Crafts & DIY
Man stacks hula hoops over teepee made of PVC pipes for a different take on Christmas tree
This is a brilliant way to spruce up the yard without breaking the budget.
Michael Dabu
12.07.22

I believe most of you would agree if I said lighting up a Christmas tree is the most exciting thing to do before, during, and even after Christmas day itself.

It’s one of the best representations of the occasion and most importantly, it fills our hearts with so much joy and excitement.

There are alternatives to live trees.

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However, purchasing a decent-looking artificial Christmas tree can burn a hole in someone’s pocket and not everyone can afford that.

Not to mention Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many people spent quite a fortune shopping for other things for Christmas day and the rest of the holiday season.

After all, Christmas is not about decorations, but about giving and sharing love with one another.

Why not make your own “tree”?

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YouTube - Ghost of Autumn Wood

Grab your hula hoops.

The guy in this video will show us how to make a Christmas tree frame by using hula hoops and PEX water tubings.

In a simple but detailed video, the craftsman started by cutting a hula hoop and had it measured with the original frame.

He used 1/2″ PVC pipes for the main skeleton of the tree and fittings as the connectors on the bottom.

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YouTube - Ghost of Autumn Wood

He then slid the cut hula hoop through the cross-tee fittings and secured the end-to-end of the hoop using screws through pre-drilled holes.

After that, the man positioned the other two legs and secured them with screws to ensure all three legs make an equally-divided angle of the tree to make it sturdy.

What’s a Christmas tree without lights?

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YouTube - Ghost of Autumn Wood

To give way to the Christmas tree’s lights, the craftsman added a couple of screws around the base hoop.

Then he went by going “Up, down, over, up, down, over….” to describe the looping of the lights.

The end-point of the light must be along the base hoop so it can be close to the power outlet.

It’s really almost too simple.

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YouTube - Ghost of Autumn Wood

Zip ties always come in handy when securing two materials and that’s what they used to secure the lights all over the tree frame.

To test the durability of the tree and the lights on it, the man flips the entire tree upside down and it’s exactly how he described it, “All good.”

To add more security to the lights, he changed the screws with more zip ties.

It’s also way safer, especially for kids to avoid getting caught with those sharp screw heads.

Done with the hula hoop.

Next up, PEX tubing.

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YouTube - Ghost of Autumn Wood

PEX has a desirable advantage.

The advantage of PEX water tubings is that you can cut them to any size according to your preference.

Once you’ve decided on your tree’s circumference, just follow the same steps, thread it through the fittings, and secure the ends with screws.

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YouTube - Ghost of Autumn Wood

Mid-part of the video, they also mentioned that one of their viewers did the teepee-style tree.

To do that, remove the top cap and drill holes in each PVC tube and tie them together using zip ties.

Mark the height of your base hoop and drill a screw into each to put a stopper, then drop an uncut hula hoop over the top and secure the hoop using screws.

It’s a thing of DIY beauty.

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YouTube - Ghost of Autumn Wood

These Christmas tree ideas are not only easy to build but also more cost-efficient compared to the price of an artificial tree.

See how to light up your lawn with your own outdoor Christman “tree” in the video below!

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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