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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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Add Paint or Stain

In a well-ventilated area, apply stain to plywood using disposable rags or staining pads. Due to sun-fading, it's wise to use 2 to 3 coats of stain, allowing approximately 2 hours dry time between each coat. Note: For a more graphic, high-contrast wood-grain effect, use a dark stain such as dark walnut or ebony. For a colorful, painted look, apply 2 coats of exterior paint with paintbrush or roller handle, allowing approximately 2 hours of dry time between each coat.

Add Penny Nails to Perimeter

Add penny rounds along perimeter of tree silhouette by applying penny nails, one at a time, with hammer. Tip: To cut down on the amount of time and the amount of penny nails needed, leave 1/4-inch space between each nail head. For the most graphic effect from a far distance, consider adding two or three rows around the perimeter.

Add Words With Nail Heads

For an extra layer of decoration, consider adding words to your tree silhouette by tracing letters or numbers directly to cardboard, cutting with a box cutter, then tracing directly to plywood. Add penny nails to traced outline with hammer.

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