keep it from falling off. To add lights, start at the very top ring and work your way down. I tapped the lights to the cardboard rings in some areas to make sure they would remain in place.
Lastly, hang your tree topper from the hook in the ceiling to hang directly above the first ring.
For ooohs and aaahhs place a light under the tree to cast a beautiful spiral onto your ceiling.
Here's her Floating Christmas Tree Video Tutorial: