Wire Craft Project: How to Make a Wire Tree

For your next wire craft project, learn how to make a wire tree. With a few snipped bits of wire and a few twists of the pliers, you can create these wonderful pint-sized plants.

Before you begin your project, use a pocketknife to remove any insulation from your electrical wires. To create a tiny tree, first stack several "peeled" wire sets together, grip the entire cluster with two pairs of pliers, and twist this "trunk" by rotating the tools in opposite directions. Next separate the short (root) wire ends into small bundles and twist the groupings. Shape the limbs as you form them (and be sure you bend the complete branches away from the unformed ones).
The tools of the miniature tree crafting trade.
Oak tree
Any tree can be your inspiration for making a miniature version out of wire!
This 12-inch arboreal beauty made from 10-gauge electrical wire is perched on a chunk of glass and has a bird's nest full of pearl "eggs" secured (by a drop or two of glue) in a fork of its branches.
Note the dividing and twisting patterns on the end of these branches.

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