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a little decorative tree made of wire and beads
This is a relativery easy project, especially for the people that they are into using wire for jewelry making. Personally, I don't have much experience on these things. The tree of the photo is the first one that I have made, but it don't look bad anyway, just a little bit dusty hehe :P

I hope that you can understand my english.

UPDATE: Photos of the last steps are lost long time ago, I'm sorry for that. I would try to fix it somehow. Thanks for looking!

Posted by Ele from Evrytania, Thessalia Sterea Ellada, Greece • Published See Ele's 7 projects »

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take around 50 meters (160 feet) of wire - 26 to 32 gauge is preferable (0,2-0,4 milimeters diameter) - of the color of your choice.

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using the pliers, cut the wire into strands of 35-40 centimetres (14-16 inches) long each.

    The lenght of the strands is depended of the gauge of the wire that you are using; more thick -> more long

    (If the wire is thin you can cut it with a scissors)

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then pass a bead through each strand until the middle of its length.

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now twist the wire some times for secure the bead into place.

    Alternatively, you can use more small beads, like seed beads. In this case, you can put 2-3 beads per strand.

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 5
    Step 5

    Do the same for about 110-120 strands of wire.


  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 6
    Step 6

    The next step is to make a "branch"; take 2 strands and twist them toghether.

    To make more realistic your tree, you can put to some "branches" a third strand.

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 7
    Step 7

    You make bigger branches by twisting 2 or 3 small ones toghether.

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 8
    Step 8

    Continue this way of twisting toghether 2 or 3 smaller branches to bigger ones until all your wire have form the three basic big branches of the tree.

    Again, for more realistic results, it would be good that they are not exactly of the same size.

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 9
    Step 9

    Twist the three big branches together to form the trunk. If the wire is thick you will probably need the pliers for do this.

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 10
    Step 10

    Don't twist until the end. Left about 7-10 centimeters (3-4 inches) untwisted for make the roots.

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 11
    Step 11

    Separate the untwisted part of the strands into 3 big groups.

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now divide each group to two parts of about the same amount of strands. Twist the two parts toghether. Left again some wire untwisted.

    Do the same for all the groups.

  • Step 13

    Now -for each group- put again the two parts toghether and then separate it randomly at two or three different parts of strands. Each of these two parts you will handle like the "group" of the previous step. Remember... as above so below. The roots are like the branches but you work the the opposite way; then you fused, now you divide.

    Again, avoid symmetry for more realistic results.

    So continue the same proccess of separating, dividing and twisting to make the root branches as needed or until you use all the wire left.

  • Step 14

    Finishing touches; twist the trunk a little bit harder if needed, cut the extra wire that don't fit in the roots and fix the position of the branches.

  • Step 15

    Your tree is ready!

  • How to make a wire tree. Wire Tree - Step 16
    Step 16


    You can use something to attach your tree to. A single stone is a good choice. You can use some glue if the roots don't help. You can also put your tree in a bowl with smaller stones or inside a jar. You can even make a little garden or forest. By using different materials and colors, you can create more elegant, spooky, colourful or bonsai-like trees. The possibilities are endless.

    I'm looking forward to see your versions :)


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Ronald T.
Ronald T.
Stephen B.
Stephen B. · Tampa, Florida, US
Hey beautiful work I like your structure it is very realistic, I make my trees with the looping leaves made a few gem tree but easy ones I'v gotten much better at it now and would like to try that style they look great;Computer
Geetha M.
Geetha M. · Redlands, California, US
This is amazing art.. Have been trying to find the tutorial for so long .. finally found this.. What kind of wire was used?
mona.s.hamza.3 · Cairo, Cairo Governorate, EG
Thank u for ur great effort
icedrops · Mecca, Ohio, US
Pennie · Downey, California, US · 1 project
Laurie M.
Laurie M.
This is such a beautiful tree as are the other variations. Thank you so much for sharing it Happy
jodi.nelson1 · Lindstrom, Minnesota, US
These are SO beautiful! My grandfather owned a rock shop & my grandmother made these using small polished stones, quartz crystals etc. I wanted to learn to make these "someday", but she passed away before I ever asked her. THANK YOU, for the guidance!!
ninfa a.
ninfa a.
I love it!
this is genius, cool, i might try it
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