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PlanetChristmas Magazine July 2012

Building Mini-Trees Easy to build and always a crowd favorite. By Fred Garvin Editors note: rumors are rampant that Light-O-Rama will soon introduce off-the-shelf sequences designed for 4 color minitrees. We’ve run this DIY in the past and we thought you could use it again. Lging for some history and will share the tricks of one way to build them. -ooking for a super-easy project to add some dimension to your display? Think mini-trees.Chances are you’ve heard about and might have even wandered what they were. I went dig Best as I can tell, there was a pretty bad winter in 1992 and Chuck Smith ended up losing a bunch of shrubs in front of his house. Since he put lights on them for Christmas and wasn’t in the mood to wait five years for new bushes to grow to the right size he was perplexed. His dis- play with lights on the bushes looked like a smile with missing teeth. Desperate for an answer he decided to build his own light bushes to fill in the gaps. After several years of experimentation the mini-tree slowly came into existence. Mini-trees are easy to build, simple to store (since they’re stackable) and incredibly versatile with animated displays. At one point Chuck said he had more than 200 snaking through his yard. Most people call them zip ties. They Zip ties are made of nylonalso go by cable ties or tie wraps.and you need something toWe recommend 4 inches in length.cut them. Fingernail clippersPick your favorite color.are a cheap way to go.Most home stores have them. supports and pulling zip just by pulling the handle.the tie tight and cuts itA great time saver if youties tight.Electrician’s pliers areA zip tie tension gun pullsgood for cutting easel are doing a lot of trees. 50 PlanetChristmas | July 2012


PlanetChristmas Magazine July 2012
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