Unique Christmas Tree with Repurposed Fence Boards


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.
Finished product
Finished product
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″.
Arranging the fence boards
Arranging the fence boards
The fence boards started out with a more rustic look.
Lightly spray painting
Lightly spray painting
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.
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The Christmas tree before attaching vinyl letters.
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A perfect message for my imperfect tree.
Added Christmas ornament as a reminder of the season
Added Christmas ornament as a reminder of the season
The reason for the season with a personal touch.
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  • Karen
    on Aug 4, 2014

    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
      on Aug 4, 2014

      @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
    on Dec 22, 2015

    Love these! Made this one a few years ago. Still love it!

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