‘Tis the season for jolliness and hot chocolate and glitter and… copper. Yeah, baby, COPPER. It’s popping up everywhere. I, for one, am not afraid to jump on board this metallic train, and I’m dancing my copper-loving fanny over from Ciburbanity. Wandering through the plumbing aisle at Home Depot (good times, folks) I noticed this coil of copper refrigerator tubing. Industrial Christmas tree, anyone? I also grabbed a copper pipe and a pipe clamp.
I started by making the base. I used scrap wood, and some scrap trim I had on hand, but even a square medallion from the decorative trim aisle would work. Copper’s light so the base doesn’t need to be super duper heavy or anything. I gave it a coat of gray spray paint and then went over it with a dusting of white primer to ‘rough’ it all up a bit. (I was hoping to use a dark stain, but the wood I used was all different types so I was worried the stain would look way too patchy.)
To secure the tree ‘trunk’ to the base, I used this elbow joint and a pipe clamp… if you can’t find these specific pieces, you could just get a 3/4″ drill bit and drill a hole in the base to stick the copper pipe into.
Before you attach the pipe ‘trunk’ you’ll need to drill a hole through the top of the copper pipe. I clamped the pipe to the workbench and wrapped it with painter’s tape to give the drill bit a little something to grip. Drilling through copper’s just like drilling through anything else… just go slow and steady. You’ll also want to drill a hole through either end of the copper coil.
Time to assemble your tree! You’ll need some copper wire. At our Home Depot it’s with all the picture framing stuff in the hardware aisle. For the bottom, wrap your wire around one of the screws on the pipe clamp, then thread it through the coil and tie it off. For the top, thread it through the pipe trunk and then through the coil and wind it around as neatly as you can.
The coil is pretty much tree shaped as is, but take a little time to tighten up the top and stretch out the bottom… honestly, this took 3 minutes… I had this sweet little star ornament in my stash and it works perfectly resting in the pipe at the top of the tree!
For the extra special finishing touch, I wrapped an LED copper wire around the coil and it’s the perfect little holiday icing on the Christmas tree cake! (Although my kids said it didn’t look like a tree because it wasn’t green… can’t please everyone.)
I also decided that the gray base was a little too… flat, so I went over it with some Mod Podge and sprinkled some white glitter on top. Glitter makes everything better, right?
I LOVE the way this came out and plan to make more… a whole grove of industrial copper Christmas trees. These LED copper lights come in all sorts of colors, so that might be a nice way to add some variety too!
I love using things from the hardware store to make home decor. See how I made a floating acrylic frame here:
This wood shim mirror here:
And these curtain rods here: