Christmas is fast approaching and almost everyone has a wreath hanging on their front door. They all look so nice, but I want something a little different for my front door. My house is a bit more rustic and eclectic so I decided to whip up a rustic tree with a bit of Christmas sparkle and you can too!
What you are going to need for this rustic Christmas tree DIY:
- 1 -8′ piece of 1×2 pine furring strip
- 2 packs of 3/4 inch eye screws
- 1 pack of corner brackets
- Wood Stain
- Picture hanging wire
- Thin wooden Christmas signs
- Glitter in whatever colors you want
- Spray adhesive
- Disposable aluminum pans (optional)
Tools you will need:
- Chop saw or electric miter saw (if you don’t have a chop saw, here is where you can get one)
- Electric drill (if you don’t have a drill you can get one here)
- Rubber gloves
- Old cloth or an old sock for applying the wood stain
- Needle nose pliers
- Regular pliers
First you will need to cut the 1×2 pine board into sections.
You will need to cut 8 pieces:
- 1 – 23-3/4 inch piece with both ends cut at 20 degrees same direction (base)
- 2 – 10 inch pieces with both ends cut at 20 degrees on opposite sides for the lower branches
- 2 – 8 inch pieces with both ends cut at 20 degrees on opposite sides for the middle branches
- 2 – 7-3/4 inch pieces with one end cut at 60 degrees and the other at 20 degrees on opposite sides for the top
- 1 – 3 inch rectangular piece for the stump
If you are not able to easily cut the 60 degrees, here’s a great trick for getting that sharper angle. First take a scrap piece of wood and cut it at a 45 degree angle – then holding the scrap piece and the top piece together, set your saw for 15 degrees, that will give you the 60 degree angle.
This trick came from my dad who also helped me a lot on this project. (I could gush about how great my parents are but I better get back to the project.) He’s a professional carpenter so this tip comes right from the pro.
Once all the pieces are cut it’s time to start staining them.
It’s much easier to do it before you assemble the tree so you can get the sides and the edges without having to work around the eye screws. You can use an old towel or an old (clean) sock. Like those old socks in the back of the drawer that are worn a bit thin in places but are still “wearable”…maybe it’s just me.
The trick is to get some stain on your cloth or sock and rub it on the wood then wipe off the excess. Continue staining on all sides and the ends of all the pieces and then allow to dry.
While the stain is drying, you can work on creating that Christmas sparkle.
I picked up a couple of thin wooden Christmasy signs at my local arts and crafts store. But you could also find an initial for your last name or hang a big ornament in the center. The key is keeping it light and not breakable in case the front door slams.
Place the sign in one of the disposable aluminum pans or on some plastic to spray on the adhesive. (This keeps the spray adhesive from going all over) I also recommend applying the spray adhesive outside or in a well ventilated area..
Then transfer your sign to another aluminum pan and pour on the glitter! This dry pan also keeps the glitter from going everywhere and it makes saving the remaining glitter for another project much easier.
It looks so pretty! Although I think I would do a much finer glitter for next time. The glitter I had on hand was a bit too coarse (especially for the green sign below).
Hopefully your stained wood branches are dry by now because it’s time to start putting the rustic tree together.
You need to attach your peak piece together with a corner bracket.
Keep the peak tight together and screw in the included screws with an electric drill. Alternating sides while putting in the screws will help you keep the peak more snugly together. But if there is a gap that’s no problem, this is a rustic tree after all. 😀
Now it’s time for screwing in the eye screws. But first you should pry open 7 eye screws so that you can attach the pieces together more easily.
Next you are going to use pliers to screw the eye screw into the wood pieces.
You need to screw one of the closed eye screws into the top of the peak first so you can string a wire through it to hang on your front door when it is all done.
Assembling the tree: put the open eye screw 1/3 of the way in from the center on the bottom of the peak. Then put a closed eye screw 1/3 of the way from the outside on the top of a middle branch. Continue in that way all the way down on both sides until you reach the bottom branch.(see photo below)
Line up the outside edge of the middle branch with the angled end of the bottom branch and attach the closed eye screw a 1/3 of the way from the outside on the top, attach an open eye screw to the bottom in the middle of the bottom branch. Then attach a closed screw to the middle of the top of the stump.
When all the eye screws are threaded into one another and closed with a needle nose pliers it should look like this:
Lovely! You could hang it on your door just like this. But if you want to add a bit of sparkle keep going and I’ll show you how
You can attach picture wire or floral wire through the eye screws in the peak.
Thread the wire through the eye screw attached to the peak twice. Then wrap the wire around itself 4 or 5 times and cut off the excess. Thread the wire through the eye screw on the other side pulling the wire taught on the second loop through and finish up the process like the first side. (This is almost how you string wire for the back of picture frames. It keeps the wire from coming loose and falling out.)
Tie the sparkly signs to one another and then to the wire and you have your own rustic Christmas tree for your front door!
I’m really happy about the way it turned out. You could paint or stain the wood whatever color you like for a completely different look.
If you don’t have all the tools you need head over to Heartland America and check out the selection of tools available right now. Remember our inventory is always changing to offer you new and different items.
I’d love to hear what is adorning your front door this Christmas: leave me a comment. 😀
Remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland. Merry Christmas everyone!