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After seeing a couple of different styles of ornament trees in the decorating world, I decided to take a different route from others. This is our "How To" on an Ornament Tree.
I started by cutting 22 pieces of pipe 36 1/2 inches long. Then clued all of them together in sections except the top portion of each section. Those are removable in case the sphere's needed to be removed.
Go purchase cutting boards with thick plastic and make a semi-circle. I used a small cord spool for a pattern. When the pattern is marked, use a jig-saw to cut them out. Now, get a hole saw with an inch diameter saw and cut a hole in the plastic semi circle. Place them on the pipe that will hold the sphere.
Some have used hula-hoops but I used sprinkler tubing for the shape of the sphere. But, it's recommended to use PEX water tubing. PEX will retain less heat built up during the day. Cut the tubing 53 inches and screw them onto the plastic semi circle. Seven pieces of tubing were used for each sphere.
Place the top section of pipe onto the rest and hammer gently until tight. Drill a small hole typically were it's glued and place a cotter through the hole and bend locking it in place. Do the same thing for top and bottom portion of each sphere as well.
When you have finished all of the tasks above, it's time for lights.
I purchased non-IC ribbon lights with adhesive backing to them. Cut the ribbon light to the correct length and attach it to the outer portion of the tubing. Repeat this process until all 10 ornaments have lights on them. Take four inch white zip ties and gently tie lights at every other cutting point to ensure they'll remain even if the adhesive fails. Next, trim one half inch of silicon off each end exposing the ribbon to be connected. Take the RGB pigtail connectors and connect each string of lights. Two ends will not be connected, first and last. The first one will be connected to a DMX, RGB controller while the last one will be weather proofed.
Each section of sphere's will be zip-tied together and bolted as well. They will be placed against a metal frame that's mounted to the building and zip-tied. This will ensure nothing will be torn apart during high winds.
Here's a photo gallery of the different elements used to make the ornament tree.
Video of the tree in action...
Parts list for the Ornament Tree...
This prop is an experiment and yet your mileage may vary, nothing is guaranteed.