Tall Burlap Tree

tall burlap tree

I have a love-hate relationship with this tall burlap tree.  I wish I had a video of me cutting the chicken wire and forming the cone shape.  You'll have to picture me sprawled on the floor, "fancy" words flying, as I try to keep the roll of wire from flying back at me.  I had scratches on my arms and legs and got poked several times.  For all of those reasons, I'm just going to say that you should wear long pants, gloves and safety glasses if you attempt this project.  Also be sure you have paper down so your hot glue doesn't drip all over your work surface.

I'm sorry I don't have a pattern for forming the cone.  I just cut a rectangle and fought it into the shape I needed and secured it with small pieces of wire.  If you have any long overlapping flaps, you'll want to cut those off.  Before beginning to assemble the rest, try to fold sharp wires under so you don't poke yourself later on. :) 

I used wide burlap ribbon for my tree, but about half way through, I realized that burlap by the yard and a rotary cutter would have been my best friends.  If I had it to do over again, I would have cut all of the squares in advance with a rotary cutter and then started the glueing.  This would have saved a ton of time and a little bit of money.

Once you have all of your squares cut, 5 x 5 works best, you'll take one square and  pinch all four corners together, squirt some hot glue on the ends and shove the ends into the first hole in the chicken wire about one inch.  The glue is hot so don't touch it.  I kept a long wooden stick handy in case I needed it to help the burlap into the hole in the chicken wire.   Again, don't touch the glue or you might start using "fancy" words, too.  After you get a few rows in place, you can go back through with your glue gun and poke it into a few places that are loose or reach inside the cone and add a little where it's needed.  After the glue dries, you'll need to go through and tuck the burlap pieces under to form the rounded poofs.  Some pieces will do what there supposed to and some may need a little extra help. 

Glueing burlap squares

tall burlap tree

burlap tree

tall burlap tree

tall burlap tree with chicken wire

This project isn't hard, once you get the chicken wire cone made, it's just a bit time consuming.  I know many of you may be saving this for a Christmas project, but this burlap tree can be used year round.  You can use spring ribbon to make a garland, decorate it for the 4th of July or any other holiday that comes up.  The best part is you don't have to glue anything.  You can tuck ends of ribbon or other decorations into the spaces between the burlap and everything just stays.

I also think these would look awesome in a babies nursery.  I'd love to hear how you would decorate yours!  If you love this burlap tree, check out this completely different burlap tree!

xoxo,

Denise


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