December: Make a Tree from Trim
Show off your Yuletide cheer and your DIY know-how by assembling this mini tree from strips of salvaged molding. It's as simple to make as it is budget-friendly: Miter the ends of the molding at opposing angles, screw the "boughs" to an upright piece from behind, and attach the newly sprouted "tree" to a Charlie Brown–style half-lapped base. If you can't find molding that's vintage and worn, fake the look with a couple of coats of paint and some sandpaper. No need to fuss over getting it perfect—a little roughness is part of the charm.