Yeah, I know, I’m a photographer (you can see my original design photo Christmas ornaments here and photo cuff bracelets here.) But I also think of myself as someone who likes to create — and I don’t limit myself to one medium.
Since Art and I left South Florida and purchased a not-so-common house in a barn that we dubbed Swallow’s Nest, I have been on overdrive creating stuff (not to mention fixing things that we didn’t think were going to need fixing. But, that is another blog entry). I apologize for the phone photography, but I didn’t want to stop to take better images.
Today, I completed an easy project using reclaimed wood that we found in one of the pole barns. For years, these pieces of wood languished in that pole barn after they were ripped from another home that had been built many decades earlier.
Since I’m all about low-cost or no-cost decorating, I decided to whip out my new pin nailer and build something for Christmas.
This project is as simple as it gets. I used an air-compressed brad (pin) nailer, 1 1/4-inch brad nails and a chop saw to build these trees. That’s it. Did I already reveal my love for power tools? Well, the secret is out now.
Step one: Collect wood of varying lengths from the old pole barn and haul it back to Swallow’s Nest barn.
Step two: Cut ends at 45-degree angles using the chop saw.
Step three: Position said wood in the center of a reclaimed post. I used a scrap piece of wood to act as a spacer to make all the wood slat spacing even. I used a tape measure to find the center of each slat.
Step four: Use brad nailer and 1 1/4-inch brad nails to attach the slats to the post.
That’s it. All that is left to do is plant these little guys in front of Swallow’s Nest. Now, YOU go out there an create something. Extra points if you reuse or repurpose something in the process!