How to make a pipe Christmas tree

Team member Ashlee

Project Overview

We’ll show you step by step how to make a Pipe Christmas Tree that will add a unique festive touch to your home. This is a great project to make with the kids and allows you to be as creative as you like. 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare your work space
2 Prepare the plywood
3 Measure the PVC pipe
4 Cut PVC pipe to length
5 Prime the PVC pipe
6 Paint the plywood
7 Paint the PVC pipe
8 Create your tree
9 Glue the pipe pieces to the plywood
10 Decorate your tree
11 Finished!
  • Step 1. Prepare your work space

    Set out your drop sheet and put on your mask, safety glasses and gloves.

  • Step 2. Prepare the plywood

    Using primer, paint or spray the plywood liberally and wait for it to dry. Primer provides excellent adhesion for the paint. 

  • Step 3. Measure the PVC pipe

    Measure PVC pipe and cut to a length of your choice. 8cm is a good place to start. Use PVC pipes of varying widths to suit your requirements.

  • Step 4. Cut PVC pipe to length

    Using a hacksaw, cut the PVC pipes to size. Securing the PVC pipe with a vice will make cutting easier. Once your pipes are cut, sand the pipe edges so they are smooth.

  • Step 5. Prime the PVC pipe

    Spray the cut pipe with primer and wait for it to dry.

  • Step 6. Paint the plywood

    Using a colour of your choice, apply the first coat of paint to the plywood and let it dry. When dry, lightly sand it for a completely smooth surface, and apply the second coast. 

  • Step 7. Paint the PVC pipe

    Using a selection of colours, paint or spray the PVC pipe pieces and let them dry.
  • Step 8. Create your tree

    Use masking tape to mark out a triangle shape on your plywood, it can be any size you like. Ensure the triangle is large enough to fit all the PVC pipe pieces.

  • Step 9. Glue the pipe pieces to the plywood

    Using a hot glue gun, stick the PVC pipes to the plywood. Press down on the pipes for 3 to 5 seconds to ensure they are secure. When dry, remove the masking tape from the plywood.

  • Step 10. Decorate your tree

    When you are confident the tree is dry, insert decorations of your choice into the pipes.

  • Step 11. Finished!

    Now all you have to do is find the perfect place for your tree, stand back and admire it!

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