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Metal Garland and Ornaments

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2014/January 2015

Introduction

Sources

Round and square brass tubing, by K & S Precision Metals, 7/32" by 12", from $2 each, acehardware.com
Large-diameter mini tube cutter, by HDX, $11; and twisted mason line, in Pink and Orange, from $4.50, homedepot.com

materials

  • Permanent marker

  • Round and square brass tubing

  • Pipe cutter

  • Mason’s twine

  • Hacksaw

  • Gold wire, 24 gauge

steps

  1. Garland: Using marker, mark 2-inch intervals on round tubing.

  2. Place tubing into pipe cutter; align blade with first marking on tubing. Tighten pipe cutter until blade just touches tubing. Rotate tube to score it, tighten cutter slightly, and rotate again. Repeat until tubing is cut. Continue cutting more tubing.

  3. Thread mason’s twine through 3 tubes, then thread back through first tube to form a triangle.

  4. Repeat step 3 until garland reaches desired length.

  5. Christmas Tree: Using marker, mark sections that measure 1 1/2, 2, 3 3/4, 5, and 6 3/4 inches on square tubing. Use hacksaw to cut tubing at each mark.

  6. Cut a 6-foot length of mason’s twine and tie an overhand knot at center. Thread both ends of twine through 1 1/2-inch tube (for tree trunk). Thread 1 end through right side and out left side of 6 3/4-inch tube. Thread other end through left side and out right side of same tube. Continue threading in same manner through 3 remaining tubes.

  7. Leave some slack in twine to form top of tree; tie off.

  8. Star: Using pipe cutter, cut twelve 2-inch-long tubes.

  9. Thread a 3-foot-long piece of wire through all tubes, bending after each tube to form points of star.

  10. When you reach starting point, twist ends of wire together; cut off excess.

  11. Tie 4-inch piece of wire to 1 end of a 3 1/2-foot length of twine; use wire as a needle to thread twine through tubes. When you reach starting point, tie off. Use excess twine to hang ornament.

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