This year I wanted to use as much of my scrap wood pile as possible while also creating some beautiful but natural new decorations. Most of my old stuff is traditional red and green but I wanted to go more rustic and real this year!
I searched my scrap wood pile for some extra wood and came up with some long boards all 1 inch width! Great now I was ready to make my angle cuts.
The miter saw is something you should take very seriously by wearing protective eyewear and pulling your hair back. It’s also a great tool that can be really fun to use once you get the hang of it.
For this project I stacked different angled pieces to create various size trees. After some trial and error I decided the best angles were as follows: tops were 45 degree cuts to make a triangle. Branches were varying lengths with 31.5 angles on each end. Finally the stumps were varying lengths with 15 degree angles. I did this project by eye and did not worry too much about spacing- just make sure it looks nice to you!
Next up I glued the pieces together and wiped any excess glue off with a baby wipe. Be sure to allow time for it to dry. I ket mine sit overnight.
Once the glue dried, I gently sanded all tops and edges with 120 grit sand paper.
Now it was time to paint! I wanted a white wash look with the grain of the wood showing through so I tired the baby wipe technique. It can make any paint job look like stain. I first painted the trees white and then quickly removed most of the paint with a baby wipe.
I love the final project and can’t wait to use them year after year!