Jeff Dietz from Grace Fellowship North in Katy, TX brings us these super rugged Christmas trees.
They wanted a rustic natural and wood look for Christmas this year rather than greenery. So they found some dead leafless trees and made some old fence picket Christmas trees to give them a forest look and at the same time crafty trees that would crest depth and contrast when grabbing the stage lighting.
They used old fence sections and broke the pockets into pieces. Then they took a nail gun and cut 2×4’s to the desired heights they wanted. In their case they made a 5′, 6′, 10′ and 12′ trees. They then made the shape of their trees starting with wider pieces at the bottom and spaced them out getting smaller at the top. They left about 2 1/2 inches between boards so they could come back and stick pieces of wood coming out at all angles. The desire here was to create all kinds of shadows and angles to grab the colored up or down lighting. Then they began at the bottom and worked their way up as you would shingling a roof – each piece overlapping the one above it. You want larger pieces at the bottom and skinnier and shorter pieces as you go up.
Their cost was about $3.00 in brad nails for their nail gun, time dumpster diving for fence sections, and sweat in building. They finished it off by putting a large eye bolt in the top of the 2x4s and using black Parachord to suspend them from rafters in the ceiling.