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How to make an upcycled ruler Christmas tree

Upcycled ruler Christmas tree

A while ago I saw a brilliant image on Pinterest of a Christmas tree made of vintage rulers. I thought I would attempt it this year and have been buying up old wooden rulers and cribbage boards whenever I see them. Thankfully you can get them for a few pounds and I seem to have amassed a lot!

Equipment needed to make an upcycled ruler Christmas tree:
collection of vintage wooden rulers
mitre block
PVA glue

How to make an upcycled ruler Christmas tree:

I traced a rough shape on a piece of paper of the shape I wanted then arranged the pieces that I wanted to use, trying to choose interesting features or wording as the focus on each line. Then I cut each piece accordingly.

I felt bad cutting through them, especially when they had the name of their previous owners scratched on them!

IMG_1451 It came together quite quickly and I used a mitre block to help as the rulers were so small. I used one ruler at the back and glued the pieces on with PVA wood glue.

IMG_1453The final step was to make a trunk and and I used an old thermometer I found whilst out charity shopping.

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Then I left it to dry overnight with a few clamps in place. Here’s a close up so you can see some of the details. This is my favourite Christmas decoration, it’s about 10 inches tall so I will be looking for somewhere safe to display it (out of the reach of my children).



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    Kate Williams
    December 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Oh I love this so much! Have pinned x

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    December 4, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, I can see the love and dedication that went into it! Like Kate have pinned!

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    December 9, 2014 at 11:31 am

    So love this idea! Now I want to find some old rulers… lol!

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    December 12, 2014 at 12:08 am

    this is upcycling at its very best! #TuesdayTutorials

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