1: Attach the 2-inch ring to the
15-inch ring by wrapping the wire around
both several times.
Make sure the connection is tight, so the
small ring doesn't slide around.
Tip: In the example shown,
the Tree Decoration was made with both Cotton and
The material you use for the core (inside) of the
branches should be the same color as the material
covering the ring. See step 3 for more
one 3mm size cord, 10 yards long.
Place the center
of it on top of the wire connecting the
Use each half to wrap the 15-inch ring,
moving in opposite directions.
Wrap tightly, and make sure the coils
continued: Push the coils close
together as you progress, so there are no
gaps. The two ends should meet at the bottom
of the ring, straight down from where you started
Tie the two ends together with an Overhand knot.
Now it's time to make the first branch for your
Tree Decoration. You start by attaching the
cords that form the CORE (inside) of the
In the example shown, the ring was wrapped with
Cotton, so I used the same material for the core
of the branches. The brown material is Jute,
which was wrapped around the core.
Step 3: Cut
2 cords, each 2 yards long. Prepare
the tips with Overhand knots, or use tape.
4: Fold one cord in half
and place it on top of the 15-inch ring,
near the area where the 2-inch ring is
The fold should be heading towards the
inside of the ring.
To complete the
Larks Head knot, pass the ends under
the ring and over
the folded area of the cord.
Move the knot close to the 2-inch ring,
then pull the ends to tighten it.
step 4 with the other cord,
placing it beside the first.
Both cords are used to make the first
branch for the Tree Decoration.
one working cord, 4 yards long (Jute or Hemp).
Place the large ring on your project board so the
2-inch ring is at the top.
Tie an Overhand knot at one end of the working
cord. Place the knot on the outside
of the 15-inch ring, next to the holding
Secure the knot to the board with a pin.
Measure from the ring down 7.5
inches, then place a pin at that
working cord down to the pin, then fold it
around and move it back up to the ring.
Take the long
portion of the cord (working end)
and roll it around your hand several
times. Then remove it and secure the
bundle with a rubber band.
8: Wrap the working end around
the core, as well as the secured portion
of the working cord.
Wrap snugly but NOT TIGHTLY, pushing the
coils close together, so there are no
gaps. The secured portion of
the cord needs to be able to slide, so be
careful with tightening.
when you are close to the folded area of
the working cord (approximately 7 inches).
Pass the end through the folded portion,
which looks like a loop.
9: Go up to the ring and remove
the pin from the secured
Use the surgical clamp (or pliers) to pull
portion and working end will be pulled
inside the Wrapped knot.
continued: Cut off the
end of the working cord, so it is flush
with the top of the branch (near the ring).
Tuck the stub inside the wrapped portion.
Do not cut off
the excess material at the bottom.
10: Make 10 more branches
for your Tree Decoration, by repeating steps
3 - 9.
There should be 1/2-inch of space between
When you make branch
6, at the center where the small ring is
attached, use three
holding cords for the core (Cotton
This will make the branch thicker than the others.
The brown working cord should be at least 5 yards
Do the same when you make branches
1 and 11, which are furthest to the right
The branches for your Tree Decoration should be
different lengths. Cut the brown working
cords to the lengths below, to change the
3.5 yards = 6.5 inches
4 yards = 7 inches
4.5 yards = 7.5 inches
5 yards = 8 inches
When measuring in step 7,
add 1/2-inch to the finished size of
the branch you are making, then place the pin at
So for an 8-inch branch, the pin should be
placed 8.5 inches from the ring.
Connecting the Branches
Now you begin the process of constructing the
Tree Decoration by connecting the
branches. Mentally number them 1 -
Locate branches 1, 6, and 11. These are the
thick branches made with 3 cotton cords for the
core. These three branches should be
mentally labeled "group 1".
1 working cord, at least 2 yards long.
Bring branches 6 and 11 together, bending them so
they look natural.
You can connect them side-by-side or with one
above the other.
working cord 3.5
inches from one end as you begin
making the Wrapped knot.
Make sure you start wrapping in the brown
area of the branches, at
least 1/4-inch above the Cotton
This applies if you are using only one
type of material.
Wrap for 1-inch,
making sure the coils are FIRMLY attached
to both branches, so they can't move.
In other words, wrap more tightly than you
did when you make the branches.
You won't be able to push the coils close together
in the areas connecting the branches for the Tree
So wrap slowly, placing each coil below the
previous one, fitting them close together.
Eliminate any gaps, so the cotton cords don't
12: Place branch 1 on
top of the two you just
Make sure the bottom of branch 1 is at
least 1/2-inch below the point
where you stopped wrapping in the previous
wrapping for 2 inches, around all three
Complete the knot by passing the end
through the folded area (as in step
Pull on the opposite end (as in step 9).
steps 11 - 12 to make GROUP 2, connecting
branches. Cut the working cord 2.5
yards long, since you have an extra
The bottom of the Wrapped knot should be level
with the one from group 1.
(See the image for step 15)
Make sure you take the branches from different
areas on the ring, and intertwine them so the Tree
Decoration looks as natural as possible.
Repeat the same process again to make GROUP 3, but
cut the working cord at least 3 yards long.
This Wrapped knot should be longer than the other
two groups (at least 4 inches).
Now it's time to connect all three groups of
cords, making the trunk for your Tree
Decoration. They are connected with one
Wrapped knot, which needs to be long enough to
reach the bottom center area of the ring.
Locate group 1, which is the first set of branches
you connected. Measure the distance between
the lower edge of the Wrapped Knot and the bottom
of the ring.
Then cut the working cord to the appropriate
For 6.5 inches or less, the working cord
should be 10 yards long.
For 7 inches, the working cord should be 12
15: Place group 1 on
top of group 2.
Secure the working cord beside (or behind)
the two groups. Bring it down past
the bottom of the ring, then back up to
where you plan to start wrapping.
continued: Start wrapping in the
brown area, and continue for 1-inch.
Place group 3 under
groups 1 and 2, then wrap for another 3
The reason you place the groups on top of each
other is to make sure the trunk of the Tree
Decoration is thicker front
to back, rather than side-to-side.
Divide the Cotton cords (core) into two equal
groups. Place one group beneath the ring.
Choose a cord
from the middle
of the group, and attach it to the bottom
of the ring with a Double Half
It should rest to the left
of the cord used to wrap the
The image shows a single
Half Hitch. Make sure you tie two.
continued: Place the other half of
the cords on top of the ring. Choose one
cord from that group, and attach it to the ring
with a DHH.
Place it to the right of the cord used to wrap the
Resume tying the Wrapped knot, making sure the two
groups of Cotton cords stay in place.
Stop wrapping when you reach the bottom of the
Complete the knot by passing the working end
through the folded area. Pull on the
opposite end to secure the knot.
Hang up your Tree Decoration by the small ring
at the top, so you can work on the fringe.
cords resting behind
the ring, and trim them 10
- 15 inches below the ring.
The fringe should be shorter for the cords
of the ring(6 - 8
Unravel each cord completely (usually 3 -
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