How To Make a Tin Roofing Christmas Tree 06th December
There is just so much one may create using old tin roofing. It is still readily available for free. I chose to build and write a tutorial on this Christmas Tree. The metal does take a bit to cut but worth all the effort when you have the finished beauty standing in front of you I hope you have the time to give this one a try.
1. Find yourself some old tin corrugated roofing.
Any demo yard will have it. You could buy brand new tin if you wanted a very fresh and clean look but I prefer the old junk.
2. Draw and cut out your tree.
Most of the roofing I have come across is 24” wide so I made my base the width of the metal sheet and did use the full height of the roofing which was just over 6 feet. Next, cut your metal tree out. I cheated and had a steel company cut mine since I had lent my cutting shears out. Here is a picture of what cutting shears look like below. A skill saw will work but use a cheap carbide blade. MAKE SURE TO WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES AND GLOVES. A MASK IS BETTER.
Here is a picture of the metal tree cut out. I cut out two trees. The remaining pieces actually overlapped perfectly and fit together to form two more tree so that was great.
3. Find yourself a set of saw horses.
Take two 1×5 planks and make the shape of a tree. Place your metal on top of the A shape. Put a screw in the very top of the boards where they overlap. This will allow the boards to move later.
Add three more screws spaced from half way down the tree to the bottom as seen below. It will hold the metal tree in position. The white star is a reminder of the screw in the top boards. Holding the metal roofing in place, flip the tree over.
4. Make the tree belly.
Add a couple of screws to hold the tree framework in place on the side of the tree that you put the original screws in. If you use your foot to press down on the centre of the metal between the boards, the belly will form and the one side will pull in.
5. Add braces.
Make note of the spacing and make 2 cross supports. Angle the ends so that the metal portion is easier to reattach later. These strips are going to be pounded up under the wood sides when you push the belly down. There is probably an easier way to do this but the top of the metal tree does not arch very well and I am by myself so I use my foot.
6. Screw everything in place.
With cross braces and screws within reach, push down on your foot and slide the wood cross braces under the wood sides and hammer them up so the belly stays in position. Screw down cross brackets in place. Now your belly is positioned.
7. Finish the top
Flip your tree back over and remove the metal tree. Add more screws to your cross braces. Now you can deal with the side pieces that were overlapping at the top. The overlapping wood needs to be cut off. Mark the overlap and the placement of the cross brackets and separate the boards. Cut off the excess and reattach your cross braces and add another to the top part.
8. Permanently attach the metal tree
Place your tree back onto the framework and attach both sides. Work from the bottom up and do one side first. This will make it easier to attach the other side with the belly lifted up. The top part of the metal will lay somewhat flat.
Here are the final images of the front and the back of the Tin Roofing Tree.
The Trees in my booth at Nest Collective