December 4, 2012
Just like that, December is already here! Have you received any holiday cards in the mail yet? My latest project is this card display made with just a few basic materials.
You will need:
Corse grit sandpaper
Plywood (purchased a large birch square from the woodworking section of the home improvement store)
Metal tacks or nails
Step 1: Along one edge of the plywood board, make a small pencil mark at 20 inches. This will be the bottom of the tree.
Step 2: Along the opposite edge (top of the tree) make a pencil mark at 10 inches.
Step 3: With masking tape, you will now prep the plywood to minimize splintering while sawing. Lay down a long piece of masking tape at a diagonal, starting at the top pencil mark and ending at the bottom mark. Lay down another long piece of masking tape, starting at the top pencil mark and ending at the bottom left corner of the plywood, forming a triangle. Over the masking tape, draw a line connecting the top pencil mark to the bottom mark and bottom left corner. This is your guide for sawing.
Step 4: Brace the plywood on a sawhorse with clamps, and saw along your pencil lines, starting from the bottom of the tree.
Step 5: After the triangle is cut out, smooth rough edges with corse grit sandpaper.
Step 6: Starting at bottom right corner, nail in or tack the end of the leather cord. Use a hammer to drive in the nail/tack.
Step 7: Pull the leather cord taut over to the left side of the tree. Make sure the leather is pulled tight and flat against the plywood. About 6 inches from the bottom, nail or tack in the leather cord. Before hammering in the nail/tack in deeper into the plywood, pull the cord tight over to the right side of the tree. Repeat this process, zigzagging the leather cord all the way to the top, taking care to keep the leather tight and flat.
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