76 x 76mm PAR pine offcut for the base
20mm PAR pine offcuts for the feet
12mm x 1800mm length of PAR pine for the branches
12mm dowel for the support
25mm PVC pipe for the spacers
Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint - Apple Red - Meadow Green - Blossom White
Alcolin spray adhesive
Drill/Driver and assorted bits
Jigsaw and clean-cut blade
Tape measure and pencil
Step 2: Measure and Mark
Use the height of the 76 x 76mm PAR pine for the base as a guide. A height of around 10cm is perfect.
Draw your design and then use a jigsaw and fretsaw blade (thin one) to cut out the design.
Sand with 180-grit sandpaper so that each foot is nice and smooth - with slightly rounded edges.
Step 3: Make the Base
A strip of masking tape wrapped around the bit will tell you when to stop drilling.
If you have a 10mm diameter dowel or smaller, you can use a wood bit.
A larger diameter dowel will require a spade bit to drill the hole.
Step 4: Cut the Branches
Place these on a piece of board to protect your work surface and then drill a hole in the centre of each board.
Hold the pine firmly as you will, as it may spin if not held firm.
Alternatively, clamp down in place while you drill.
Step 5: Make the Support
Place these onto the dowel and take outdoors to spray lightly with Rust-Oleum 2X blossom white.
TIP: Use mineral turps, acetone or lacquer thinners to wipe off any marking on the pipe before spraying.
Step 6: Spraying the Various Parts
Repeat this process for the branches using Rust-Oleum 2X meadow green.
After spraying and letting dry, turn the pieces over to do the other side.
Step 7: Decorate the Feet
Put down a sheet of newspaper and spray the back of your cut strips with Alcolin spray adhesive. You also need to lightly spray the bottom of each foot where the wrapping paper will be adhered.
Only spray lightly and leave both the cut strips and the feet until dry to touch. Now you can place the wrapping paper onto the feet and press into place. Be sure to position carefully as once it's stuck it cannot be removed.