This is the current state of my dining room table.
Trees that look like this.
I know, right?
Did you sigh, too?
I’m working on decorating a holiday showhouse right now and it’s full of farmhouse Christmas like this.
There are Merry Christmas signs and fluffy pillows and throws and metal cup racks and birch logs and pallet wood clocks and these trees.
If these trees look like they need to visit your house.
If these trees look like they should wish you and yours Merry Christmas.
If these trees have your name written all over them.
Here’s a little DIY from my dining room table to yours.
Before I start this DIY can I press pause and give a shout out?
These trees were created by my brother.
The most creative, funny, sweet, hilarious brother on the universe.
He never lets me down and makes trees for me when I ask him, too.
Here are a just a few of his other projects:
This carved sign
And my favorite of all one of the best trash to treasure projects in the world…
Without further adieu.
Here’s the DIY I promised.
How to make a DIY wood tree.
DIY Wood Christmas Tree
pallet boards or reclaimed lumber
nails (or you can use a nail gun)
Step 1: Disassemble the pallet
Remove the pallet boards from the pallet and rip each board down the middle.
Each board will then measure approximately 2 1/2″ wide.
(total aside number 1: you don’t have to use pallet wood for this project. You could use paint sticks or yardsticks or even random sticks from your yard.)
Step 2: Cut out a piece of plywood 18″ x 18″
Lay the pieces of pallet wood end to end and stagger them like bricks.
Glue the pieces of pallet wood down.
Then nail each piece in place.
Step 3: Trace a basic outline of a Christmas tree
We went old school. Triangles and straight lines and all that.
Draw a series of triangles and straight lines to create a tree that is 16″ tall and 12” wide on a sheet of paper. You could also draw a smaller tree and take it to a copy shop and have the shape enlarged.
Then trace the tree on top of your plywood which now has rows of pallet wood glued and nailed on to it.
Then cut out your tree that you’ve traced with a jigsaw.
You will cut through the plywood and the pallet wood together at the same time.
This is what the back of the tree looks like with the plywood side facing up.
Step 4: Frame the cut-out of the tree
Frame out the tree shape with pallet wood.
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Just measure and cut pieces that fit around the edges.
Sometimes they won’t line up exactly perfectly.
Character is perfect for a pallet wood tree.
Because of the points of the tree….you will need to cut some of the pallet boards at an angle to form the edges (as shown).
Then nail the boards in place.
Sand the tree thoroughly to make sure you knock down all the rough edges.
Then finish it with wax or polyurethane.
I decided after I wrote this post, I decided that I’m keeping it simple this year.
I sorted throught the tubs and got rid of four. I’m using what I have and making everything else.
It’s a handmade holiday.
Starting with the trees.