Sunday, October 31, 2010

1st Place Christmas Tree

The holidays are a time for counting blessings, cheerful acts of kindness and mandatory well wishing.  But love towards your fellow man aside, it's the perfect time for you to be the champion holiday host with this competition-ready Christmas tree.  Sure, Aunt Trudy has the best stuffing, and Gramps wins best holiday sweater hands down, but wait till they get a load of this stunner.

I have recently developed an obsession for old trophies, collecting them for the last few months with no intended purpose.  Then the obvious hit me: turn them into a Christmas tree.  Well, okay, maybe not obvious, BUT when you take one look at this tree you'll never look at a trophy the same way again.

Here's how you can make your own.

First off, you'll need some trophies that you can disassemble.  I found mine in various places (i.e. thrift/junk shops, ebay, garage sales, etc).

You'll also need some wood cut to a variety of sizes and shapes, a slender dowel rod, a drill, some screws of varying lengths, a tape measurer, a hammer, a pen, paints and brushes.  The cost of this project can vary widely depending how cheaply you can acquire your trophies and if you're able to find some free wood scraps.  Recycle, recycle, recycle!

Creating a sturdy, wide base ensures that your trophy tree (which is very top heavy and awkward in terms of weight distribution) will not tip over on you.  I used a piece of salvaged ply wood that looked to be a good size for the size of my tree.  I then used a salvaged piece of 4x4 for the base of my tree's trunk.

I made small trophies using the scraps of wood that a friend gave me.  Then I tried stacking the wood in different combinations to get a feel for the shape that my tree would take.

I took the pieces of wood off my trunk and began assembling my first branch.  I used a dowel rod to create pegs for the underside of the branch and drilled holes into the trunk.  This allowed me to easily assemble and disassemble the tree later for easy transport.

I continued making branches, each one shorter than its predecessor.   Note: make sure that the trophies on opposite side of the branch are fairly equal in weight, using the center of your branch as a fulcrum.    This will help keep your tree from tipping off center as it grows taller.

Now most people would probably want to paint their tree prior to assembling it, but I didn't think that far ahead.  Secondly I knew that I was using two tones of green and that I wanted a gradient effect that would have been hard to paint prior to making the full thing.

For the final touch I added some some fake spray snow. 

Voila!  Now your Christmas caroling set-list can include a little "Eye of the Tiger" and "We Are the Champions."  No one will question whether or not you're top dog this holiday season.


shopSCAD said...

So cool! Love it Kyle!

pamma said...

you are so amazing!
love it!!!

RobinG. said...

Very cool Kipper. However I am unclear as to how to utilize the furry white dog in the project. Clarify?

EDiddy said...

@Robin - Wrap it around the base with a little glue and use it as a tree skirt. :)

It's an amazing tree! Can you ship to Texas?