Craft This: Christmas Tree

This tree caught my eye a few weeks ago so I dropped it into my Xmas board just in case.  I'm pretty skilled these days...I learned how to use an electric saw this year (amazing I know) so this looked like a cinch. Winter Holiday Decor

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Really though, it all started a few months ago.  Way back in October my son's bed broke when a human adult sat on it.  This bed was two years old and I don't mind saying, was from West Elm.  As is my way, it took many months to get a new bed.  I tried contacting West Elm to explain my sitch to them.  They did not take pity on me and rush me a new bed.  They mentioned something about a discount on a future order but didn't say how much and I'm not buying a new bed from them so didn't investigate further.  How does this story relate to a handmade Christmas tree you ask?  We finally got a new (to us) bed this weekend so took apart the piece of crap West Elm bed and had all the slats at my disposal.  These were perfect for this project. If it weren't for this broken bed, I never would have done this project.  I didn't have the boards for it and it's not the kind of thing I would buy new ones for...reuse yo!

I should also add that the image you see here is round two.  The first time I made it, I did an ochre effect in green.  Then I got way too fancy and tried to make it a hanging tree (as in, spacing the flat slats evenly with drill holes and knotted twine and hanging the twine from the ceiling.  Well, this project did not start as a precise operation.  That's why I liked it!  But then I was trying to do something that would require a delicate balance and drilling holes perfectly spaced, ie, precision.  Needless to say, I just drilled haphazardly and it didn't work out and really made me mad. I gave up pretty early on fortunately so had the energy to invest a little more time in round two.  I like this one much better.  I was never so sure about the ochre look.  I like it, but it was just everywhere for a while and kind of annoyed me.  I did not angle the branches (but I totally have the skills).  I was just feeling lazy and liked this look just as much.  My trunk board had a bunch of holes in it so I very quickly filled them and did not worry about having a smooth finish (obviously).  I like the rough look of them.

Supplies: Electric jigsaw (truthfully I had to look up what kind of saw this was.  I'm not good with names) boards (largest branch piece is approximately 18" long and the trunk is about 36") sandpaper brads (I think I used 7/8") hammer gold spray paint white paint large paintbrush

How to: I cut the boards to size making each one approximately 3 inches smaller than the last, using 7 boards.  You'll need an extra one for the trunk (using a thinner board if possible).  This takes approximately one minute with an electric jigsaw. I quickly sanded the edges.  I used an electric sander but obviously sandpaper works too.  I then whitewashed the boards (just one side) using watered-down primer and a paintbrush.  I then spray-painted the trunk gold.  I wasn't too thorough with this.  I wanted it to look a bit rustic.  When dry, sand it a little for more depth.  Center each board and nail down.  After you get the first nail in, double check to make sure it's level and adjust it if not.  You'll want to use more than one nail so it doesn't just spin on the trunk.  I used three in a charming triangle pattern.

There you have it!

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