Transform painted pegboard into a Christmas tree that takes up minimal space in your holiday decorating and then folds flat for easy storage. Build it using minimal tools and basic skills, then customize it with the Christmas ornaments of your choice.
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Cut 2 feet from the length of a 4 x 8 pegboard sheet. Then cut the remaining sheet along its length to create two 2 x 6 pieces. (The 6-foot-long furring strips are ready to use.)
If you don’t have a saw that can handle a sheet this large, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the pegboard in the store.
Lightly sand the glossy faces of the pegboard and wipe clean. Glue and clamp the 6-foot-long furring strips to the back of the pegboard pieces with the edges of the strips flush with the long edges of the pegboard.
Spray the front and back of the reinforced pegboard with universal primer and let dry overnight. Then apply two coats of the background color (Grizzle Gray shown). Let dry thoroughly before continuing.
If you rush the process and begin taping and painting over the background color before it dries, there’s a chance the tape will lift off all of the paint as you remove it.
Download the Pegboard Christmas Tree Painting Guide. Lightly draw the shapes of the patterns on the pegboard with a white pencil, keeping the lines slightly within the area that will be painted. Using the lines as a guide, tape the pegboard to mask the areas to be painted. (Allow plenty of time for this step.) Check the masked areas against the guide to ensure matching patterns.
To help you keep track of where to draw and tape the pattern on the pegboard, cut long, narrow strips of paper—kraft paper works well—and tape them to the edges of the pegboard. Following the guide, number the rows on the paper at the sides, top and bottom.
Apply a coat of the background color within the masked area to seal around the tape and let dry. Sand within the taped areas with a 220-grit sanding sponge. Then apply two coats of the tree color (Alchemist shown). Carefully remove the tape while the final coat is still moist. After the paint dries, touch up the lines as needed and let dry overnight.
Stand the panels on what will be their outside edge with the hinge edge up. Measure and mark 2 inches and 2 feet from both ends along the edge at the center of the tree design. Lay the hinge centered on one of the marks with the outside hinge edge even with the joint between the furring strip and pegboard. Mark the hinge hole locations and drill 3/32-inch pilot holes. Then screw the hinge to the panels. Repeat for the remaining three hinge locations.
The most precise way to do this is using a self-centering drill bit. With the hinge taped or clamped in place, insert the tip of the bit in a hinge hole and drill a centered pilot hole automatically.
Stand the completed tree on end with enough bend at the hinges to hold it stable. Attach Christmas lights of your choice around the outside edges of the pegboard using wire or cable ties. We added a rug in front of the decorated tree to simulate a tree skirt.