How to make a Christmas tree out of bike parts
By Julie Rand
To make the tree, you will need:
- a range of rims of different sizes
- a crank or similar for the top
- strong parcel tape
- a thin, strong stick eg bamboo
- a waste paper bin for the base
- wrapping paper
- fairy lights if desired
- ribbon or silver rope to tie it all together
- gold or silver spray paint
- Stack the rims in order, smallest at the top, largest at the bottom (the hubs will need to be removed first).
- Insert the stick so it goes all the way through with a length at the top and bottom.
- Space out the rims first, if desired, using old toilet roll holders or the insides of sticky tape rolls taped to the bamboo stick.
- Insert the stick so it goes all the way through with a spare length at the top and bottom.
- Tape an old crank or cog to the star end of the tree.
- Spray with gold or silver paint if desired.
- When dry, use ribbon or string to tie all the rims together for support and tape to the top of the stick.
- Wrap tinsel around the bamboo stick to cover any tape or cardboard.
- Wrap tinsel in and around the rims.
- Decorate with fairy lights, baubles, other bike parts.
- Fill a bucket, waste paper bin or pot with bricks or other heavy objects.
- Cover the bin with sparkly paper to match your decorations.
- Alternatively, you could use a stack of old tyres smaller than the bottom rim.
- Place the tree on the base.
- Stand back and admire your handy work!