Sunday, December 16, 2012

Scrap Trim Christmas Tree

This tree was inspired by the one I saw at Marty's Musings. Here is how I made something similar out of random trim picked up from a Craigslist Curb Alert (free!!!). 

Step 1: Washed the boards with a vinegar and water solution. They were yucky!

Close up pic of the trim and its grooves.
 Step 2: Eyeballed the lengths and cut with a hand saw.

 Step 3: To "age" the wood I first hit it with a hammer in random places to create more dents. Then, using a mahogany gel stain (left over from redoing our kitchen cabinets), I wiped the stain over each board.

Step 4: I printed out the words from my computer then using a the sharp end of a pen I traced the words onto the wood creating a groove.

Step 5: With a brown marker I traced the groove of each letter, 2-3 letters at a time so that the marker ink didn't try completely.

Step 6: Before the marker ink dried completely I carefully wiped with a rag, smearing and fading the letters. It has a wood burned type of look afterwards.

Step 7: Tree "boughs" put in place with wood glue.

INSPIRATION @ Marty's Musings

my version
smaller so it fits on my mantle without invading it too much

hard to see, but the word "hope"
is written on the baby blanket
God's gift to us

sheet music lightly painted over with a brown glitter acrylic paint
Mod Podged onto cardboard...3 layers actually to create dimension
currently held on with sticky tack...not totally in love with this star...
might try again...we'll see


  1. I love this! So creative and simple, not to mention environmentally friendly. I'll have to give it a go.


    1. Would love to see pics of it when you do! Its fun to see everyone's personal spin on the same idea. :)

  2. I'm so glad to see you project, Audra! I love how we can all see a project and then make it our own. Love the creativity!
    Marty@Marty's Musings

  3. This is one of my favorite decorations so far - absolutely love it!
    Wish I had time to make one ( next year deinitely!!! )

  4. This looks fantastic. You did a great job- such a lovely idea and I always love when someone makes a beautiful decoration that focuses on the real meaning of christmas :)

  5. I love it! I never would have wiped the marker off to give it that effect! what a great project and perfect for the season!

    Thanks for stopping by, I'm your newest follower ;)

  6. I've seen a few of these trees on Pinterest. Yours is by far one of the best. I absolutely it, thanks for sharing at the Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful project at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Have a great holiday week!