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If you don’t have space for a Christmas tree, there’s no need to go without one this Christmas. Simply create a wall-mounted one instead! This wooden tree can be used as shelves to hold small gifts and decorations. Plus, the coat hooks on the base are the perfect place to hang your stockings!

This version is painted in a distressed gold effect (read on to find out how this was achieved), but you could make it a traditional green tree, or pick a colour that works with your walls so that it can be used all year round. Cover the tree in tiny wire fairy lights and you’ve got a Christmas tree to be proud of.

What you’ll need

To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:

Tenon saw
Mitre box with mitre slots at 45° and 22.5° angles
Or a cross-cut mitre saw
Palm sander
Paint brush
Drill and countersink drill bit

In addition, these materials will be needed:

2 x 2.4 metre lengths of planed softwood timber 13mm x 94mm
White chalk paint
Gold spray paint
1 ¾” x 10 (45 x 5.0) pozi countersink screws
Wood filler
Wood glue
Sandpaper to fit your palm sander
3 x Coat hooks
2 wall brackets and wall plugs

The measurements of the wood will depend on the size that you want your finished shelves to be. The measurements provided in this tutorial create a finished unit that measures 61cm wide x 82cm high x 9.5cm deep.

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials for this project is less than £50. You can access the shopping cart of some of the tools and materials used through this link.

This project is suitable for people with some experience of DIY. This project should take about a day to complete. Allow time for drying, which will be determined by the recommended drying times on the spray paint or paint you use. If you require a second coat of paint, this will require more drying time and extend the length of your project.

Step 1: Measure and cut the wood

Measure out and cut the following pieces of timber:

Longest length 77.5cm with a 45° angle at the top and a 22.5° angle at the bottom
Longest length 74cm with a 45° angle at the top and a 22.5° angle at the bottom
Longest length 61cm with a 22.5° angle at both ends
Longest length 38.5 cm with a 22.5° angle at both ends
Longest length 32.5 cm with a 22.5° angle at both ends
Length 57 cm with straight ends
2 x triangles 9.5cm x 9.5cm with a 2cm return to form the brackets

See photo of the measurements for guidance:

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Use a palm sander to smooth off the rough edges of the timber where the cuts were made.

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Step 3: Pilot drill the screw holes

Put the pieces into a ‘tree’ formation and mark where you would need to make holes to screw the pieces together. Use a drill with a countersink bit that matches the size of your screw heads to make holes where these marks are.

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Line up the pieces and use a fine drill bit to pilot drill through the first hole, into the piece you’re attaching it to. This will prevent the wood from splitting.

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Step 4: Glue and screw

Apply wood glue to the joining edges of the wood. Screw all the pieces together using countersink screws. Begin with the outer triangle, then add the shelves.

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Step 5: Fill and sand

Use wood filler to cover any screw-heads or gaps between joins. Allow to dry thoroughly before sanding smooth.

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Step 6: Paint

Cover the whole unit with a couple of coats of chalk paint, allowing it to dry between layers. To create a distressed effect, begin by spray-painting the shelves gold. DIY Christmas Tree Shelves - Alternative Christmas Tree do it youself manomano the handy mano thehandymano mano festive stockings decor decorations reusable gold white gold spray paint

Let this layer dry thoroughly before painting on a coat of chalk paint.

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Once this top coat is dry, use wire wool or fine sandpaper to distress the edges so that the gold glints through the white paint. Alternatively, you can paint gold paint onto the edges, on top of the white paint. 

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Step 7: Attach coat hooks

Drill pilot holes in the base section and screw in three coat hooks. Attach two brackets to the centre shelf and securely affix to the wall using wall-plugs and screws.

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And there you have a finished alternative Christmas tree!

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This article was written by Cassie Fairy. You can find Cassie’s blog ‘My Thrifty Life’ at Cassiefairy.com, where she shares daily blog posts about her home DIY projects, upcycled finds, budget recipes and plenty of inspiration for living a low-cost yet lovely life.

 

 

Christmas trees are a staple of the season, and a great way to make your house feel festive. If this year you don’t fancy splashing out on a new one, sweeping up the pine cones and topping up the reservoir, why not be a little experimentative and try your hand at making one of these creative alternative Christmas trees instead!

1. Invisible tree

What you’ll need: A metal structure to hang your strings from (eg. a steamer rack), fisherman’s string, lanyard rings, baubles, a hook

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  1. Attach your baubles at varying lengths to fisherman’s wire, then secure the other end to a lanyard ring.
  2. Attach the hook to your metal structure to allow it to hang from the ceiling
  3. Attach your baubles, figuring out the placement of lengths beforehand, to the structure. This may take some rearranging (and detangling!)

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2. Coffee Filters

What you’ll need: coffee filters, cardboard (eg. a cereal box), glue or a hot glue gun, [optional: spray paint, spray adhesive, glitter]Alternative christmas trees alternative different tree the handy mano manomano mano diy do it yourself festive coffee filter attached to cone

  1. Glue your cardboard into a conical shape. You may have to trim the bottom so it sits flat on the surface.
  2. Cut out the centre of your coffee filters and bunch the outside to create ruffles.
  3. Slide the coffee filter onto your base and then glue into place.
  4. Continue this process up the tree.
  5. Once finished, you can customise the tree however you like. You could attach the glitter with glue, or spray paint the tree in its entirety.

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3. String Lights

What you’ll need: fairy lights, blu tack or command strips [optional: baubles, tinsel, ribbon]

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  1. First, decide how you want your light tree to be on the wall. You can use blu tack to tack out and reposition where you want your points to be in order to get a clearer idea of how it will look.
  2. Start at a bottom corner and work your way up, crisscrossing the tree or simply creating a triangle outline if you prefer.
  3. Once finished, you can decorate your tree with baubles or stars attached to the wall, or alternatively leave it as just fairy lights.

You could even do this in the corner of a house to create a 3D effect….

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4. Tomato Cage 

What you’ll need: tomato cage, lights, rope/strong adhesive/tape

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  1. Turn your tomato cage upside down, and then pull the ends together to keep them in place.
  2. Wind your fairy lights around the structure of the tomato cage.
  3. Add decorations if you like, or leave as is.

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 5. String Art

What you’ll need: Nails or command hooks, string

  1. Decide where you want your string tree to go and use either a pencil or some blu tack to mark out the points.
  2. Hammer nails into the furthermost points of your tree, or, if you prefer not to make holes in your wall, use command hooks instead. Alternatively you could create this on a wooden board which you don’t mind hammering into.
  3. Wind your yarn around the outside points of the tree, and then work your way across, crisscrossing from point to point, until you’re happy with your design.Alternative christmas trees alternative different tree the handy mano manomano mano diy do it yourself festive string

6. Layered Sticks

What you’ll need: various twigs, fisherman’s string, a hook or command hook

  1. If you want to decorate your twigs for this project, it’s easiest to do this first, before assembly.
  2. Break down your twigs so they vary in size from very small to around a meter long (depending on how large you want your tree).
  3. Lay your twigs out on the floor in the order and spacing that you want.
  4. Start from the top, leaving a few inches of string spare. Wrap your string around the centre of the smallest twig and then tie a knot in place. Tie a knot at the bottom, leave a space of one inch, and tie another knot. From where this knot starts, wrap the string around the next twig down. Repeat until you get to the bottom of the tree.
  5. Take your spare string at the top and tie this around a hook, so you can use this to attach the tree to your ceiling.

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7. Christmas cards/photos

What you’ll need: cards or photos, blue tack

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Just attach them to the wall – this one’s that simple!
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You can use just about anything to create this, for example if want a more vintage look… Why not try using an (old and damaged!) book?
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Hopefully these photos have you feeling festive, and inspired to create your own Christmas tree, whether you have one already or not! If you do have your own tree and you want to know Christmas tree hacks for setting it up and making it last longer, find out how here. Feeling stressed about preparing for Christmas? We have these five top tips for the perfect Christmas at home.

Sources: popsugar, notmartha

 

8 Tips to Make Your Tree Last Longer This Christmas

5 Top Tips for the Perfect Home at Christmas

Got that friend or family member who does everything for themselves and is SO difficult to buy for? We’ve put together our top 10 gifts for the handyman, full of gadgets and tools which will excite and amaze them this Christmas.

1. Pocket Multi-tool

For the friend or family member who has everything – give them all they could need in one handy tool! This multi-tool has pliers, scissors, a can opener, a knife, a blade… anything you can think of, it has it. All the components are locking, keeping it safe to use. 

Don’t want to splash the cash? Why not check out this beautiful wallet friendly version. It features a rosewood handle and stainless steel blade.

2. Surgru

We stand by that sugru might be one of the coolest products out there. It’s a moldable glue, which makes it super versatile. It can be used for anything from fixing fraying wires, creating a holder for your cords or even fixing together broken objects. The opportunities are endless!

3. Leather Tool Belt

This split suede leather belt with contrast stitching and six different pockets is not only incredibly useful, but also looks pretty fantastic. It features a quick release button for ease of use, and a spot for all your most used tools, including a leather loop for your hammer and a pouch for pliers (or perhaps for a handy pocket multi-tool…)

For a more wallet friendly version, this split grain leather bag is equally stylish and around half the price. It has a heavy steel hammer holder and multiple pockets.

4. Flame torch

Let’s be honest… if you get someone a flame torch (especially if that someone is male) they’ll probably be pretty excited about it, and we can’t blame them. As well as being a cool thing to own and great conversation piece at dinner parties when someone asks how you got the Crème brûlée so crisp, they can also be super useful – for you know, actual handyman stuff! Small soldering jobs around the house will be sorted in an instant.

5. Digital micrometer

Want a gift for a perfectionist? This micrometer measures things down to a T, making sure that you get the most accurate of measurements. Looking for a wallet friendly version? We’ve got you covered.

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5. Magnetic wristband

If your handy friend or family member is also a little clumsy and constantly finds themselves losing things they need around the workshop, why not help them out with a magnetic wrist band? This straps around your wrist (so it can’t be lost!) and can be used to store little items like nails, screws, and drill bits.

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6. Drill holster

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This split leather drill holder features two pockets, and is suitable for most small and medium cordless drills. Not to mention, it’s pretty stylish too!

7. Work light

For those who just want something practical for Christmas, this work light should do the trick. It’s made from a sturdy steel frame, and is foldable for practicality. It gives off a cool, bright light that should put a stop to any strained eyes.

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For a wallet friendly version, this aluminium light features a protective grill and an adjustable stand.

8. Laser Distancer

Everyone wants something with ‘laser’ in the name, and this is actually a useful tool too, so it’s a win-win! This little tool provides ease and accuracy in measurements, saving time and reducing the chance of human error. Don’t worry, we have a wallet friendly version too.

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9. Knee pads

Whether old or young it’s important to protect your knees when doing jobs, for comfort as well as health! These knee pads provide great protection, have a hinge for ease of movement, and will prevent the constant searching for pillows.

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10. Laser Level

Photos always go on the wall wonky? Spirit leveler just not doing the trick? Take it a step up by giving this laser level. This projects lasers onto the wall, allowing the user to do everything from aligning tiles to putting wallpaper up with ease.

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Hopefully this list provided you with some useful inspiration for what to get your DIYer friend or family this christmas. Looking to get more into the christmas spirit? Why not check out this post on how to make your Christmas tree last longer. Want to make your own presents? This hanging side table, or wooden bath tray would both make fantastic gifts!

Love look and smell of Christmas trees but sick of the mess, the spillage, and the cats jumping all over your decorations? We’ve put together our top 8 best tips for Christmas tree care to help you save the stress and enjoy the holidays!

Christmas Tree Care:

1. Saw it

You’ll want to measure your tree against the height of your room before setting it up. If you need to make any adjustments to the base of the tree, measure and cut these outside to avoid getting sawdust all over your living room! Consider sawing a little off even if you don’t need to – it opens the pores up, and this increases water absorption.

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2. Bringing it in

If your tree has netting, be sure to keep this on for as long as you can. Bring your tree inside and set it up (making sure it’s far away from any heat sources). Only then should you remove the netting – this way, there should be minimal mess!

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 3. Water fuss

Trees need a loooot of water. Use a reservoir stand that holds at least a gallon, and keep it topped up with water. When first bringing your tree inside, the best method for christmas tree care is to get it up and in water as soon as possible.

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4. Watering alternatives

If you don’t have a reservoir, be prepared to do a lot of watering. You can use a funnel to help this process a little easier. We’d also recommend putting some plastic sheets on the floor to protect it from spills. A snow saucer also acts as a very good collector of spills and drips.

 5. Bag it up

Buy a tree disposal bag, or if you don’t have one of these, cut the end off the bottom of one strong bin bag and attach it to another to form a long tube, which is shut at the bottom. Cut a hole in this sealed side and slip it over the base of your tree. Tuck the excess of your bag into your tree stand.8 Christmas Tree Tips Everyone Should Know the handy mano manomano mano diy do it yourself christmas festive timesaving hacks hack tree decoration animal

When you eventually want to take the tree outside, you can bring the bag around it and carry it out without also carrying bits of tree through the house.

Alternatively, when it comes to remove your tree, you can use cling film to wrap it up before taking it through the house.

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6. Fireproofing

It’s important to fireproof your christmas tree. Spray your tree with antitranspirant to reduce evaporation. This will help keep your tree fresher and make it more fire safe.

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As well as this, consider using a homemade fireproofing spray. These are usually made from some combination of water, borax, alum, boric acid, bleach and salts, and once sprayed on, it will protect your tree. Use UL approved lights and never leave it unattended when lit.

7. Animal troubles?

If you have a pesky cat or dog who loves playing with the tree (and scattering needles everywhere), you can stop them with some simple fishing wire. Attach this to skirting boards or walls and prevent your animals from getting to the tree.

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8. After Christmas

Trees can be recycled in a number of ways. If you have space at the end of your garden to tuck it away and leave it until Spring, when it can be chopped into garden mulch.

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You can also leave them in lakes or ponds where they’ll sink to the bottom and provide a place for creatures to live and lay eggs (but always check with your local council before doing this). You may also have a Christmas tree recycling program near you that can pick up your trees to dispose of the for you.

We hope these tips for Christmas tree care help you keep the stress levels low and allow you to enjoy the holidays to their fullest. If you have a need to be praised for your beautiful Christmas tree, we’re here for you! Just send a photo over to our Facebook page. Sick of decorations spilling everywhere and need a neat way to organise them? Check out our (money-saving) decoration storage guide. Determined to have the perfect Christmas? Lucky you – we have a guide for that too!

 

Sources: The Family Handyman, Clean Organized Family Home, Almanac