How to make a wood slice Christmas tree
(or the easy, simple tutorial you’ve been waiting all season for)
Step 1: Visit a Christmas tree farm to cut down your tree
Spend an hour trying to find the perfect tree.
Not too tall. Not too wide. Not too Charlie Brown.
Find the tree.
Celebrate by drinking free cider from the gift shop.
Sip cider and wonder why all the elves are wearing stirrup pants.
Step 2: Listen to your mother when she calls you over to the burn pile
Watch as she points to all those wonderful wood slices and asks if you can think of a project for them.
Stare at the wood pieces for five minutes.
Watch your mother watching you think.
Decide they need to be a Christmas tree.
Put down your free cider and sort through the burn pile to find the perfect wood slices for free.
Remember how much you love free.
Brush off all dirt and random bits of pine from the pieces of wood.
Brush some more.
Realize they are never going to be perfectly clean.
Then remember how much you love the rustic look.
Step 4: Find a vintage chalkboard at a junk store
Sand it a little more.
Add some stain.
Wonder why the stain is going on in clumps.
Shrug your shoulders and hope that everyone visiting your home just thinks it came that way.
Step 5: Lay your wood slices out in a tree pattern (aka a triangle)
Lay out the wood slices in a tree pattern.
Think to yourself that you should have done this at the burn pile.
Cross your fingers and hope that you have enough wood slices to make a tree.
Tell yourself how amazing you are when it works out perfectly.
Step 6: Apply the wood slices
Come up with the brilliant idea of attaching them with adhesive tape.
Add a piece to each wood slice and stick to the chalkboard.
Stand back and admire the finished tree.
Place it on your kitchen counter.
Turn away and start washing the dishes.
Listen as the wood slices fall off the chalkboard one by one.
Go old school.
Hot glue each of the pieces of wood to the chalkboard in your tree pattern.
Wonder why you ever try to be fancy.
Step 8: Draw a star on the top
Search around for some chalk in the junk drawer.
Finish your tree with a chalk star on the top and a hand-drawn trunk on the bottom.
Place your finished wood slice chalkboard tree on your counter.
Think of that cider on the Christmas tree farm.
Think of the wood slices just randomly waiting for you in the burn pile.
Think of your mother.
Decide she’s amazing….
….and you’re a chip off the old block.
(so sorry….I couldn’t resist)
And now for even more Christmas fun!
Click on the projects below to see what the junkers have created for Christmas.
And it’s Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas.
I’m joining some of my favorite people on the planet for some Christmas fun.
Check out these creative Christmas projects below.