Hey, everyone! I’m Sarah from Little Red Brick House and I am thrilled to be contributing here at Domestically Speaking today! Thank you so much for having me on the team, Maryann! I can’t wait to get to know everyone a little better. 🙂
Since Christmas is just a few weeks away, I thought I’d share my Knock-off Crate & Barrel Ornament Trees with you today. These were pretty simple and inexpensive to make. I just love how cute they are and how easy it is to change out the theme of the ornaments. They come in either wood or metal finish but they must have discontinued the wood ones because I only see the metal ones on their website now.
- 1/2″ x 2″ x 4′ poplar boards
- Thin metal rods (I used a spare metal tomato cage)
- Wood Glue
- Drill and drill bit
- Metal cutting tool (I used an old PVC pipe cutter and by the time I was done cutting it was ruined. Oopsie!)
First I cut the angles for all of my wood boards. This part was really tricky because my miter saw didn’t have the settings for the angles I needed. My husband rigged up some type of jig and ended up getting them to how I wanted them. I want to say that they are cut at about 70 degrees at the top and 15 degrees on the bottom where they join the bottom piece .
I stained all of my wood boards with Rustoleum’s Dark Walnut.
After the stain dried I marked where I wanted my metal rods to be and drilled shallow holes into the wood boards with a drill bit. I measured the length for my metal rods and then cut them to size with my PVC cutter.
I applied glue to all of my joints and quickly popped the metal rods into place, trying not to let the glue drip everywhere. A wet napkin took care of any drips or spills. I clamped the top boards together, as well as the bottom board and stand and then taped the two bottom joints with painter’s tape to hold them in place while the glue dried.
After 24 hours, I took off the clamps and peeled off the tape. Now it was time to decorate!
Aren’t they cute?! I used mini ornaments to decorate them because the size was more proportional. I popped the tops of the ornaments off and placed the hanger part over the rod while attaching the rest of the ornament from underneath.
Some of the rods were angled steep enough that the ornaments kept sliding down, so I remedied that by placing a tiny drop of hot glue on the back side. Problem solved!
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