Last Christmas my Dad made a fantastic tree using old fence palings and my brother transformed an industrial pallet for his (yep this UPcycling thing is a bit popular in my family). This year I decided I'd have a go making a little tree for our little house and thought I'd share the process with you in case you fancy a DIY tree too.
1. assemble your tools and materials:
- a pallet (I found this at a curb side collection, I think it's from an appliance)
- hand saw
- measuring tape
- wood glue
- screw driver and screws
- set square
- sand paper
2. disassemble the pallet
I sawed off one of the short sides, then along the middle strut to get the narrow pieces off. I then used the hammer to remove any nails and gave everything a quick sand to get rid of any splintery bits.
3. decide on a layout
I went for a dark wood, light wood pattern and measured each piece to make a rough tree like triangle, starting with the top piece they are 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45cm long (I added the extra top piece after this pic). The trunk piece is 55cm long and the base is the pallet end cut in half.
4. cut your pieces
Cut all your carefully measured bits then measure and mark the middle point of each. I decided to space the pieces at 7cm intervals, measured from the top piece and marked on the trunk.
5. attach the branches
Glue and screw the branches down.
6. attach the base
Measure the halfway point on your base pieces. Screw and glue the trunk from the back onto one piece, do the same with the other base piece so that the trunk is sandwiched between the two base pieces.
screen printed bug baubles (email me or leave a comment if you would like some - littlebrowndoggie(@)gmail.com)
birds from cottage industry store
Happy making x Bec