4 years ago, WAY before PINTEREST was invented, I posted pictures on my blog of my home at Christmas. The following year I posted more pictures.
I love Pinterest, really I do, but this is what has happened to me... Someone pinned these pictures from my blog, these "pipe cleaner Christmas trees", and I have been overwhelmed. The pictures were posted with "instructions" on how to make them, and the instructions are FALSE! Ridiculous actually. I am sad knowing that people think that those instructions came from me, because they will be disappointed when they waste time and money! I am receiving LOTS of visits each day on my blog just from these photos, and emails asking for instructions. I have gotten TWO offers from major magazines to write tutorials on how to make them. The truth is...I DIDN'T MAKE THESE, and I never claimed to. They were purchased 4 or 5 years ago at a discount store (Old Time Pottery) and have NO markings. Because of all of the interest, I will show photos of their construction, and hopefully help those of you who wish to recreate these. I had NO luck finding the supplies, and therefore declined the offers to publish instructions in both of the magazines.
First, The materials: I hope you can see from this photo, that these are not the standard pipe cleaners/chenille stems that you find in a craft store (the white pipe cleaner is an 8mm chenille stem/pipe cleaner for comparison) The "pipe cleaners" used for this tree are much thicker and are very stiff and course, like a bottle brush tree. I tried searching the internet for some sort of "industrial" pipe cleaner, but had no luck.
the "pipe cleaner" spirals are quite large:
The "Pinterest instructions" say to "glue the pipe cleaners to a Styrofoam form, and then remove the form". Seriously? I don't think that would work.
The trees are constructed and glued onto an 8 sided welded metal cone shaped frame. The wire is the thickness of a coat hanger, and very sturdy.
the largest frame is 7 1/2" wide:
and 18" tall:
I hope this helps to clarify the construction of these Christmas trees. I do think they are lovely, which is why I purchased them, and shared them on my blog. I am always happy to share instructions and information, but this was never intended to be a DIY project or tutorial. It was simply a photo of a decoration in my home. Best wishes to you all! xo Suzanne Duda