The Scrap Tree – Christmas Ornament


It is that time of the year again – the time where I have too much wood in the shop. No, actually, it is almost Christmas. So why not do something that helps you out with both? I present to you the Scrap Tree, a simple yet effective decoration, and one that will reduce your scrap heaps in the process. And as even more of a gift from me to you, you can find the Template for a mini-version here! Merry Christmas, and remember to be Inspired!

Scrap Tree Variations

On top of what I show you in the video, there are a number of other ideas that can make your personal Tree of Scraps more unique and also more decorative. Having more exotic woods available would be a start, but you can achieve the same using stains. These small scraps do not require much and make a great excuse to finally use up all those leftovers.

Another obvious wa to go, considering that this is to be a tree, would be to paint it green. But other colors are possible, too, and I imagine going all out rainbow, while it would be tricky to mix such a large number of hues, would look awesome. A good middle ground would be to paint most of the pieces green with a few in red and gold in between.

A little more complex would be to actually decorate the tree. For that, glue all the pieces together the way you want them to, then use a hole saw to cut holes into the branches. Make sure to sand it well and paint to match the rest of the tree if applicable. Then take a small eyelet, screw it into the top of the hole and hang small ornaments on them or, even better, bells for an additional effect.

You can even turn this decoration into a Advent calendar by adding 24 holes (which would be tricky) or pegs to hang things from. This would be especially fun for the kids to make little ornaments for each day and decorate the tree that way.

Another option would be to make the tree from 24 slices, and build it up approaching Christmas. Using 48 pieces or any other multiple of 24 would work as well, if you want to have a taller tree. If you have the time on hand (which I doubt approaching Christmas), you could make one piece each day and decorate it differently.

 

I hope you enjoyed this project. If you make a Scrap Tree of your own please let me know – I would love to see pictures (send them to dominic@dominicswoodworks.com). Also, if you are already in the Christmas spirit or want to get there, check out my other Christmas projects. Thanks for stopping by, and remember to be Inspired!

 

Oh, and since this was my entry to the Christmas Ornament Challenge 2016, do not forget to check out the other entries!

 

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