I received some questions about the construction of the white Christmas tree shown to the right (and in a recent post)and the wood flooring tree as well. Do I sell such things? Sure. This white one is for sale but I’ll happily bring it home if it doesn’t sell!
Do I mind if you make one yourself instead? Nah… won’t bother me a bit. Go for it! Unfortunately, I am terrible about taking before (or even in-process) photos, so you’ll have to accept a sketch of sorts. Remember, there is no right or wrong way and your tree will be a reflection of your style (and your wood stash!) which is why I love this project. The wood flooring trees are different, but here’s some “how to” info on the white tree.
- I measured the length of my boards and divided that number in half. This was my “x”
- I decided that I wanted the “step-back” on each side to be approximately 1 inch, so my “y” was two inches.
- I cut my boards and glued them together. In my case, I was using tongue and groove wainscoting that was salvaged, so my boards really “took” together, but I wanted to add some stability, so…
- I took a salvaged 1×3 that was slightly longer than my assembled “tree” was tall. I attached it to the back with some showing at the bottom (as a trunk). A single screw went into each horizontal board. If my boards weren’t tongue-and-groove, more reinforcement may have been needed.
- My boards were a cold white and I wanted a softer look, so out came the Annie Sloan Paint for a coat.
- I used a heavy D-hanger on the back so the tree can hang on the wall. It can also lean against a wall.
- I used old rusty chains I had around the house to create “garlands” and added some screws to the front (you could use cup hooks, too) so I could hang ornaments (or industrial elements)
Some additional notes:
- I had six identical boards, so my tree was 11-boards tall
- You can use wood scraps, puzzling them together to come up with your design (that’s how the reclaimed flooring trees come to be).
- You can add spacing between your horizontal boards. As mine were tongue and grooved? I didn’t do that.
- Your tree need not be symmetrical. The blogosphere is packed with tons of more whimsical trees. I wanted symmetry.
- Before I “decorated” my tree, I had many customers tell me it looked like a wedding cake… file that away kiddies… if you have ornate molding strips and you assemble them like this (and paint them a lovely creamy color) you’ll have the perfect cake sign!
I hope that answers at least some of the questions!