String Trees and White Branches

Cody Sifford from Pawleys Island Community Church in Pawleys Island, SC brings us this awesome Christmas look.

From Cody: This was our Christmas-season set.

For the real trees, these are actually branches off of larger trees that were in abundant supply thanks to a recent hurricane. They were each painted with flat white spray paint. While painting, someone followed behind with large flake silver glitter which made the trees sparkle. Then they were potted in a 5 gallon bucket with half a bag of quikrete. We wrapped the bucket in brown burlap. Strung white Christmas lights.

The string trees:
Bases were made from irrigation tubing to create hoops. Connected with irrigation tube couplers to make 2 6 foot diameter and the center 8ft diameter. I then hung D rings from a rope above. Then, taking white yarn, we tied to the hoop base and with someone on a ladder, fed the yarn through the bottom loop back to the hanging D ring and back down through the hoop.
This is a VERY time consuming process. You have to make sure your spacing and tension remain even the whole way around. Eventually it will want to pull the hoop bases off the ground. I taped bricks to the hoops to keep this from happening. A few LED bars and pars to light everything and we were set.

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