Today’s first DIY project comes from Tinca and Evgen of the blog Hello Yellow House. Based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, these talented architects have spent the last year restoring a home and documenting their projects online. As the holiday season got closer, they decided they wanted to make decorations that suited their modern style, while avoiding plastic as much as possible. So instead, they came up with this beautiful, minimalist wooden tree that uses a steel bar to let the tree branches turn and move. I loved the project so much I asked Tinca and Evgen if we could share it here and thankfully, they were game! I know so many people don’t have the time or interest in bringing real trees home, so if you’re looking for something a bit more modern, without the sticky sap residue, this project is for you. xo, grace
*This project involves metal and welding, so please be sure you’re comfortable or familiar with welding tools before attempting.
Reprinted with permission from Hello Yellow House:
What You’ll Need:
-20×20 cm (7.8 inches x 7.8 inches) square piece of steel
-1m long (3.2 feet) steel rod
-Drill with wood and steel bits
-Metal ring with screw (to hold branches in place)
-Wooden planks or scraps for branches (see below for cut sizes)
-Black paint (optional)
-Wood oil (optional)
Steps (for the base):
1. Using a steel bit, drill a hole in the center of your square piece of steel.
2. Weld the rod and square piece of steel together.
3. Attach the metal ring and screw into place at your desired height. For the example above it was attached 20cm from the base (7.8 inches).
4. Optional: Paint the entire stand black.
Steps (for the branches):
1. You will need to make 31 pieces of wood to replicate the project above. However, you can easily scale down the entire project and fewer pieces if you’d like to make a smaller tree.
2. Your pieces should be an even 1 inch square all the way around. Then you’ll need 31 pieces that are each 2 cm longer than the previous piece. Your shortest piece (the top of the tree) will be a 1-inch cube and the longest piece (the bottom of the tree) will be 64.6 cm long.
3. Once you have your cuts made, drill a hole in the center of each piece. For the smallest piece, don’t drill all the way through. That way the top of the tree acts like a cap for the entire piece.
4. Once the pieces are cut and drilled, you can (optional) stain them with oil. This project used IKEA’s Behandla oil.
5. Once the pieces have dried, add them to the rod, starting with the longest. Once they’re all on, take it for a spin!
For more details, see Hello Yellow House’s post here!