Laura Blechle from White Flag Christian Church in St. Louis, MO brings us this reclaimed wood wall and Christmas trees.
They made the wall from free pallets that they found at a local recycling center. They were then cut apart using a Sawzall. They were afraid that they would not have enough reclaimed wood, so they began with a base of longer cedar boards that they had left over from another stage design. Their inspiration came from Journey Church and their Over Throne design.
Their walls were actually 5 sections, each 8’w x 12’h. Once they were all screwed together, the total wall length was 40’. It was 2×4 construction faced with thin plywood. The slats were attached to the wall using a nail gun. They then added their Christmas trees.
These were made of whitewashed 2×4’s with a large holes drilled in the center and slipped onto a piece of threaded black pipe (Home Depot will cut and thread it to the length you need at no extra charge). They attached a metal flange to the tree stand, screwed the black pipe on, and then began to stack their boards, placing a small spacer between each board. Once all the boards were in place, they screwed a cap on the pipe and then twisted the boards around the pipe to get a nice shaped tree.
The trees were: 12’h x 8’w, 10’h x 6’w, and three 8’h x 4’w. Each tree took detailed planning for how long to cut each board to achieve the proper dimensions, but they were in approximately 1-1 ½ inch increments. They also hung Edison bulbs to add a soft glow, purchased from 1000bulbs.com.
Out in the lobby they built some stands from reclaimed wood and on Christmas Eve used them to serve treats. The ornaments on the Christmas trees were made of wooden discs bought on Etsy and then branded with a branding iron purchased from Branding-Irons.biz.