By The Fix.com Content Team
One of the best parts of the holiday season is the decorations! While you may choose to buy your decorations at a store, we think there are no better decorations than the ones you make yourself.
Today we’ll show you how to make an adorable scrap wood Christmas tree. This project is completely scalable, so you can make it as small, or large, as you would like. Let’s get started.
Materials and Tools Required
To complete this project, you will need the following:
> Scrap wood of all different sizes — you will need a triangle piece for the top and a similar piece for the trunk.
> Wooden dowel — cut as long as your tree will be tall.
> Stain – color of your choice.
> Drill and pre-drill bit with the same diameter as the dowel.
> Wood glue.
Step 1: Sanding
Before you can get started on your tree, you’ll need to sand the wood to remove the naturally sharp edges and prevent splintering. We also recommend sanding the entire block of wood as any imperfections may become more prominent once it’s stained.
Step 2: Drilling
Now that the edges are rounded, you are going to find the center of your blocks and drill a hole for the dowel to go through. You will need to drill all the way through every piece except for the top piece, which you should only drill about halfway through. Use your sandpaper to clean any tear-out your drill leaves in the wood.
Step 3: Staining
Using a brush or sponge, apply the stain following the manufacturer’s recommended application and drying instructions. Don’t worry about getting the stain into the holes since they won’t be visible in the final product.
Step 4: Assembly
Once the stain has dried, it is time to assemble your tree! Start by inserting the dowel into the base, place a small amount of wood glue around the base, slide the trunk onto the base and press down lightly. Repeat this process for each layer of the tree.
Not only is this craft easy to complete, but it also won’t clash with the other decorations in your house, because the design is so simple. We hope that this guide will help you build your own scrap wood trees.
If any of the steps above were unclear, watch the video at the top of the page to see our DIY-expert, Denika, building her own.
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