Winter Tree From Reclaimed Wood

It is January, it is cold, and my family is still praying for a good ol’ fashioned snowstorm.  Sadly, there is no snow in the forecast, but that won’t stop me from getting my winter decorating on.

The arborvitae by my front door has bit the dust, and it’s making the whole front porch look rather sad and ugly.  I could pot a new plant in the freezing cold, but that does not sound like a fun time to me.   Instead, I will pull out my sexy tool belt and build something.

Off to the garage to create a fake tree out of wood from the old fencing pile I am slowly wedeling away at.

First, gather enough wood to make a tree the desired height and width.  Plus, a 1×1 to secure the boards together and stake the finished tree in a pot.

Roughly mark out the tree’s dimensions.  I used a compound miter saw to complete my cuts, but you can use a hand saw, or any other tool you prefer.  The miter saw was set to an angle of 22 1/2 degrees for all of the tree’s cuts.  Make sure each board lines up with the next as you make your cuts.

Once the cuts are made, the boards are secured to the 1×1 with wood screws and a cordless drill.  At this point, the tree can be left as is, but I wanted to put a modern spin on mine.  The tree was givien a light sanding with the palm sander and 220 grit sand paper.  I didn’t go for perfection here because I wanted to keep the texture of the wood.  After it was sanded, the tree was cleaned off with a small broom to remove dust and debris.

Next up, my favorite part, the paint!   A Christmas appearance was to be avoided, I wanted this to look winter cool.  Luckily, we had a bright blue color leftover from a bedroom project that fit the bill perfectly.

It looks pretty cute and is a nice replacement for the dead arborvitae until Spring arrives.  Plus, it looks right at home with the snowman I made last week.  How would you make this winter tree your own?

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