Copyright - 1998 - Les Doll - All rights
reserved Full-timing in an RV entails some
creative ways to maximize usage and minimize clutter. For instance, the annual
problem of finding a suitable Christmas tree, had my wife and I scratching our
heads for the third year in a row - when our good friend, Heather of Kamloops, B.C
came up with the ideal solution.
Using 6 wire clothes hangers, 1 set of mini-lamps, 2 white
garlands and some tape (or wire) she made us a perfect RV Christmas tree measuring
about 16" tall and 12" in diameter at the base.
I will try to describe the construction in the following
1. Take two hangers and place them, on end, so to speak, with the bases facing
outward and the hooks pointing down. Join them at top with tape and spread the
hangers apart until the hook of the first hander aligns with the base of the second
hanger. (Forming a letter A) Tape or wire together where the hooks touch the bases.
Add another hanger by passing the hook face down through the opening in the "A" and
wire at the top. Next pass the fourth hanger through the "A" and wire at the top
and where the hooks meet the bases. Ditto for fifth and sixth hanger. Wire all six
legs in their proper position making a complete circle at the base of the cone.
Additional bracing wire can be placed at the mid-point position and anywhere else
as needed. It helps to have extra helping hands to do this.
2. Wrap the mini-light string around the cone, top to bottom, making sure to place
the lights pointing outward. The string should be taped to the framework wherever
3. Wrap the garlands around the cone from top to bottom covering the entire
framework with no gaps.
4.Add colored ribbons, small decorations etc.
5. Plug in and enjoy.
The beauty of this project is that it can be quickly dismantled and stored in a
small flat box until next year.
Merry Christmas and Happy RV'ing.