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Stack rows of greenery and ornaments to create a space-saving Christmas tree you can update each holiday season.
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Cut the MDF panel to the size tree you want. The one shown measures 42 inches wide by 72 inches tall.
If you don’t own a table saw or circular saw, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the panel to size. This also makes it easier to transport.
From the 1/2-inch dowels, cut pieces to the following lengths: 33-1/2 inches, 28 inches, 21 inches, 15 inches, 11 inches, and 3-1/2 inches. Paint the dowels to make them less visible (Boughs of Pine shown).
Mark a centerline along the length of the panel. Measure from the top down and mark the centerline at 7 inches. From the first mark, place five more marks spaced 10-1/2 inches apart.
With a carpenter’s square aligned on the centerline at the top mark, place marks 2-1/2 inches apart (each 1-1/4 inches from the centerline) for the screw pilot holes. On the second mark, add pilot hole markings 10 inches apart. As you work downward along the centerline, add marks the following distances apart: 14 inches, 20 inches, 27 inches, and 33 inches. (Note, the distances are all 1 inch shorter than the lengths of the dowels. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes at the six pairs of marks.
Apply three coats of white paint to both sides of the MDF panel and let the final coat dry overnight.
Insert a screw hook in each pilot hole so that the points are just below the back face. Adjust them so the open portion of each hook faces up.
Use floral wire to fasten greenery to each dowel working outward from the center. Then add the ornaments of your choice. Suspend each dowel from the hooks and wire them in place to prevent sliding.
A galvanized bucket beneath the bottom dowel creates a holder for presents.