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How To Make An LED Rope Light Christmas Tree Silhouette

This is one of the simplest ‘How To’ projects of all time.

My 13 year old son came up with this one and made the frame in about an hour. Here is what you will need. (All of the dowel used for the frame is 9mm diameter)

  • 3 pieces of dowel 1200mm long
  • 3 pieces of dowel 800mm long
  • 3 pieces of dowel 600mm long
  • 1 piece of dowel 1600mm long
  • 9 pieces of clear plastic tubing 10mm diameter x 50mm long
  • Cable ties

We are going to make 3 equilateral triangles 1 x 1200mm, 1x 800mm, 1x 600mm and then join them together with the largest triangle on the bottom, and the smallest on the top to make a stylised Christmas Tree that we will then outline with LED Rope Light.

Step 1

To make the 1200mm triangle join each of the pieces of 1200mm dowel together by sliding a piece of the plastic tube over one end of each piece of dowel. 

Step 1 Join The Dowel Together

Step 2

Form the dowels into a triangle

Make the line of dowel into a triangle by connecting the two unconnected ends together.

Step 3

Join The Triangles together to make a tree shape.

Join the triangles together – smallest at the top and largest at the bottom. ‘Tie’ them together using 2 cable ties at each of the points where they intersect. If you make sure to follow the dimensions in the diagram you will make a frame that with take a 6 metre length of LED Rope Light. For added stability, attach the 1600mm dowel vertically down the centre line of the tree using cable ties at each intersecting point.

Step 4

My T Brite 10mm LED Rope Light is best to use as it easily goes around the tight bends on the frame. Start at the bottom corner of the frame and attach the rope light to the frame using a small cable tie. The power cord connection should be just off of the end of the frame.

Work your way around the frame using cable ties to attach the rope light to the outline of the frame at approximately 10cm intervals. (Note: don’t outline each triangle individually as you will lose the effect of the tree.) A 6 metre length of My T Brite Lights Rope Light should outline the whole tree.

You can attach the frame to any wall using a cup hook at the highest point. For just a few dollars you have a really effective rope light feature that is 1200mm wide by 1600mm high.

For an added sparkly touch, try adding a string of flashing lights to the frame by draping them from point to point.



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