When our office was about to dispose our Christmas tree early this month, I asked them if I could keep the trunk so I could use it for a craft project. I have been eyeing this birch branch votive set from Terrain and thought about doing a pine tree version.
I didn't have the right tools for this project so I was lucky that the carpenter from the maintenance department where my mom works was kind enough to help me.
I asked him to cut the tree crosswise in 4 inches, 3 inches, and 2 inches. The smaller the diameter, the shorter the cut.
This was the result:
And then he sanded both ends to produce a smooth surface. The dust from the pine made the workshop smell like Christmas!
Sanding the surface also brought out the nice rings of the tree. Look at the pretty circles!
I traced the tea light candle on the wood and the carpenter drilled through it.
Here is the end product:
Different sizes from two to four inches tall.
They look nice when lit up.
You could still smell the pine tree and the sap is still there. I am thinking of applying a coat of varnish to protect the candle holders from insects.
You like? :)
I want to make more of these but the next batch of pine tree won't be around until Christmas time. I am considering a different tree though. I just need to look for a place to find good tree branches.