Step 1: Gather Tools and Materials
Here are the tools I used:
- JigSaw (you could also use a coping saw...will just take longer.)
- Drill with 1 3/4 inch hole saw. (This happened to fit my tins perfect, if you use some of the other options below, you will need to adjust the hole size accordingly.)
- Orbital Sander (again...sandpaper will work fine...just takes longer.)
- 3/4 Plywood about 24 inches square - Available at most Big Box home centers.
- Watch Maker Tins. You can try finding the big ones I used at your local Harbor Freight, but mine said they were discontinued, and I can't find them online. Luckily I found probably a better solution here: Lee Valley Tools They have a set of 56 cases of various sizes for about 15 bucks.
- Spray On Polyurethane (optional)
- Christmas Craft Paper
- Marker or Paint Pen
- Glue or Epoxy
You can obviously use something other than Plywood, but it's what I had around and seemed to fit 25 tins in the configuration I wanted. In retrospect I should have used a pine board as the plywood edges were difficult to dress up. If you used a pine board you may need to change the proportions of the tree to fit the reduced width of the board.