Create Cane and Leather Trees to Complement Your Holiday Decor

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DIY in a Day brings you step-by-step instructions for easy projects that will spruce up your space — within 24 hours (or less!).

Bring the festive and familiar shape of evergreen trees to your holiday decor with a modern twist. Made from cane webbing and leather, they offer a great woven texture and neutral palette that will complement any decor style. Cluster several trees together on a mantel, table, or shelf, and this little holiday forest is sure to bring the enchanting charm of a winter wonderland to your space.

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Step 1: Draw triangles on the balsa wood.

First, mark the middle of your piece of your balsa wood (our mid-point was at the two-inch mark).

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Decide how tall you want your tree to be, and make a mark on each side of the balsa wood at that height. We decided on an 8-inch height for our medium tree (shown here), 12 inches for our large tree, and 6 inches for our small tree.

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Connect the midpoint at the top to the two side points with a pencil to form a triangle.

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Step 2: Cut out the wooden triangles.

Use a craft knife to cut out the triangle shapes from the balsa wood.

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Step 3: Cut out the cane and leather triangles.

Trace each wooden triangle onto the cane webbing and leather. Use scissors to cut out the cane webbing triangle, and a craft knife to cut out the leather one.

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Step 4: Glue the cane triangles to the wood triangles

Pipe a generous amount of glue on the back of the cane webbing triangle, and glue it onto the corresponding balsa wood triangle. Place a piece of wax paper on top, and weigh it down with a heavy book (the wax paper protects the book). Let it dry for a few hours.

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Step 5: Cut slits in the triangles.

Once the glue is dry, remove the book and wax paper. On the cane webbing triangle, use a ruler to draw a line from the top of the triangle down to the middle. On the leather triangle, draw a line from the bottom center of the triangle up to the middle.

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Use a craft knife to cut out slits along the center lines you drew. You'll need to the make the slits as wide as the thickness of your balsa wood (in our case, 1/8-inch thick).

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Step 6: Assemble the trees.

Slide the slit on the leather triangle over the slit on the cane triangle, and stand the tree upright.

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Your trees are all ready to deck the halls!

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