Having a builder for a husband gives us a unique opportunity to do many things that others wouldn’t, like never finishing our renovation. 🙂 It also gave us the opportunity to dream up, design and build our first Christmas tree that very first year we were together as a step family, 6 years ago now. Despite having a builder handy, this tree is so simple that with some supervision, the children make it most years.
The Builder’s Wife DIY Christmas Tree Part One
3 x 2.4m 70×35 Non-structural Pine Framing
Cut into the following lengths,
Piece one cut: 2 @ 700mm (Feet)
Piece one cut: 2 @ 200mm (Feet)
Piece one cut: 1 @ 50mm (Top arms )
Piece one cut: 1 @ 80mm (Top arms)
Piece one cut: 1 @ 200mm (Top arms)
Piece two cut: 1 @ 1m (lower arms)
Piece two cut: 2 @ 465mm (lower arms)
Third piece: 1 @ 2080 at one end of this piece cut angles to add to the tip of the tree effect (mast of tree)
- Power saw or hand saw
- Drill or hammer
- Sand paper
Screw together feet pieces as shown.
Screw the mast to the feet assembly as shown and stand vertical, as above.
Screw the lower arms into position as shown
Screw the top arms into position as shown
Cut enough wire to loop around the outer edge of the lower arms, and fix to the lower arms with cup hooks.
Repeat the same process for the upper arms
Paint to whatever colour you wish, we’ve had white trees, a green tree and a brown tree, all have looked great especially once decorated.
It really does not matter how rough your tree is, this one we have had for a few years now, it even moved with us twice. It’s rough finish adds to it appeal. Next week I will take you through the decorating process. It’s much excitement and happiness when it the Christmas tree begins in our home.
Do you have a unique Christmas tree? Are you a Christmas crafter?