DIY Vintage Style Wood Dowel Tree

DIY Vintage Style Wood Dowel Tree

PicMonkey CollageDSC_5433Hi guys! Since we have a puppy in the house this year, Daryl and I were a bit nervous about putting up our full size tree. Everything goes in her mouth at the moment and she is infamous for tearing things to shreds in seconds. So, this year we decided tabletop trees were going to be our safest bet. I saw this wooden tree diy in a 1961 Fall/Winter issue of McCall’s Needlework and Crafts Magazine. It was from an article on Christmas trees you could make for displays at bazaars. I went with the classic dowel style tree to display some of my favorite ornaments. Check it out:

Here’s What You Need:

*3/4″ Wooden Dowel

*1/4″ Wooden Dowels- 4

*Wood Plaque

*Green Paint

*Sealer

*Drill and Drill Bits

*Saw

*Sandpaper

Here is the original:

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Instructions:

Basically, you mark where you want your limbs to be. Drill a hole in your large dowel with your drill. I drilled my holes randomly so my limbs would be not so uniform. Once you have all your holes drilled, sand the holes. Now decide how long you want your bottom two limbs to be. Mark and cut with your saw. Sand the ends. Make your next two limbs shorter, then the two after even shorter, graduating the length, making the shortest limbs at the top. Drill a hole the width of your big dowel in the center of your plaque. Insert the big dowel in the plaque hole. Insert your limbs in the holes in the big dowel. Paint your tree green. When the paint is dry, apply a level of sealer.

DSC_5765 DSC_5769 DSC_5441 DSC_5437I love how my dowel tree turned out! It holds some of my absolute favorite Christmas ornaments including my Glitterville Flakes ornaments. I added some tinsel to add some more design to it. I am going to display this tree on my kitchen table. It looks really cute in my kitchen! I found this diy pretty easy and fun. I will say that my 1/4″ limbs are a little fragile. I’ve already broken one, so if you are a klutz like me, buy extra dowels. I hope you guys will make one of these fun trees for your home this year! I think it would be a fun Halloween or Valentine tree too! I’ll be back tomorrow with another holiday DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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