Construct a new holiday tradition with this enjoyable two-dimensional tree. Made out of plywood and a couple of metallic braces, it defies gravity from cantilevering from the wall. You can wrap lights or ribbons round it to hang decorations on, and its depth is shallow enough to keep the vacation dance floor available.
Period: 6 hours
Ability level: Intermediate
Cost: Less than $80
My family designs and creates a exceptional alternative tree every year. One year a rustic trestle ladder found on the roadside served as our tree. Another family favorite was a paper tree constructed on a ribbed PVC frame with Christmas lights. The flexible two-dimensional plywood tree I’ll explain to you how to create here can do the job for either indoor or outdoor display.
4- from 8-foot plywood sheet, 3/4 inch6-foot span of 2-by-2 pine, cut into three 14-inch piecesSix 90-degree rigid angle braces3/4-inch wood screws1 1/2-inch wood screwsDrywall anchors (or other proper screws if your wall is plaster, wood or brickFlat metal braces, inflexible (optional)Clear-coat spray paint, matte or gloss (optional)Tools:
JigsawPalm sander and sandpaper2 sawhorsesDrillSharp pencilsStraight edgeTape measureSafety gogglesGloves
The setup. Be sure to have a large work area. Set two sawhorses to support your plywood sheet.
1. Design the tree. I made this tree design with straight lines, so it’s easy to cut out with the jigsaw.If you are ambitious, you can try freehand drawing a summary of your tree.
Notice: The plywood is 8 ft tall, but consider your area’s height. You will want to leave space to your tree topper and for gifts to fit under.
2. Bring the tree. Move the outline of your tree design right onto the plywood. This tree’s outline (the wood frame) is 2 1/2 inches wide. With your straight edge, draw fine, black straight lines with your pencil so you can easily follow along with the jigsaw.
Notice: I cut my tree in 2 parts. The bigger three-tiered section is 4 feet wide and 5 feet tall. The bottom tier is 5 feet wide and two feet tall, and had to be cut at an angle onto the 4-by-8 plywood sheet. This way I will detach the bottom tier for storage following the holiday season.
Hint: Draw a mild 1- by 1-foot grid onto your own plywood that will assist you scale the tree’s outline from the printout to the plywood.
3. Cut the tree. Put on your safety goggles and gloves. If you are unfamiliar with using a ribbon, then get accustomed to it by cutting the outside lines.
Use a good jig blade with small teeth to get a nice, straight, smooth cut.
Go slowly and you’ll have less work later when you are sanding the borders.
Here is the finished outline of the top 3 tiers.
After finishing this component, you are able to eliminate the bottom tier from the excess plywood, or save it to do after.
4. Cut out the interior. Now comes the challenge of cutting the interior edges while keeping the tree in 1 piece. If you’re a pro using the decoration, you’ll want to do what is known as a plunge cut by leaning the hoops to the middle of the plywood to break the surface. If this appears intimidating, then drill a hole large enough to accommodate the jigsaw blade, then entering the middle of the tree rather.
Readjust the sawhorses as you move so you don’t cut to them.
The plywood will rebound somewhat as the tree gets lighter; keep the decoration firmly flat on the surface.
5. Sand the cut bits. You will use several sheets of 100-grit sandpaper to smooth out the wood using the sander and eliminate any present pencil lines.
Hint: Consider storage. I attached a rigid horizontal brace on the trunk between the third and fourth tiers of the tree. This way it can be disassembled and packed away for next year.
6. Clear coat (optional). A clear coat will protect the tree from scuffs and seal the edges of the plywood. Additionally, it brings out the gorgeous wood grain. I prefer to use a spray paint variant for fast application. Matte or gloss will operate, and it dries quickly.
7. Attach the posts. Cut three 14-inch long posts from the 2-by-2 if you haven’t yet done so. These can be utilized to affix your tree to the wall. Most hardware stores have a free lumber scrap bin and a nearby handsaw, so you might be lucky and find a 2-by-2 board to cut these out of. Your jigsaw will work, also. Attach the corner braces in the corners of your tree. I attached one at the top and another two on both left and right of the bottom tier.
Here is the finished outline of this tree, using all the attached bottom tier.
Notice: Use powerful corner braces to attach the service posts to the tree.
8. Mount the tree. When you are mounting the tree, have a friend hold it up to help you match your post placements with your wall studs. Locating a stud in the wall is greatest, but wall anchors can also get the job done. If you’re planning to show your tree in the living room, secure each post to the wall using the remaining three corner braces, using wood screws, drywall anchors or masonry anchors.
Pictured here is the bottom left post, which I screwed in first. Then I affixed the ideal article, then the best article.
Notice: Once you remove your tree out of the wall later on, you can use mild spackling paste to fill the holes. Apply it with a putty knife or a finger, then lightly sand it and dab on paint required.
9. Decorate. After mounting the tree to the walls, have fun incorporating string lights, decorations and garlands. Notice the room underneath for gifts.
Or, to get a more minimalist look, make it bare. Here I tried using only twinkle lights and newspaper leaves out of Paper Source.
You can place the tree outside. To display this tree on an ivy-covered wall, I tied twine around it and fastened it to the fence behind.
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