I recently shared a great pallet Christmas tree project from Donna at Funky Junk Interiors on my Facebook page. Later that day I was looking for a quickie project, and decided to make a reclaimed wood Christmas tree similar to Donna’s.
I still have a lot of this free weathered wood stored in a wood shed.
Loosely following Donna’s tutorial I cut my fence boards on an angle using my compound miter saw. I started out with 9 boards, but as I worked with the boards, I made a few changes.
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I used some of the weathered 2×4’s and a 4×4 post from my stash to make the base and the “trunk” of the tree. I used two smaller 2×4’s attached to a larger 2×4 with wood screws.
I placed that on the bottom of the 4×4 and used very long 4” wood screws to secure the cross 2×4 to the 4×4 trunk.
You can see how I placed the screws.
I used more 4” wood screws to secure the remainder 2×4 to make the base of my rustic Christmas tree.
I removed two of the middle boards (randomly). I took some off, put some back on, so I lost track of which two I actually removed. This is a dry fit with the boards only secured with brad nails using my Ryobi AirStrike.
note: my new truck in the carport! My first truck and probably my last vehicle.
After I got my tree configured, I wrote the measurements down so I could tell you the widths of the boards. hehehehe NOTE to self, use more moisturizer!
The dry fit was a good idea, because I wasn’t thrilled with the placement. The top piece was allowing too much of the post to be seen. I removed them one by one, securing them with 1 1/4” wood screws.
When this gallon of paint was nearly empty, I added some water to it so I would have a ready made whitewash solution handy at all times. The handy dandy lid is from cansealid . I love these lids! So much easier to put on and take off. You know how you keep a can of paint for a long time, and the rim of the can gets all goopy and the lid no longer wants to tap on? No problem with these lids. I painted the tree with my favorite cheap chip brush. I keep them forever because they are like fine wine—they improve with age.
Ta-da! I love it. While I had it in the driveway, several of the neighbors remarked about how they loved it too.
Here it is with my Christmas Trees For Sale sign (inspired by Joanna Gaines)
I won’t be decorating this tree, it’s headed to my booth at Vendors’ Village.
Several years ago I made some smaller reclaimed fence wood Christmas trees using smaller, thinner boards.
How would you decorate this tree, and would you use it indoors or outdoors?