A group of bloggers have teamed up with Virginia from Fynes Designs to participate in a Ryobi Christmas Blog Hop. Check out the end of this post to see 18 Easy to Build Christmas Projects. For my project, I created a wooden Christmas tree display using my favorite Ryobi tools.
Wooden Christmas Tree Display
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- 1/2″ pressboard (4 foot by 2 foot)
- Wooden fence slat (approximately 4 1/2′ long)
- Saw horses
- Ryobi circular saw
- Ryobi jig saw
- Ryobi drill
- Paint (I used both Rustoleum spray paint and acrylic paint)
- Optional: Clear sealer spray if you will be displaying your project outdoors
To start with cut down your larger piece of press board to the dimensions listed above. My original piece was 4′ x 8′. We only needed 2 feet, so we marked a line. Then, we used the circular saw to cut the piece down to size. I love my Ryobi saw with the laser. It makes it so much easier to cut a straight line. It made it much easier to work with and to get our Christmas trees cut out.
Note: You may be able to buy a half sheet at your hardware store and have them cut it for you in the store.
Next, I drew out the Christmas tree shapes. I made them varying heights and widths, including the trunk parts. The tree shape was a simple triangle shape. The trunk was a rectangle shape. I was able to get five trees from my 4 foot long piece of press board. The tallest tree was 24″ (the height of our press board).
Using the circular saw, we cut the main sides of each tree. Then, we used the jigsaw to cut out the base of the tree and the trunk. Each tree was one solid piece of a tree with a trunk.
I coated each tree with a light spray of Rustoleum spray paint, so the base color for each was the same.
Using frog tape and some stencils and punches I decorated each tree differently with acrylic craft paint. I created stripes on three of the trees with frog tape.
Using a circle punch, I placed frog tape on plain card stock. I punched circles, peeled the frog tape from the card stock and used the small circles as stencils to create the polka dots. One last tree I used a star stencil to paint on stripes of little silver stars.
Note: If you plan to keep this display like I am, you will want to coat the whole thing with clear spray meant for outdoors. This will protect the acrylic paint from the weather.
Finally, lay out your trees where you want them on your board. I used an old weathered fence board to attach my trees to. Since the top edge was angled, I used the jigsaw to match the pattern on the opposite end that I had cut down to size with the circular saw. (My original fence slat was too long.)
Once you have marked where you want your trees, pre-drill holes where the screws will go through both the wooden fence slat and the bottom of the tree trunks.
Using your drill, attach the trees to the board by screwing up through the bottom of the board and into the tree trunk.
To make sure I did not split the wood from the weight of the trees, I laid a board down on the ground at the tips of the trees. This made it easier to get the screw in straight and not have it go through the press board and break.
My Christmas tree display is all ready for my front porch once I decorate for Christmas!
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