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Lattice forms a bold pattern when cut in the shape of a Christmas tree. Trim it with a border of lights and decorate it with the holiday ornaments of your choice.
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Download the Lattice Tree Cutting Guide and mark the pieces of lattice to be cut. Using a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade or a small handsaw, cut out the shape of the tree.
Cut slowly to avoid damaging the individual strips of the lattice.
Where the cuts expose loose pieces of lattice around the edges of the tree, glue and tape or clamp the pieces back in place and let dry.
Lightly sand the wood slats to remove the roughest surfaces and wipe clean. Apply two coats of paint to the front, back and edges of the lattice strips.
Measure about 58-1/2 inches from the bottom of the tree and find two lattice strip intersections equal distances from the center. Mark the screw hole locations for the D-ring hangers on the back of the tree and drill 1/16-inch pilot holes. Then screw the hangers to the back.
Angling the hangers lets them disappear behind the lattice slats after the tree is hung.
Using cable ties, fasten lights to the outside edges of the tree. Use wire cutters to snip off the excess length of the cable ties.
Some ornaments, like this garland of 600 lights, can be separated into sections for just the right length. If you choose another light string, wrap it loosely around the edges to check that it is long enough for the outline of the tree.
Use a level to mark two places on a wall at least 61 inches from the floor and the same distance apart as the D-ring hanger loops. Insert the nails or hanging hooks of your choice. Hang the tree from the nails or hooks.
Bend fine wire—paperclips will work—to hang the ornaments of your choice on the tree.