Weave this casual Christmas decoration in an afternoon for years of holiday decorating to come. It’s as simple as weaving rope through holes in a pine board. Make one to keep and one as a gift.
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The materials listed are enough to make two cross-stitch Christmas decorations. If you plan to hang the ornament, omit the rosette and install a small D-ring picture hanger (Step 8).
From the 1 x 12 pine board, cut an 18-inch-long piece for each tree.
Download and tape together the Cross-Stitch Christmas Tree Drilling Guide. Center the pattern on the board and tape it in place. Place the board on a piece of scrap wood.
At each marked location on the pattern, drill a 3/16-inch hole through the board. Remove the pattern. Sand the front, ends and edges of the board with 120-grit sandpaper.
We left the board unfinished, but you can add the stain or clear finish of your choice at this point.
On the bottom of the rosette, mark a centered line down the long dimension of the oval. Place marks 2 inches from the center of the line and drill 3/16-in pilot holes through the rosette. Center the rosette on the bottom edge of the 1 x 12 board and extend the pilot holes into the board.
Cut a 2-foot piece of natural jute rope. On the back of the board, glue one end of the rope near the top group of four holes—the “star” on the tree. Pass the rope through one hole, cross diagonally to the opposite hole on the front and thread it back through. Repeat to finish the first “X” shape, then cut and glue the rope.
Plan your remaining X shapes to duplicate the look of the first one.
Using the Cross-Stitch Christmas Tree Drilling Guide as a reference, glue the natural jute rope to the back under the completed X and form the next centered X to make the tree “trunk.” You can make each X individually or go from one to the next down the center of the tree using a single piece of rope.
When gluing the ends of jute to the board, make the glue dabs as flat as possible to let a wall-mounted decoration hang correctly.
Repeat the remaining cross-stitches using lengths of green jute rope.
Screw the rosette to the bottom of the board with the bottoms of the screws flush with the wood. If you plan to hang the ornament instead of resting it on a rosette, screw a small D-ring hanger centered 2 inches from the top of the back.