DIY Fisherman's Net Coastal Christmas Tree For The Holidays
By: Party Swizzle
Combine the spirits of the season and seas for a fisherman’s net coastal Christmas tree for the holidays. All you need are a few push pins, a tape measure and a fishing net to have a ready-to-decorate, super-easy, no-mess symbol of Jesus and his great catch miracle.
- 5’ x 10’ heavy gauge fishnet
- Tape measure
- Indoor: Push pins or thumbtacks
- Outdoor: Small nails with large heads & hammer
- Paper clips
- String lights
- Starfish for the top
- Optional: Plastic crabs & seashells
Where to put it:
Hang your fisherman’s net coastal Christmas tree on an indoor wall or outdoor fence. The net, ornaments and lights are relatively lightweight and require very little support.
We made a beachy background by covering an indoor wall with a roll of Fadeless Design Weather Wood paper from Blick Art Supplies.
Step 1 - Pin the points:
Measure and pin the points to hang your net Christmas tree first. We used PartySwizzle.com’s Heavy Gauge Fish Net, but you can cut any net to 5-feet x 10-feet to use with these measurements.
-- Point K: 28” from the center to the right, 18” from the ground.
Step 2 - Plan the lights:
- Top: Lobster & Crab Buoys (end-to-end connectors)
- Middle: Realistic Seashells (no end-to-end connectors)
- Bottom: Glitter Teal Seahorses (no end-to-end connectors)
Then, we were able to run the lobster buoy string lights from the extension cord plug around the top edge outline of the tree. From that point, we could plug the seashell lights into the lobster buoy lights’ end-to-end connector, and run them through the mid-section of the tree to the bottom.
Step 3 - Hang the net:
- Point A: Find the center of one of the short sides (5-foot), and hang on the top center tack, Point A.
- Point B: Fold the top left corner down the remaining length of the short-end edge, toward the center. Hold the left corner in the center and stretch the net left to find the point where the long edge folds over to create a triangle, then hang this point on the left top tree bough tack, Point B.
- Point C: You can adjust this point to add/remove swag in the top outline of your tree. Repeat on the right to match the left side, Point C.
- Point D-E: Measure 14” along the net’s edge from the left top tree bough tack, Point B, and hang this point on the left tack of the upper mid-section, Point D. Repeat for the right side, Point E.
- Point F-G: Run the net’s edge from the left tack of the upper mid-section, Point D, to the left middle tree bough tack, Point F. Repeat for the right side, Point G.
- Point H-I: Measure 14” along the net’s edge from the left middle tree bough tack, Point F, and hang this point on the left tack of the lower mid-section, Point H. Repeat for the right side, Point I.
- Point: J-K: Run the net’s edge from the left tack of the lower mid-section, Point H, to the left lower tree bough tack, Point J. Repeat for the right side, Point K.
- Point L: Make any adjustments to ensure that the remaining length of net is equal on both sides. Find the center point of the remaining short side (5-foot) and pin to the center of the tree, Point L, approximately 48” from the ground.
Naturally, top your fishing net coastal Christmas tree with a starfish. We used a 6-8” white Knobby Starfish, but a Finger Starfish would also work well, and added a couple of extra push pins to support our Christmas Sea Star.
Step 5 - Accessorize:
- Amy Cabanas