You’ve seen them in stores, but did you know that you could actually put one in your own home? I’m talking about an upside down Christmas tree. This nontraditional piece of holiday cheer is a one of a kind novelty decoration, and is a great party chatter item. No one will miss a well decorated Christmas tree hanging from your ceiling, and it’s guaranteed to get some smiles. But how in the world do you fit it to the ceiling in the first place? Though it might take some work, it’s easier than you think. Here are the steps you need to get your tree off the floor and at up gravity’s mercy.
Steps to Hanging the Tree:
1.) First of all, find an appropriate Christmas tree. This will only work with an artificial tree, and one that’s pre-decorated will make your life much easier. This guide is made assuming you use just such a tree, and you might have to modify these instructions if you decide to use a different sort of evergreen. Now that you have your tree, let’s get hanging!
2.) Measure the height of your tree, as well as any stars, angels, or other toppings you may plan to put on top. Then measure the distance from your floor to your ceiling, and subtract the height of the tree from this second measurement. The figure that you get is the approximate length of chain you will need to buy to hold the tree in place.
3.) Buy the chain, 2 quick links, and a screw eye at a hardware store, keeping in mind the weight of your tree and the workload of each of these components. You will also appreciate having a stud finder, fishing line, multi purpose wire, and a very long extension cord. These, however, are not essential, but very nice to have.
4.) Attach the quick links to the top and bottom of your chain.
5.) Back at home, position your ladder underneath or right beside where you intend to plant your tree. Using the ladder, scan the ceiling with a stud finder for a stud. Making sure to hang your tree on a stud will maximize the stability of the rig, and minimize any threat of the tree falling on you or your family.
6.) Mark the position of the stud with a pencil, and then drill a small pilot hole (1/8″ or less) into the stud. Put a screwdriver through your screw eye, and then use its leverage to thread the screw eye into the pilot hole you made. Keep threading it until the bottom of the eyelet touches your ceiling.
7.) Attach one end of your chain to the screw eye using the quick links mentioned earlier. Assuming everything goes as planned, you should now have a very nice holiday chain hanging from your ceiling-Don’t worry, we will be putting a tree there very shortly.
8.) Attach the base of your tree to the chain as best as you can. This is where the wire might come in handy, but Christmas tree bases vary, so only you will be able to figure out how to best attach the apparatus. Once you are sure you have firmly attached the tree’s base to the chain, move on to the next step.
9.) Set up the tree as you normally would for Christmas. This is where you put together the layers of your tree, if you’re using an artificial one. You may decorate the tree now, but if it will be within arms reach while hanging, it would be best to wait to hang more delicate ornaments until after the tree has been hoisted. As mentioned earlier, a fake tree with pre-done decorations will make this step a lot simpler and far less taxing.
10.) With the help of someone else, turn the tree upside down and attach it to the other end of your chain using the second quick link. This part is the trickiest part, and I strongly advise you to be careful while positioning the whole setup.
11.) Now that your tree is swaying in the breeze, you might consider screwing a ceiling hook into the wall beside the tree, and then threading an extension cord through the hook. This keeps the extension cord from dangling beside the tree, and makes it easier to plug the two together. Test the lights, and if they aren’t working, you’ll have to do some shuffling to fix them.
12.) That’s it! Now your tree is ready to roll. You can decorate it with all of your favourite ornaments, or just leave it as it is. Either way, your house now has an instant party surprise waiting for guests, and you’re guaranteed to get some chuckles out of your family over the holiday season. Enjoy your nonconformist tree, and Happy Holidays!
Michelle Norris, “Demand Grows for Upside-Down Christmas Trees.” NPR
WirelessJen, “How to Hang a Christmas Tree Upside Down From the Ceiling.” eHow