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    I really did not enjoy spending 8 hours wrapping my two tree's last year. So this is what I came up with 3 minute tree's. Besides an easy setup and take down I now will have a tree or bush look with out a tree actually being there. I am going to have 7 of these various sizes in my yard that can turn green, red and white. An effect you cannot see in the picture is the way they sway in the wind....

    I am going to test 16' to 18' tree's this weekend.


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    Looks like various sizes and lengths of pvc pipe. Have been thinking about it. Also have thought about pre wrapping some smaller dead trees that can be staked down and then hung in the attic of the barn for the next season. Those would be like 10 min trees though.

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    What kind of coupler are you using to connect the branches? 45 or 22 degree? I really like the look, I have actually thought of doing this but never pursued it.


    No couplings just cpvc. I pounded two number 3 rebars in the ground ran some wire at the top and bottom to hold the cpvc together. So when its taken down the cpvc peices are seperate and easy to store. I was going to get multiple peices of #3 rebar and each peice would slip over the rebar but for testing purposes I just used wire and two peices of rebar and it works pretty well. Again its really cool when the wind blows and it sways back and forth making it seem more realistic. I was a big scepitc once I wrapped them, the looked really bad, even setup in the daylight, what an eye sore. But as soon as it got dark and I saw them I got a big smile and realized after their wrapped I could put up seven tree's in less than an hour.

    I wrap them tight at the bottom and then spread the wire wider to the top, so they seem bottom heavy.

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    what did u use as a base? 16 foot seems awfully high for a piece of 1/2 pvc

    For the taller peices I am going to start with 3/4 to one inch at 10' slipped over either #3 or #5 rebar. Then use a coupling reducer to 1/2 cpvc. some shorter some longer none the same. Thats the plan I will have see if it works I may have to have the rebar 3' in the ground and five to six out of the ground to support it. I plan on only having 1 to two of the large ones.

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    one other idea I have is to add leaves. We took a coat hanger and stretched it in the shape of a leaf adding a curve to it. Then drill a hole in various locations on the cpvc and then streighten the round end streight and pock it through the cpvc. Of course wrapped with lights.

    We thought about making shorter stems with cpvc making pedals like the leaves and putting a round ball of lights in the middle making a flower. multiple ones low at the front of a display would be cool. This would look more 3D than 2D deminsional.

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    :eek::eek::eek: what do you mean, this weekend? It's only Tuesday:mad:!!!

    Chop, Chop. Get-r-done :D.

    Just kidding, and good idea :).

    I have gone to Home Depot twice and they did not have the coupling reducer I wanted otherwise I would get on it sooner. I cant waite either. I will hit Ferguson Plumbing supply tomorrow for sure. I will have to be carefull how many tree's I build because my wife starts panicking that I am buying more of Paul's LED's.

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    I was planning on painting them green and then wrapping them with green, red and warm white LED's from Creative Displays. I didn't want to go through all the trouble of painting them and wrapping them until I tested how they would stand up and look. And yes they are for Christmas. I just dont want to spend 8 hours wrapping real tree's and 8 more hours un-wrapping them. Once these are wrapped all I have to do is take them down out of the attic and stand them up and plug them in. Three minutes is better than 8 hours.

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    Any update on this?

    My concern is wind. If those PVCs begin to slap around and hit each other...broken lights.

    I just moved into my new house this past Monday. I am really behind. I have had the 18 foot tree up now for a couple weeks with no issues. I am going to start painting the pvc and wrapping them now that I'm in my house. If you concerned with wind just put four #4 rebar staks in and it should hold it. I woun't have any picks until I start putting up my display.

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    I painted the cpvc and wrapped them with warm white, green, and red full wave LED's. I put up a 10' tree in 3 minutes. The tree looks really good. I am very happy with it. I cant stress how easy it is to put up and it only takes a couple minutes.

    I pound two 3/8 rebar into the grass, put two of the wrapped cpvc over the rebar, At the bottom and half way up I run a peice of wire in a circle running it through two wrapped sticks so it creates a vase in a way for the other pieces.

    I have the 18' pieces painted. You can see I started with 1" reduced it with a reducer and coupling to 3/4 then to half inch at the top. I want it to sway in the wind and arch to make it look more natural.

    I am planning on having seven 3 minute trees in my yard. I will take a pick of the 18' tree if I have time to test it.




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    Love your three-minute trees and plan to pay you the purest form of compliment - I'm going to copy them!

    I am curious about how many lights you are using on your trees? Are you wrapping one strand between two of the shorter "stems"? How many lights on the very smallest ones?


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