Make a Christmas tree
Bring the Christmas spirit to your home
Christmas is around the corner and creating the decorations yourself is much more fun! You may have created an original door wreath or a candle holder, but what will make you feel like a real DIYer is to make a Christmas tree - the king of all the decorations!
WHAT YOU NEED
- Construction adhesive (e.g. UniBond One For All)
- Wooden sticks
- 14 mm wooden pole
Drill, 15 mm drill crown, Handsaw, Mitter Box, Security Gloves, Cartridge gun, Metallic Ruler, Sandpaper, Pencil, Cloth
Get the Materials
You will need a construction adhesive (e.g. UniBond One For All), wooden sticks, a 14 mm wooden pole, a drill, a 15 mm drill crown, a handsaw, a mitre box, security gloves, a cartridge gun, a metallic ruler, sandpaper, a pencil and a cloth.
Organize your sticks
Gather a couple of wooden sticks from your workshop that you didn't use in previous DIY projects. Take the sticks and organise them by size, from the smallest to the biggest one. This will help you see how many you have and which ones you will use for the bottom and for the top of the tree.
Cut some sticks
If you don’t have enough different sizes of sticks to make a nice tree, you can also cut some of them. Take the handsaw and the mitre box and cut them freely to make different sizes. Remember to always wear you security gloves. If you put them on the table, it will be easy to understand how many you will need to get a nice tree.
Find the center of the sticks
To make sure you make a hole in the center of the sticks, it is better if you define the center with a pencil and a ruler. All you need to do is mark the two diagonals on the wooden sticks; the point where they meet is the center where you will make the hole.
Make a hole in the center
With the drill make a 15 mm hole using the drill crown. Once again: put on the safety gloves and get ready for the fun part!
Sand and clean the pieces
Remove the dirt and dust after cutting and making the holes in order to assure good adhesion of the glue, by sanding all the pieces with sandpaper and then wiping them with a cloth.
Cut the wooden pole
Take the wooden pole. With the security gloves on, use the mitre box and the handsaw and cut the pole as high as you want your Christmas tree to be. Now it's the time to go crazy - but make sure it fits in your living room!
Build the base I
It's time to build the base that will hold your Christmas tree. To build the base, you’ll need two wooden sticks (already with the drilled holes), a shorter one and a longer one (approximately 10 cm longer). From the longer one, cut two pieces of about 5 cm, one from each side of the stick. Make sure to mark them previously.
Build the base II
Apply beads of construction adhesive (e.g. UniBond One For All) to the center and the ends of the stick you have on your working table. Then, stick the small pieces you just cut to the ends, pressing for a few seconds.
Build the base III
Finally, glue the other stick to the center, crosswise, making sure the holes are aligned with each other, pressing firmly. You’ve just finished the base of the Christmas tree which is upside down, let it dry for 24 hours before moving on to the next steps.
Glue the wooden pole
Now that it's dried, you can turn your tree base up side up. Turn the wooden base up and glue the wooden pole on it. Apply construction adhesive on the hole in the base, place the wooden pole and press for 10 seconds. Now you can leave it on your work surface standing and check how tall it will be!
Glue the first wooden stick
Take the biggest wooden stick and stick it to the base. To do so, apply construction adhesive on the base, put the stick through the hole and press it against the base for 10 seconds.
Glue the remaining wooden sticks
Repeat it for each wooden stick from large to small until you have glued all of them. Make sure to place the sticks pointing into diferent directions so the tree has more volume and looks more like a real one! Let it dry for 24 hours.
Can you believe the incredible tree you just made? Now it's time to give it a more Christmassy look! Decorate it with Christmas balls - or with any other decorations you may have. You can also paint it green to make it look more like a real pine tree. Now that you've learned how to make a Christmas tree, you know what would look great next to it? A nice coffee table where to put your gifts when you open them!