Home Hardware

Tree-mendous

Simple, stunning, and easy-to-store make this a must-do project!

Treemendous!Simple, stunning, and easy-to-store make this a must-do project!

If your winter landscape is devoid of the perfectly lit tree, our Norman Rockwell scene is just a few two-by-fours away.

What You'll Need
Tools

Materials
  • 2" x 4" (3 per tree) length depends on desired tree height
  • scrap 3/4" plywood
  • 3-1/2" # 8 screws 2174-710
  • 1-1/2" # 8 screws 2183-196
  • 6" strap hinge
  • 12" standard spiral nails (3 per tree)
  • 2" roofing nails
  • epoxy glue 2040-142
  • carpenter's glue 2020-164
  • exterior string lights - Home Hardware has an extensive selection of styles and colours
  • black electrical tape

TreemendousHere's How
Check with your local Home Hardware Building Centre to see what lengths of 2 x 4s are available.
  1. Cut the top of the A-frame legs at a 15° angle.
  2. Join the top together with glue and four 3-1/2" # 8 screws. Reinforce the back of the joint with a triangle cut from 3/4" plywood. Glue and fasten over the joint with 1-1/2" #8 screws.
  3. Cut the back leg 10% longer than the front and attach with the hinge.
  4. Insert spikes in the feet of each leg to help prevent your tree from blowing over in heavy winds. Fill a drilled hole with epoxy glue before inserting the spike.
  5. Along the front face of the A-frame, drill 1/8" pilot holes 1" deep at 3" intervals. Tap in the 2" roofing nails.
  6. Begin at the bottom of one leg and loop the light strings across to the other leg over the nails, back and forth to the top. Start the lights higher up the leg if you normally get a lot of snow.
  7. Tape the plugs together with electrical tape to prevent them from pulling apart.
  8. Work extra lights into the top and then work your way back down to the bottom of the tree.