Decorating the Christmas tree with the family is one of our favorite holiday traditions, but recently we have decided to take a more eco-friendly approach to Christmas decorating by avoiding cutting down a beautiful big evergreen to have in our home. Instead, we chose to craft our own Christmas tree using EMT conduit and Maker Pipe structural pipe connectors.
It was a simple build that needed only a few tools and could be enjoyed by the whole family. We even decided to create our own pipe-themed Christmas ornaments to go with our tree. So that you can also enjoy a crafty Christmas, here are our step-by-step instructions on how to make an EMT conduit Christmas tree and matching tree ornaments.
Our family loves a giant Christmas tree, so these instructions are for an 8-foot tree. However, if you are short on space,you can customize the lengths of conduit to suit your home.
We also covered ours in festive green shrink wrap to make it look more tree-like, but you can leave your EMT conduit bare for an equally impressive look. You can have the EMT conduit precut at your local hardware store, or measure and cut the pipe yourself with a pipe cutter.
Tree ornaments made from EMT conduit and structural pipe fittings are the finishing touch we needed for our pipe Christmas tree.
All you need to make a cute star ornament for your EMT conduit tree is a 4-way structural pipe fitting, end plugs, ribbon, metal primer, and gold spray paint. Choose a spray paint that is specifically formulated for metal surfaces to avoid the paint flaking off.
Rough up the surface of the connector and wipe dry with a damp cloth. Add the end plugs to open ends of the connector and add a thin layer of primer. After the primer is dry, apply the gold spray paint in an even layer. You may want to add a second coat for added sparkle. Thread a festive ribbon through the center of the connector, and your star ornament is ready to hang.
For a sweet snowman to add to your tree, you will need EMT conduit,white shrinkwrap, ribbon, a hot glue gun, and a pipe cutter.
Cut ½-inch pieces of conduit and apply the white shrinkwrap using a heat gun. Glue the pieces one on top of the other using hot glue. Once dry, tie a piece of ribbon between the top and middle piece for a scarf and another piece through the top piece to hang the “snowman” on your tree.
Christmas DIY projects with EMT conduit and structural pipe fittings from Maker Pipe are a great way to create new holiday traditions and connect with your family.