How to make icy-pole Christmas decorations
It's time to use that high school maths! You're going to need a tape measure and some basic geometry for this bit – we're creating an isosceles triangle for our base.! Our timber length is 1200mm long, and we'll need to cut it into three pieces. Cut two lengths at 450mm each and one at 300mm. Take your square and draw a straight line – these will be your cut marks.
After you've marked up, grab your clamps and handsaw and cut your timber to size. Make sure you wear safety gloves and eye protection for this bit – those saws are sharp!
Once you've cut your lengths, stack them on top of each other in a triangle shape, and mark out the sides of your tree. Lay the 300mm piece along the bottom and the two longer sections in either corner, meeting at the top to form the triangle. The sides of the tree will sit flush inside each other, so take a pencil and mark up where you need to cut. Rule your lines to make sure they are straight. Once you've done this, repeat the above step and cut your lengths to size, using a sanding block to smooth the edges once they're done.
Once all the sides are sanded and brushed clean, you're ready to glue. We're using No Mess Quick Fix adhesive. This stuff sets like concrete, so be careful when applying. Pop on your protective gloves and apply some glue to the edges, fix together, and hold for a few minutes while the glue binds.
Grab your wider timber piece and a square and measure 150mm. Use your handsaw to cut the base to size. Once you've done this, give it a quick sand to remove any rough edges.
Once your base is ready, grab your timber tree frame and glue it to the base. Like before, wait a few minutes for the glue to bind, holding in place to assist with adhesion.
This is the fun bit! You can decorate your tree any way you like – we chose a decorative star for the top, and wrapped it with battery-operated fairy lights – you can pick these up at Bunnings. But really, anything looks great.
This is an awesome craft project to get the kids involved with – if you've got any left-over sample pots of paint, consider painting your tree a fun, festive colour. And why not get creative with sizes? Pairing various sized triangles together in a cluster looks fabulous – have fun! ‘Tis the season, after all!…