From Tim, hubby and handyman extraordinaire: This was a fantastically simple project (inspired by this sign)! My bride asked, “Can you make me this Chr…” and it was done. Well, maybe not THAT fast, but it did clock in at around 8 minutes – total! I did it on my Super Pinterest Saturday, where I completed a handful of Pinterest projects in one day. Every bit of it was pulled from my
scrap wood re-purposing pile; the trunk of the tree was part of an old bookshelf and was already a dark stain, the “branches” were my favorite re-purposed fence slat wood, and the “stand” was just a chunk of 2″ x 6″. Honestly, I don’t throw anything into the fire pit anymore! The picture shows a rough set-up of the tree for approval..and a picture, of course. Man, the photographer slows me down sometimes!
While I liked the rough, unfinished look of the wood, I wanted a bit more uniformity to accommodate the vinyl lettering to happen later. All I did was lay out the “branches” and dust them with a light aerosol primer (just happened to have some Zinser 1-2-3 oil-based primer). No need to do the back, but I did hit all the edges and ends.
See! That light spray gave a nice look, while still showing the grain and imperfection of the lumber. I didn’t want perfection, so I fought my need to measure the center of each board and adjust the spacing between each one and achieve maximum symmetry…bah! I just banged each piece in with two finish nails and let them lay where they wanted to go. I did give the “stand” a good coat of black spray paint, but just because I had it in the shop. Gotta love my design philosophy.
My work here was now done! I turned it over to
the photographer my wife who labored over the vinyl lettering. I also drove five nails in the top piece for her to make a beautiful ribbon star, but she will probably insert her own words at this point. Again, you wouldn’t believe how easy and fast this little piece was, and it is such a nice, new addition to our Christmas explosion decorations.
From Marty: Yes, my husband can make most anything. He may not completely follow the directions, but he’s good at winging it (much like with his acting skills!) This particular Saturday he was a man possessed and finished projects faster than I could take and edit pictures, write, edit and post the project! So there are some more fun posts in store. Soon. I hope.
The hardest part of this project was the lettering. I hooked up my trusty Cricut and and practiced cutting the letters on cardstock. I decided on the font Lyrical Letters and set the size to 2 inches. Every time I do a vinyl project I have to go back and watch this video. Even with that I still messed up the letters the first time.
After I cut out the vinyl it was time to press the letters to the wood. Easier said than done. The vinyl did not stick well at first and there was a learning curve in figuring out the right pressure to get the letters to stick without ripping them. I had to do a couple of letters over and once I got through the first couple of words I started to get the hang of it. I distressed the letters with sandpaper to give a more vintage feel to the wood.
At my homeschool moms party this week several of the ladies thought the letters were routed out of the wood. Score one for realism!
We had this ornament hanging on our real tree and thought it would have special meaning hanging on this project. Without Christ there is no “Christ”mas.
My hubby is amazing at turning my Pinterest ideas into reality, as evidenced in our table made out of fence posts, DIY window table, rustic wooden box centerpiece and chalk painted hutch. Hope you enjoy our scrap wood Christmas tree as much as I have!
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