Copper + Wood: The Ultimate Faux Tree

Whether your landlord won't allow it, or you simply don't have the space and money for a real tree, this minimal ornament tree is here to salvage your holiday spirit.

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November 02, 2018
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Many renters simply aren't allowed a real tree. And even those who can have the real thing may not have the space and money required to house one each year. This adorable alternative is the perfect solution, taking up very little floor space and coming to the rescue year after year.

Materials Needed

  • (2) 1x3 x 6’ pine boards
  • (1) 1x3 x 3’ pine board
  • (2) 1x3 x 1’ pine boards
  • miter saw
  • stain
  • cloth
  • wood glue
  • clamp

Build Frame

Begin by cutting each 6-foot board at a 13-degree angle on one end and a 72-degree angle on the other. Cut as little off as possible while still achieving the angles and ensure the two boards are the same length. Glue and clamp the tops of the boards together to create a “V” shape. Glue the two bottoms to the ends of the 29-1/2-inch pine board and use finishing nails to hold the frame together. Once the glue has had time to set, remove the clamp from the top and secure with finishing nails.

Note: While you can leave the base piece as is, you may also opt to cut both ends at a 77-degree angle.

Attach Copper Rails

To facilitate easy decorating (and add a little glitz!), this tree needs some copper rails. Fit in a 24-inch piece of 1/2-inch copper pipe at the bottom of the tree and mark the points where it touches on each side. Use a tape measure to mark every 10 inches from there. Measure the distance from each sides' relative points, and measure and cut pipe to fit in each slot. Drill pilot holes at each mark and use screws to hold the pipes in place.

Attach Feet and Decorate

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Secure the frame perpendicularly to the two 1-foot boards with wood glue and finishing nails. Decorate with ornaments as you would a real tree for the ultimate tree alternative.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

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