After seeing so many of these on Pinterest, I thought I would try it out. I used a 6 foot artificial Christmas Tree, chicken wire, my trusty electric staple gun, scissors, craft knife, Christmas baubles, Christmas ribbon and picks, Charity Shop (local Oxfam - Cobham High Street is fabulous!) finds for the velvet top and used the pearl encrusted collar of a jumper found there.
I first measured the chicken wire around the mannequin, stapled on using the electric staple gun - I knew that the end result would be rather heavy so made sure PLENTY of staples were used.
Starting from the bottom, I used the longest "boughs" of the Christmas Tree and formed hooks from the end of the boughs, putting through the chicken wire. I turned the mannequin around as I worked tier after tier working upwards.
As I approached the top, I used the smaller branches to weave through the chicken wire to the waist as well as to fill in any gaps where you might see the white of the mannequin
Once done, I dressed the mannequin with the black velvet top and pinned in the back to fit. I them pinned the pearl encrusted collar into place. Then added the Christmas picks and baubles. Finished! This will last years to come, the baubles could be changed year to year and different tops added for different colour schemes. This year I wanted a sophisticated silver, white and black look. Next year, who knows? If anyone is interested to make one in the workshop or for me to make one for them, please just email me firstname.lastname@example.org