AD­VENT TREE

Homes+ (Australia) - - STYLE & DECORATE -

ONE Start with a 1.5m length of dressed pine (42mm x 18mm), six nar­rower lengths of mitre-cut dressed pine (30mm x 11mm) vary­ing in length from 7cm to 75cm and four even nar­rower lengths of mitre-cut

dressed pine (18mm x 11mm) vary­ing in length from 10cm to 90 cm. You can get this done at the hard­ware store. Ar­range the 10 short pieces of pine in a ran­dom or­der and at var­ied an­gles on top of the base piece, roughly go­ing from short­est to long­est, leav­ing a 40cm space at the wide end. Use a drill to screw them onto the base.

TWO Use a paint­brush and paint your tree in the colour of your choice.

THREE Print in­di­vid­ual num­bers from one to 24, cut out with scis­sors and

glue onto pieces of card. Use a skewer to make a hole in the top of each card and at­tach lengths of string.

FOUR Place small gifts or sweet treats into 24 craft pa­per bags. Fold over the tops, use skewer to make a hole in the top and thread a card to each bag us­ing the at­tached string.

FIVE Knot or tie the card to the bag so you have a long length of string free at the end of each bag.

SIX Po­si­tion bags on tree with enough space around each and use tail end of string to loop and loosely tie each bag to the “branches” of the tree.

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