Try something new this year with a space-saving, alternative Christmas tree that can even display cards from friends and family. You’ll need:4×8-foot sheet of luan; latex paint or water-based stain; staining pad (if using stain); drill; 1/2-inch paddle bit; colored craft string; upholstery tacks or push pins; 6-foot strand of 12-gauge wire; tennis ball; picture nail; hammer; battery-operated LED twinkle lights; duct tape in metallic finish; scissors; chalk.
Create a Triangle
There are two different ways to have the Christmas tree card display cut to size. For a small fee, most home improvement stores will cut 4×8-foot sheets for you, charging for each individual cut. Homeowners with moderate DIY skills can cut the luan to size themselves by using a straight edge and chalk to mark a triangle, then cutting it with a jigsaw. A good size properly scaled for most rooms is 5×3 feet.
Drill Hole for Hanging
Use chalk to mark a small hole approximately 3 inches from the top center of the triangular luan. Attach 1/4-inch paddle bit to drill, then add a hole through the luan.