Hi, I’m excited to be part of this 18 Easy Build Christmas Projects using Ryobi tools blog hop! I sure do love my Ryobi tools, they make up a majority of my tools. I thought it would be fun to make a rustic Christmas Tree decoration this year. This is a fairly easy project, a bunch of cuts at the same angles create the chevron tree shape.
How to Build a Rustic Christmas Tree
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- barn wood or pallet slats
- 1 x 4 x 8′ (actual 3/4″ x 3 1/2″)
- wood glue*
- brad nails*, length depends on the thickness of your wood.
- 2″ brad nails*
You can easily build this tree out of old barn wood or weathered pallets will work great too. I used barn wood from the same barn that I made my son’s cool bed from.
I ripped the boards into 4″ boards and 3″ boards, if you use pallet slats, you probably won’t have to rip the boards.
Now it’s time to make the miter cuts. For the 1st layer of wood, the pieces are all 4″ wide. Make 2 of each cut.
I used my Ryobi sliding compound miter saw to make the 60 deg angles (set at 30 deg). I used the table saw to make the 30 deg angles, it was a little easier that way, having each saw set up at an angle.
The first layer of the rustic christmas tree, dryfit together.
Next, use the 3″ wide boards and cut the pieces for the second layer.
Dryfit the 3″ boards. I spaced my board ‘V’ about 2″ apart.
Cut a 1″ x 4″ furring strip, or any other scrap wood to about 50″. I made a point at the top to match the angles of the tree. Apply plenty of wood glue. Place the 1st layer (4″ boards) onto the furring strip meeting at the center, nail in place with 1 1/4″ brad nails or screws.
Once you’re finished with the first layer, glue and nail the second layer boards into place using 2″ nails. Allow the glue to dry, and that’s it!
This Rustic Christmas Tree is a fun decoration by itself, add hooks to hang ornaments, advent counters, or drill holes for lights. I plan on adding lights, but I haven’t found the perfect ones yet.
Have a Merry Christmas!
Hop on over to the other awesome Projects on this Christmas Hop.
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Wooden sign– Poofy Cheeks
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Woodland Reindeer Ornaments-Whats UR Home Story
Advent calendar– Carissa Miss
DIY Stackable Slatted Fruit Crates– Pink When
Joy wood slice sign– Dandelion Patina
Gold Reindeer Décor– Simply Designing
Wooden Christmas Tree Display– Lauras Crafty Life
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree– Roubinek Reality
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Caddy with Herb Infused Oils– 365 Days of Crafts