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Thursday, December 16, 2010

12 Days of DIY :: Day 2 :: Balsa Wood Mini Tree

This DIY project is perfect for those in apartments (or other small spaces) where bringing in a full size Christmas tree just doesn't work. I know I've lived in a few apartments in my day that I lovingly refer to as "shoeboxes", and I was always a little down at Christmas because I couldn't have a tree. This neat little project from Design*Sponge is the DIY solution to that problem!

  • 4 – 6 sheets of  1/32″ x 3″ x 36″ balsa wood (this should be available at craft, art, and hobby shops)
  • pencil
  • exacto/utility knife with sharp blade
  • cutting mat
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • 3/8″ thick dowel 20″ long
  • hole punch tool (these are available at craft and art supply stores)
  • hammer
  • ruler
  • birch log slice (or any wood circle or block that has a bit of weight and a flat surface)
  • 2″ nail
  • drill with 3/8″ boring bit (optional)
  • tree limb templates (feel free to enlarge for a bigger tree. at 100% these templates will make a tree 11″ wide and about 20″ tall)
  • template 1
  • template 2
  • template 3

Get the full instructions and more photos at Design*Sponge

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