With the weather cooler and the holidays approaching, I have been in the mood to be in the garage, with power tools, working on projects.:) TOOLS ARE COOL I say!
These wood Christmas trees cost me zero dollars to make. And they were EASY! I had plywood left-over from who-can-even-remember-what, and I used pieces of scrap of wood I had saved.
- scrap wood
- wood glue
- wood stain
For these trees, I used an image from the computer, enlarged it on my printer, then cut it out for a template. If you are brave or a good drawer, you can free hand it. Me… not so much.
This is the first time I used a jigsaw. Gasp! I know! I don’t have one of my own. (Hint Hint to those who want to get the perfect Laurie Christmas gift.;) ) Just take your time and go slow. It’s actually fun. To this nerd DIY-er anyway! I could have cut out trees all day.
I cut out 3 trees. Two the same size and one 130% bigger. Then I used a mouse sander to smooth all the edges.
I tested every stain I had on hand on scrap wood and didn’t like any of the colors. Too dark, Too red, or not enough color. Luckily for me, I have DIY-er friends and neighbors, so I borrowed this stain (and the jigsaw) from my Antique Booth partner, Crys. This color is Golden Oak by Cabot, and just the color I was looking for.
Love the color! I used a stain sponge to apply the stain.
Once the stain dried, I took the trees inside. It’s dark now, and cold in my garage. I didn’t have the patience to wait another day, so now I’m working in my craft room.
I used scrap wood, already stained the color you see, and glued it to the back of the tree, for the trunk.
This is scrap wood from an old frame I cut up a while ago. These are the stand for the trees. Normally, if I were a patient DIY-er, I would have used my nail gun to attach these pieces to the tree trunk, but since I’m inside now and it’s late, it’s wood glue and rubber bands. (‘cuz they’re quiet.)
I did let these dry overnight. Then I removed the rubber bands.
The final step…Add a little bit of faux snow to some of the tree branches and gift wrap some wood blocks to look like presents. Simple and cheap!