DIY Paint Stick Christmas Tree Decor // Part 1

DIY Paint Stick Christmas Tree Decor // Part 1


– Welcome to DIY for Homeowners
by Mother Daughter Projects. I’m Steph. – I’m Vicki! – And today we’re gonna show
you how we made these cute little trees with a very special material. – They’re paint sticks! We’re usin’ small ones, we’re usin’ the five gallon ones, and we’re using a wood dowel. – And this is actually a
collaboration we’re doing with a friend we met over the
summer at a DIY conference, her name is Christina and
she makes great videos here on YouTube at Pretty Distressed. – We asked Christina to
find us a project to do that we could build it and
then she could finish it, and she found a Christmas
tree on Pottery Barn’s website that’s been discontinued, and this is our interpretation
of that Christmas tree. – So after this video, we’re
literally getting these in a shipping box and
we’re shipping them to her and we have no idea what she’s gonna do, but we know it’s gonna be awesome. We can’t wait to see it. And there’ll be a link to
that part two of this video in the link below. – And we wanna thank The Home Depot for sponsoring this video. – And as always, all the materials we use will be linked in the description below, so check that out. – Let’s get started. – [Steph] You’ll need two packages of large five gallon paint sticks. These are available at The Home Depot in packages of three for under a dollar. We’re making all the
cuts on the miter saw, which is set at 60 degrees
to make all the top angles. Then, adjust the miter saw to 31.6 degrees to cut the pieces to the
various lengths needed. We did the same with the wood dowels. Next, mom glued the top of
the wood dowels together. You can see we’re using
construction hot glue that is a stronger bond
than regular hot glue. Then, mom glued the paint sticks together. She tried scraping off the
excess glue as she worked. She got everything in place and then glued those pieces together. The glue really worked well
because it dries quickly. (Christmas orchestral music) Mom left some excess at the bottom that she cut off on the miter saw. And look, she’s so proud of herself. It was at this point that we realized there was a little too much
excess glue on the back and tried to remove it. We tried removing it the best we could, as it will be a challenge to
finish this part of the tree. Sorry, Christina. To make the base, we’re
using a one inch wood dowel and some nuts and bolts. We found the same size drill bit and drilled into one dowel first. Then, we lined up all three base pieces and drilled all the way through. Mom glued the back support to the tree and then attached the base. And here it is. For the second tree, mom
followed the same process but just used regular paint sticks which you can buy in packages
of 10 for under a dollar. And because it was a challenge
removing the hot glue, she used wood glue and just
waited for it to dry this time. What we learned!
– What we learned. I learned a whole lot
about cutting angles. I’m fairly new to using
a miter saw on my own and I had a little trouble
getting the angles correct and figuring out where they needed to go. So, I kept this little
piece by my miter saw so I could be sure that I was
laying the board out correctly otherwise, I would get the
cuts in the wrong place. – One thing we noticed about the base is we basically sandwiched
these two dowels together with a paint stick in the middle. And what we noticed is
they got a little off on both of them, so what
I would probably recommend is making the paint stick in
the middle a little bit shorter so that doesn’t become an issue and it doesn’t stick out. – And because I had so much difficulty originally making those angle cuts, buy more materials than you need because you may end up needing them. – The whole time we were making these, we realized we needed to mail them ’cause already knew we
were gonna be sending them to Christina, so we
always kept that in mind and that’s why we made the base removable. So we used just a nut and bolt so that we could take these two parts off, and then we can lay it flat and easily put it in a shipping box. But that also may mean that it’s great for when you’re packing up
your Christmas decorations, you can easily store these. – If you like this video, be
sure to give us a thumbs up and be sure to check
out Christina’s video. – We’ll see ya’ next time! – Bye guys! (saw whirring) – If you like this project, we have some more
holiday projects for ya’. Right here, you can see how we made an alternative Christmas
tree using green bottles. – And right here you can see
an A-framed Christmas tree that Steph’s using it in her house. – I just set it up just last week, it’s still awesome.
– It’s pretty cool. – Yeah.
– Yes. – It’s my favorite.

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