Introduction

a x-mas tree in the Blair House in Washington, DC with a homemade x-mas tree box stand
Photo: Helen Norman
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While ceiling-high evergreens might be the norm today, up until the late 19th century most Christmas trees fit tidily on a table. But the fact that they were small doesn't mean they couldn't make a big statement. Just check out our festive take, shown here. Set inside a box clad with tin ceiling tiles, and adorned with keyhole hardware and dollhouse doors and windows, this tree pays homage to the historic house in which it resides. Here's how to make the homey box to hold a potted live tree.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw, circular saw, or handsaw to cut plywood
    • wire cable snips
      Tin snips
    • pneumatic pin gun
      Pneumatic pin nailer
    • miter saw
      Miter saw to fit cap
    • combination square
      Combination square to lay out measurements and marks
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • one-and-a-half inch paintbrush
      1½-inch paintbrush
    • gloves
      Protective gloves

    Shopping List

    1. 1x1 Get one 8-foot length.

    2. 1x2 Get one 8-foot length.

    3. ¼-inch plywood Get a half sheet and it cut into five pieces: four for the box sides and one for the box's bottom.

    4. -inch nails for tacking in plywood.

    5. 1-inch nails for fastening 1x material.6. Wood glue

    7. Tin ceiling panel

    8. Vinyl adhesive caulk

    9. 1x4 Get one 6-foot length.

    10. 120-grit sandpaper

    11. Latex primer

    12. Latex paint in a color of your choice