As much as I love the smell of a real pine tree, there's something strikingly unconventional about a wooden Christmas tree. This modern alternative is a perfect winter DIY project and far more convenient than the upkeep of a real tree and all those falling needles! It's perfect if you have a small space or if you're decorating your home with Scandinavian holiday decor. A wooden tree is a fuss-free option that's just as fun to decorate with the bonus of being collapsible for easy storage once January arrives.
Things You'll Need
Wooden dowel, 1 inch by 48 inch
Wooden dowel, 3/8 inch by 96 inch
Wooden dowel, 1/2 inch by 96 inch
Drill bit, 3/8 inch
Drill bit, 1/2 inch
Large vase or pot
Mark the first hole four inches from the end of the 1-inch thick dowel. (This dowel acts as the tree trunk.) Secure the dowel to some scrap wood using a hand clamp and drill through the dowel using a 3/8-inch drill bit.
Measure the second hole further along at 10 inches and the third hole at 16 inches. It's important to rotate the dowel pole each time you mark a hole so that the holes do not align once you have drilled them. Drill the holes with the 3/8-inch drill bit.
Switch to a 1/2-inch drill bit. Measure a further three holes along the dowel at 22, 28, and 34 inches, and then drill. (Once again make sure the drill holes do not line up.)
Now you can cut the tree branches to size. Take the 3/8-inch thick dowel and cut three lengths measuring eight inches, 14 inches, and 20 inches long. Use a mitre box and hacksaw to cut the dowel.
Take the 1/2-inch dowel and cut another three lengths measuring 26 inches, 32 inches, and 38 inches long.
Twist the dowel branches through the trunk in ascending order with the smallest length at the top.
Place the tree into a large vase or pot filled with sand to anchor it. Hang with some Scandi-inspired monochrome decorations to complete the look!
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