Christmas trees are kinda near and dear to my heart. As a kid, our tree was always real, heavy with tinsel and tin light protectors on big, colourful glass bulbs.
We were allowed (I think?) to sneak downstairs and bring one gift back upstairs to unwrap in bed, to hold us over until it was human to actually be awake. I remember gazing into the face of my first Timex watch FOREVER (before it got light out).
Back to Christmas decorating… I was starting to feel overwhelmed with a Christmas tree half up in my livingroom and boxes all over the place. (it was easier as a kid when mom and dad decorated!)
So know what I did? I told myself to go into the workshop instead and play on something that makes me happy instead.
Besides, it’s easier than cleaning a whole house…
So I came up with some pretty cute and compact string wrapped wood Christmas trees with junk stands and a pretty cute sign to further their story.
And had a VERY good day, thank-you!
You can seriously whip up these cuties in just a few minutes!
How I did it
1. Cut wood planks on a 22.5 degree angle one side, then the other to create the triangle shape.
Hard to explain, easy to show… check out the 1 minute video below this post which will show you how.
I then briefly hit the wood triangles with a palm sander to smooth them out a little.
I just did a bunch of winding with various twine, rope, etc to get different looks, knotting it in place on the back.
3. Select different Christmas tree stands from your rusty junk bin. Then place a tree on each stand. The more random, the better!
I didn’t permanently attach the trees to the bases, but rather, just set the wood on top of them. If you wanted to attach, I’d suggest to drill a small hole under the tree, then attach tree base with an applicable washer / bolt, as required, or try glue. I like to reuse my components so I like things loose.
I did drill a hole under one of the trees so the tree would fit onto the wheels though.
Please tell me you have a rusty junk bin… if you don’t, it’s high time to head on out and collect for one! Solves all my problems daily. HERE is one way I added to mine.
4. Make a cute mini sign that tells the story.
This little row of trees resembled a tree farm, so I chose part of a stencil to carry through the message.
- I first painted a plank in a sage green in a half hazard way.(no sanding needed)
- Once dry, the image was stenciled in white.
- Twine was wrapped around each end for an added rustic detail.
Stencil – Christmas Trees from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils HERE
5. Make it look all pretty somewhere!
This is the part I call ‘playing house.’ I lined the tree farm on top an antique crate, then showcased all this in front of a super chippy cabinet I got from inside the video in THIS junk shopping trip.
The cabinet is still in my workshop, which I’m finding is coming in mighty handy for taking cute pictures!
Still mulling over where to put it forever-like.
Aren’t they adorable?
I mean… wood triangles. That’s it.
Can you imagine taller and shorter trees too? Or even different colours?
I was first inspired to make mini trees thanks to Inspired by Charm’s snowy modern version HERE
I love the quirky bases. Rusty junk doing mighty fine festive work I say!
While the Trees sign was actually an after thought, I’m SO glad I made it. I adore the excuse to bring some sage green paint into the mix!
And I want an 8 foot tree like this now.
Just think… wrap the rope and leave the lights in the box!
Can you tell I’m really trying to get out of lighting up the main tree?
I’m so in love. And now I want to go cut more wood up!
Click above to view a 1 minute video so you can view the easy sawing process.
Beware… I’ve already started another easy reclaimed wood brainstorm… I hope you’re stocked up!
Think you’ll try making some of these cuties?
Other reclaimed Christmas trees from the past: