Holiday Wire Project – O Christmas Tree

By on October 10, 2014
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by Judy Ellis,

Wire Jewelry Idea for October 10, 2014

O Christmas Tree!

With the Holiday’s quickly approaching (only 10 more Friday’s until Christmas – but whose counting) I thought it would be appropriate to share with you one of our older posts, that we’ve had a lot of fun with!

Today’s Wire Jewelry Idea is a free pattern! Here’s a holiday-inspired treat brought to us by Suzanne Hollingsworth. Click here to view Suzanne’s simple pattern, O Christmas Tree.

Free O Christmas Tree Pattern

O Christmas Tree Free Pattern by Suzanne Hollingsworth

Suzanne’s O Christmas Tree Pattern is for a dainty Christmas tree that you could easily slip into your Christmas cards this season, or even use as an attachment to a gift tag.  In fact, several of us here in the office decided to give it a try!

3 Wired Christmas Trees

6 Wired Christmas Trees

I will say that a few of us needed a couple tries before we got the bends in the branches just the way we wanted them. You can add a lot of personality depending on how tight you make the bends, and how much you stretch the tree before hammering it into place. Don’t be afraid to use copper wire to practice!

If you’re inspired, don’t stop here: this doesn’t have to be an ornament, it could easily become a pair of earrings (making 2), or a pendant. You can attach ribbon, additional beads, and maybe even some tiny tinsel. Have fun with this pattern!

To present this tree to a special person, you can make 2 small slits in your Christmas card, thread the ribbon through the card, and tie the tree on the card. (If you use beads in your tree and you send it through the mail, you may want to use a padded envelope.)

Voila, you’ve got a small ornament gift ready to send in your Christmas cards, for just a bead, a ribbon, and a foot of wire! Happy Holidays!

wire christmas tree card

If you’d like to learn more about creating with wire or beads take a look at our Jewelry Books or Instructional DVDS. They make great holiday gifts!

Happy Wrapping!


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    Judy Copeland

    October 10, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Great idea and a bit less complicated than the ones I make. For those interested can share this tip with you.

    I designed a pattern made on a Jig. Use 20 gauge round wire or twisted, and can twist with colored wire like green and gold. Silver and Gold is beautiful made this way. Takes about 15\" or more especially if your twisting two wires together. Allow for shrinkage. Bend in the middle of the wire. Set your Jig up like a Christmas tree, and take the middle of the bend in the wire place it around the top peg making a loop and alternate your loops back and forth in the pattern like in this pattern using the right wire taking it over to the left making a counter clock wise bend around the peg and the left wire takeing it to the right peg making a clock wise bend over the peg. After sevral bougs have been made possibly four or five, adjust your bougs and take the ends of the wire bring them together under the tree using 6\" of 24 gauge round wire and wrap around the trunk wires Then take the rest of the 24 gauge wire if you like embelishing it with a bead or crystal, twist the 24 gauge wire ends together and make a rosette around the bead or crystal. Take the the two 20 gauge trunk wires left after bindng them together, make curls going upward toward the tree on each side.
    Can not count how many I have made on request, and they were big seller at church at our Festival of Lights fund raiser last year. Our small group called Jewels of Grce really enjoyed making these last year for our festival. Unbelivable the different designs and colors they come up with. Lots of Ooo\’s and Aaaah\’s from those who bought them. If you like can send a picture, just let me know whom to send it to.

    Thanks for letting me share this written pattern.

    Judy C.

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      Cynthia Brannon

      October 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Good Afternoon,
      Can you please send pictures of the group’s designs?
      Thank you,

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        Judy Copeland

        October 18, 2014 at 7:12 am

        If you would send me your email address will send you a picture of the Christmas tree. Not sure I have a group of trees but will send what I have on file.


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      Teresa Rothove

      October 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Your description sounds great. Could you please send me your picture of the tree? I am lookng forward to try it out. Thanking you in advance. Teresa

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        Judy Copeland

        October 18, 2014 at 7:14 am

        Teresa if you would send me your email address I will send you a picture of the tree.

        Thank you for asking,


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    October 10, 2014 at 7:54 am

    How about a guesstimate of how much wire to use just to get started in any size? Then I could adjust the size as needed.

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      Judy Copeland

      October 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Jenne at least 15″ depending on how big your going to make your tree. This should take care of a two inch long tree wih your larger bougss not exceeding 1 1/2″ wide. You shuld get about five bougs, not including the top loop out of 15″ of wire. If twisting should allow for another thee inches as it shrinks in the twisting process. If this is the first time trying it work with copper, or stringing wire before you start with better wire. You might want to give yourself a couple more inches when first trying, then adjust to the amount you think you might need.

      This can also be hammered but be careful hammering on the cross over pieces. They break very easily. My suggesion is lay it between two flat surfaces and gently with a nylon hammer lightly hammer the tree between the surfaces. I use a acrylic disk and a rubber hammerig block. That helps to flatten, and work harden the tree.

      Hope this was helpful and enjoy the Christmas season sharing your piece of art with others. These seem to get a lot of attention, and ladies just love them for gifts to give out before Christmas.