Making a Christmas tree yard decoration is a fun project for the whole family. This project can be tackled in a couple of hours and children of every skill level can help personalize the trees with decorations. Get started by downloading a PDF version of this project, and then follow the steps below and see how easy it is to complete.
Safety: Wear gloves and eye protection when working with a jig saw.
Start by marking down an outline of your tree on the plywood.
Download the tree template or make your own design.
• Use a circular saw for larger, straight cuts, and a jig saw for curves and finer cuts.
• Sand any rough edges of the plywood.
Safety: Be sure to stay clear of the table edge when cutting.
• Cut the 2 x 4-inch board about 8 inches shorter than the top of your tree, and allow about 10 inches to extend below the tree.
• Cut the bottom into a point that will make driving your tree into the ground easier.
• Attach it on the edge down the center of the back of the tree using 3-inch deck screws.
• Use a little tape to lay out your pattern, then mark the holes with a pencil.
• Use a small drill bit to make pilot holes from the back side.
• Then, choose the right drill bit that will accommodate your bulb size, and drill the final holes from the front side to minimize splintering.
• Smooth edges with a sander.
• Paint or stain your tree, using two coats.
• Let dry completely before proceeding.
Insert the lights through the pre-drilled holes from the back, and use staples to secure the wiring to the back of the tree.
Tip: Prop up your tree with scrap 2 x 4-inch boards so your lights can poke through without damaging the bulbs.
Find a spot for your tree, then use a sledgehammer to drive the post into the ground.
Tip: Don't strike the post directly. Use a scrap piece of 2 x 4-inch board as a buffer, and you won't damage the post.
Add some final touches to your tree using garland or ornaments, and you're ready to welcome the holidays!