Fake Christmas tree makes it fake snow

Let it snow inside your house this Christmas by building your own snow making tree. [Trey] was inspired by a snowing lamp-post he came across in a story. He looked around the house and came up with all the stuff necessary to make this happen with a Christmas tree. The snow is loose Styrofoam like you’d find in a bean bag chair. At the bottom of the tree there’s an inverted umbrella to collect the snowfall and funnel it into a blower salvaged from an inflatable Halloween yard ornament. The blower shoots the Styrofoam up through a PVC pipe, which also serves as the trunk of the fake tree, and it erupts from the top bringing Christmas cheer to an otherwise quiet room. See for yourself.


  1. Rogan Dawes says:

    Good luck getting it all off the roof! :-)

  2. bunedoggle says:

    That sounds like a recipe for a huge mess. I remember those beanbag seats breaking open and those little styrene balls sticking to everything!

  3. Grovenstien says:

    Wow i remember making something very similar in 1989 with a lego motor and a card board tube. You need a big circle of cardboard at the base to catch the balls. They used do do this in a shop window display in my town.

  4. vash sin says:

    wouldent it be just as good to use packing styrofoam?

  5. alan says:

    you need sometype of ball that can roll down back into the fan area? from what i understand if you use styrofoam pieces it gets stuck to the umbrella from static?

  6. ivy says:

    If I attempted this project, the most expensive part would be the divorce attorney…

  7. Matt says:

    Neat, nevermind the lung cancer…

  8. nap says:

    it’s far too messy
    @ivy LOL

  9. PR0CR4571N4T0R says:

    I saw this exact thing in a store about 15 years ago.

    messy as hell, noisy also

  10. vonskippy says:

    Sounds like a Dentist’s spit sucker – not exactly my first choice for Xmas cheer.

  11. Will says:
  12. kevin says:

    Seems like a very bad idea to me. Those little styrofoam pellets are easily aspirated and have been known to asphyxiate chidren and pets.

  13. HackerK says:

    +1 :)

    The idea was good to start with… self snowing Xmas tree… The problem is static and styrofoam just doesn’t mix :)

  14. octel says:

    might as well use asbestos dust

  15. uzerzero says:

    I have to admit… this isn’t that impressive. No offense to the creators, but it’s a good idea that’s poorly implemented. In their defense, there’s no good way of making fake snow that doesn’t involve making real snow. And that umbrella doesn’t leave much room for presents…

  16. takfly says:

    @will I saw the post and thought the exact same thing! The only difference between the one in this post and the one in the range is the store bought version has a handy little diffuser on top to stop the ceiling getting covered :0D

  17. ferdi says:

    mmmm i think you must repaint your house on the 1e off jan than
    now thats a happy nieuw year
    whats rong whit a normal tree
    the loss nedels
    thats no probleem whan you will you tree out the house put the tree n a bed sheet than you can transport the tree whit out you get your hous full of the nedels

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  19. Mikey says:

    Saw this back in ’68 or ’69. Ace hardware or True Value Hardware. Store clerk said it made a mess daily.
    Looked good, but made a mess. And they wanted $64 for the whole tree/snow pellets/blower thing.

  20. Griff says:

    hmmm. I saw one of these in a local furniture store. wasn’t for sale but looked neat, I didn’t think it was home made though.

  21. Bad Idea says:

    This is most certainly a bad idea. This guy has never carved styrofoam or anything similar to even comprehend the mess that is about to happen….but aside from the mess that is most obvious…I would like to point out the static charge that is being built up in that tube….eventually that charge will be release in the form of a spark…a spark that could seriously start a fire. This is a disaster in the making in every way.

  22. pRtkL xLr8r says:

    In my mind I was imagining something way cooler than what I saw in the video.

    And God forbid anyone opens the front door when a strong gust blows through…

  23. dan fruzzetti says:

    And a boatload of Christmas clean-up, too. Soooo glad I had kids

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