Repurpose a Bicycle Wheel to Make a Tree of Life

2 Materials
$10
2 Hours
Easy
I have always been fascinated by the Tree of Life and they hold a very special place in my heart. They are so majestic with their roots entombed deep in the earth and their branches stretching up towards the heavens. So with Halloween around the corner, I thought I’d make this one to remind us that everything is connected. All religions, all cultures and all people.
To make the tree of life we used a bent bicycle rim and 12 gauge round black jewelry wire. We measured the diameter of the rim and cut the jewelry wire into pieces that were about 1 1/2 times as long as the diameter of the rim. Put all the strips of wire together and twist them together tightly just off center from where the middle line would be to form the trunk. We placed the twisted wire strips over the bicycle rim to check that we were happy with the trunk length.
For the roots and branches we split the the wires at the top and bottom of the "trunk twist" into five groups. We didn't worry to much about making the groups the same thickness, it adds to the organic look of the tree later.
Then we simply twist and split, twist and split each group to form the roots and branches. I kept placing the tree of life on the rim to check if I was happy with the form and adapted as I went. Each tree will be unique. The one we made for our holiday home looks completely different. ( you can see it here ) To hang the bicycle rim we just used some twine.
And we made a small swing from a child's toy and put it on one of the lower branches.
I'd love to hear your thoughts? Are you also fascinated by trees? And if you're not keen on using wire to make a tree of life then perhaps this one made from t-shirt yarn will inspire you.

Suggested materials:

  • Jewelry wire   (amazon)
  • Bicycle rim   (thrift store)

Michelle Leslie
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  • Candy Davidson Candy Davidson on Jun 20, 2019

    OMG this is fantastic! I love the tree of life and am always looking for it for my house. Thank you so very much for this DIY project.

  • Tonjapayne Tonjapayne on Aug 18, 2019

    How many strands of wire did you use? I have read this over and over trying to find the amount. Thanks for your help. On my way to get the sire now.

  • Bmi32050820 Bmi32050820 on Oct 08, 2019

    I love it....love it but I guess I can’t read🥴🥴but I didn’t understand if you cut the spokes out or did you use them to make the branches??? Thanks

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