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Scrap Wood Christmas Tree
I've been eager to work on a project of my own after filling oodles of orders over the past couple of weeks, so I decided to use some of my leftover scrap pieces of wood from my custom signs to make myself a wooden Christmas tree to display on my front porch.
The only piece of wood I actually cut was the "pole" that holds it all together. Otherwise, I just arranged random pieces of odd-sized planks until it looked a little like a Christmas tree, leaving some space between them.
To attach it all together (which I did before painting, but that could be done after as well), I marked with a pencil where I wanted each board to go, then pre-drilled holes & put screws in opposite corners to secure them to the back board.
I used the same painting process that I use to paint my signs to make eight little mini signs that read "May your days be merry and bright!"
Once everything was painted, I took some rough sandpaper and sanded the edges and top layer to give it a distressed and aged look.
I was really pleased with the way this script font turned out & might just have to use it on a few more custom signs!
Here's a look at it from above. You can see that each board is a little different, different sizes, textures, etc.
I'm just thrilled with how it turned out! I even had it set up out front before the clear coat was dry. :) I know I'm going to love pulling this baby out each year.
Certainly, I'm not the first to come up with such a clever idea. A quick search on Pinterest (follow me!) for "scrap wood tree" gives a lovely collection of eye-candy full of all sorts of creative versions of this hand-crafted decorating idea.
Now my house looks ready for the holidays! :) How about yours?