Get festive with DIY and turn offcuts into a timber Christmas tree that will last for many holidays to come.
This year, instead of buying a live Christmas tree that will end up on the back of a council truck by January, make your own.
Use odds and ends from other DIY projects to create an individual, eye-catching festive decoration.
For the branches we used scraps of hardwood decking boards, a pine frame from a large canvas and a few scraps of framing timber. The branches were threaded onto a 600 x 10mm dowel, with pine offcuts used as spacers and the tree base.
Measure and mark the reclaimed timber into different lengths for the branches and spacers, ensuring that each branch has a matching pair.
You can leave the timber in a raw, unfinished state, or apply two coats of oil or beeswax before assembling.
Cut the branches and spacers to length with a mitresaw.
Sand all the pieces with 100 grit then 150 grit abrasive paper, smoothing over rough ends and corners.
Find and mark the centre of each branch.