Unique Christmas Tree with Repurposed Fence Boards

Christmas 03.25.16

My hubby zipped through this project in record time using old fence boards and a little spray paint! I then took over and used my Cricut to attach vinyl letters, distressed it a little and the project was done! Be sure to read the post for all the details.
Difficulty: Moderate
Every bit of wood was pulled from my husband's scrap wood re-purposing pile; the trunk of the tree was part of an old bookshelf and was already a dark stain, the “branches” were his favorite re-purposed fence slat wood, and the “stand” was just a chunk of 2″ x 6″.
The fence boards started out with a more rustic look.
While he liked the rough, unfinished look of the wood, my husband wanted a bit more uniformity to accommodate the vinyl lettering to happen later. All he did was lay out the “branches” and dust them with a light aerosol primer (just happened to have some Zinser 1-2-3 oil-based primer). No need to do the back, but he did hit all the edges and ends.
The Christmas tree before attaching vinyl letters.
A perfect message for my imperfect tree.
The reason for the season with a personal touch.

To see more: http://www.martysmusings.net/2012/12/scrap-wood-christmas-tree.html

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  • Mindi @ MyLove2Create.com
    Very nice! And it is always good to be remember the true meaning of the season!
  • Wanda
    Wanda Tampa, FL
    This is a great idea! Wish I had somewhere to put it!!
  • Marty's Musings
    Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC
    Wanda, you could always use it for outside decorating as well.
  • Zelda?
    Zelda? Albert, OK
    Marty this is beautiful. I want one. It would be great for on a door or front the porch, between garage doors, attached to the mail box post, staked in the yard or in an apartment that didn't have room for a full tree or... or... or...! I could on and
  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    I love the finished product! But the possibilities are unlimited! Paint it green and add small red sequences or round dots of glue with red glitter! Star at the top and bow at the bottom! And can you imagine the sizes you could make...large ones for
  • CC
    CC Battle Creek, MI
    I've seen a lot of these type of trees on Pinterest...but I like yours best because of the added words...what a great touch!
  • Kathy @ Petticoat Junktion
    Love this tree Marty. I just happen to have some old wood but no neat Cricut machine. I do have stencils though!!!
  • Marg C
    Marg C Middletown, NY
    I love this Marty...we recently had a white fence made of 1x6 slats come down during a hurricane....now this is something I could do with the fencing. It's a very old fence so it would look beautiful and rustic....tres shabby chic!
  • Marty's Musings
    Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC
    Thanks, everyone! I'm so glad everyone has wood around. My hubby is going to have to hunt for some more!
  • Cynthia Weber @ A Button Tufted Life...
    Fantastic... Rustic and charming... really clever!
  • Rea D.
    Rea D. Temecula, CA
    My husband uses recycled fence wood for all kinds of things. Can you give us the size of the wood on each part of the tree?
    • Marty's Musings
      Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC
      Rea D. Hi, there. Our tree is actually buried up in our very hot attic but I'll try to remember to measure later. You really can make it any dimension to fit your space.
  • Karen
    Karen Lexington, NC
    Marty - Really pretty! I have boards from an old fence that have been stacked - some have turned a little "green". Did you treat your boards or sand them before cutting and putting together? I don't want to lose the natural weathered look.
    • Marty's Musings
      Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC
      Karen If you click into the post it will give you all the details. You can definitely sand them and we used a whitewash on top of it. You're actually just a few minutes from me :) My daughter lives in Lexington.
  • Kat Ja
    Love these! Made this one a few years ago. Still love it!
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