Crate & Barrel Ornament Tree
• 1/2” x 2” x 4” poplar boards
• thin metal rods (IE. from a metal tomato cage)
• wood glue
• drill and drill bit
• metal cutting tool
• saw & miter angle
• wood stain
First cut the angles for all of the wood boards. The vertical boards are cut 70 degrees at the top and 15 degrees on the bottom where they join the bottom piece. Next stain all of the wood boards with Rustoleum’s Dark Walnut (or similar product). After the stain has dried, mark where you want the rods to be and drill shallow holes into the boards with a drill bit. Measure the length between the boards (hole to hole) for the metal rods and then cut them to size.
Apply wood glue to all of the joints and quickly pop the metal rods into place. Clamp the top boards together, as well as the bottom board and stand and then tape the two bottom joints with painter’s tape to hold them in place while the glue dries.
After 24 hours, take off the clamps and peel off the tape.
Now it’s time to decorate!
TIP: Some of the rods may be on a fairly steep angle and you’ll find the ornaments will slide. remedy this by placing a tiny drop of hot glue on the back side.
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