Over the summer I got this fence from my sister Jo, well, this and a whole LOT more!
I use the good boards to make signs for My Repurposed Life Etsy shop. This one was for a rehearsal dinner clambake.
Many of the boards are too rough to paint on, so I’ve been looking for other uses for them. I’ve made some faux gates and shutters for mantel décor. I also made some rustic chalkboards and some plant koozies/planters.
There are wooden Christmas trees all over Pinterest, so I decided I’d try my hand and some.
I cut my boards at random lengths, starting from the bottom and working my way from largest to smallest. After cutting the first board, I would mark the next board so that it would end where the larger one begins. I glued and nailed the fence boards onto one of my fence board stakes.
I made a little twig star for the top to see how it looks. I put the wooden stake into a galvanized bucket filled with rocks.
I used some $$ Tree bulb ornaments and a star to decorate it, while using a Christmas ribbon on the bucket.
This is another tree I made. The first one and this one are different in a couple of ways. The first one has the boards butted right up against each other. This tree has a small separation between each board.
Here is tree #1 and tree #2. You can see the difference of the separation of the boards. The other difference is the degree of the cut on the compound miter saw. The tall narrow tree is cut on a 22.5° angle, while the wider tree is cut on a 33° angle.
This is tree #3. It’s smaller in stature and cut on the 33° angle.
I sort of think this one is a project fail. These boards are really too rough to paint/stencil, but I tried it anyway. I made the stencil using contact paper and my Portrait. You can see in this collage picture that I used a pencil to get an even distance between my boards.
We all know I’m not very good at styling these things. My job is to give you the idea and the tutorial, then you can make your own, and decorate it all pretty!
You can see that I simply added curly hooks from the $$ Tree and hung the ornaments between the cracks of the boards.
Do you have a favorite? How would you decorate one of these wooden trees? I think they are great for outdoor use, including your yard or porch—they could be painted, used to hold Christmas cards—the possibilities are endless. I have narrow one with the multi-colored balls on my front porch to welcome my guests.
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