Holiday House 2013

How to Make Rustic Nail-Head Christmas Trees

To add rustic charm and curb appeal during the holidays designer Dan Faires makes tree silhouettes with plywood and nail heads.

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Materials Needed:

  • three 3/4" sheets of plywood
  • large piece of cardboard
  • box cutter
  • jigsaw
  • palm sander
  • medium-grit palm sander pads
  • dark walnut stain
  • disposable rags or staining pads
  • box of penny nails
  • hammer
  • pencil
  • two 2x4s
  • landscaping spotlights
  • straight edge
  • measuring tape
  • shovel
  • drill
  • 1" wood screws

Trace Christmas Tree

Lay cardboard out on a flat, level surface. Trace one half of a Christmas tree silhouette, length-wise, onto cardboard using the edge of the cardboard as the center point.

Cut Christmas Tree Template

On a flat, level surface, cut half Christmas tree template from cardboard using box cutter.

Find and Mark Center Point of Plywood

Use measuring tape to determine center point of plywood sheet. Mark center point with pencil and straight edge. (This will create a perfectly straight line up the center of the plywood.) This line will be your guide for placing, then flipping and reversing, the half Christmas tree template.

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