This space-saving wall Christmas tree can be displayed in seconds to bring holiday decor to any room in your home. Its informal look means you can build it using simple hand tools and add the Christmas decorations of your choice to customize it for the holidays.
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Lightly sand the rough faces of the 1 x 4 and 1 x 2 cedar boards enough to remove loose surface fibers without smoothing the surface. From the 1 x 4 cedar boards, cut two pieces in each of these lengths: 28 inches, 11 inches, 23-1/2 inches, 19-3/4 inches, 16 inches and 12 inches. From the 1 x 2 cedar boards, cut two pieces 46-1/2 inches long (Project Diagram, Cutting List). From the leftover 1 x 2 scraps, cut four 2-inch-long spacers.
Cedar boards come with a smooth face and a rough-cut face. Plan to build the tree with the rough surfaces facing front for a rustic look.
Tape the pairs of boards together with the rough faces touching and the ends flush. Mark 45-degree miters on both ends of each piece (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Using a miter saw, jigsaw or handsaw, cut 45-degree miters on each end of the 1 x 4 pieces without significantly reducing their length.
The rustic look of the cedar will allow minor imperfections in the miter cuts, but make them as straight and accurate as possible given the saw you’re using.
Using a dry-brush technique, paint the rough face and edges of the mitered chevron pieces (Bucolic Green shown). Sand the painted areas for the look you want (shown unpainted for photography).
By varying how much you sand the painted surfaces, you can go from a rough but solid-color surface to a distressed finish. If you sand off too much, apply a thin second coat and start over.
With the rough sides up, press the mitered ends of two chevron halves together so that the tips form a point. Tape the tips together temporarily. Apply glue to the mitered ends, swing the pieces together and stretch tape between the pieces to hold them tightly together. Repeat for the remaining chevrons and let dry.
Center a corner brace at the peak of a chevron and mark the screw locations. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes 1/2 inch deep and fasten the corner brace to the wood (Project Diagram, Drawing 2 and 3). Repeat for the remaining chevrons.
To avoid drilling completely through the boards, wrap a tape “flag” around the bit 1/2 inch from the tip. Stop drilling before the tape touches the wood surface.
Lay the two uprights (A) on a flat work surface with the rough side down and the ends flush with each other. Tape 2-inch spacers between the uprights.
Slide the largest chevron (B) rough-side-down beneath the two uprights (A) and support the other end of the uprights with a piece of scrap wood. Arrange the ends of the uprights and the bottom tips of the chevron so they’re flush with one edge of your work surface (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). Check that the uprights are perpendicular to the work surface edge and the chevron is centered on the 2-inch gap between them. Drill pilot holes through the uprights and into the chevron. Then fasten the uprights to the chevron with #8 x 1-1/4-in wood screws.
Use 1-1/2-inch-wide spacers to help position the second chevron (D) rough-side-down above the first chevron (B). Drill and screw the chevron to the uprights (Project Diagram, Drawing 2).
Place the third chevron (C) rough-side-down centered beneath the uprights and use spacers to position it below the first chevron (B). Drill and screw the third chevron in place. Repeat for the remaining three chevrons (E, F, G) to complete the tree (Project Diagram, Drawing 3).
You can lean the finished tree against a wall or hang it in place. To hang the tree, drive two screw eyes into the uprights behind chevron five (F) so that they’ll be concealed. Stretch picture-hanging wire or stout cord between the screw eyes and hang the tree.
You can customize your tree by stretching garland over and around the chevrons. Then fasten the ornaments of your choice using fine wire or ornament hooks.