I am so excited to share with you my Galvanized Christmas Tree project. This is my first galvanized project and it was super easy to do. I am looking forward to doing more. Here is how my A Very Merry Christmas Display looks this year.And yep you guessed it the Galvanized Christmas Tree is right there in the middle. I made it to serve as my backdrop for the other Christmas items you see here. Almost all the items you see here I made myself. So lets get started shall we?
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR GALVANIZED CHRISTMAS TREE
- Galvanized sheet of metal
- Work gloves
- Permanent marker/pencil/chalk
- Paper large enough for the surface
- Tin snips
- Sand paper
- Old towels/rags
I purchased the galvanized sheet of metal at Lowes. It was the least expensive place to purchase it that I could find.
Make sure you are wearing gloves, because it is easy to get cut from the metal edges.
STEPS TO MAKE GALVANIZED CHRISTMAS TREE
Step 1) I started out by drawing my christmas tree on some craft paper. I did this part by hand with the assistance of measuring tape. Then I cut out the craft paper Christmas tree and used some chalk to trace the tree on the galvanized sheet. FYI some areas of the metal the chalk wouldn’t write.
Step 2) I grabbed my tin snips and cut out the Christmas tree I had traced.
Now the galvanzed metal tree was ready to be aged.
Because I prefer the aged look and not the shininess of the metal I aged it using vinegar. I wish I could tell you how long this part actually took, but because I tried many different techniques I really have no idea how long it takes for the vinegar to work. If you end up using this technique would definitely like to know how long it actually ends up taking you.
Step 4) Next I sprayed some vinegar all over the metal tree. Then I placed rags/towels on top of the metal and sprayed more vinegar. Now allow the vinegar to work its magic.
I checked in on the progress several times to make sure it was working and slowly but surely it was. Here is what it looked like when I decided I was satisfied.
Step 5) For the final step I nailed two nails one at the top and one at the bottom in the metal tree to my chalkboard painted wood backdrop.
Then I placed it on my console in my A Very Merry Christmas Display. Yah so my first galvanized project is finished! I did end up with some metal scraps that I hope to use soon. To see a general overall post on my Christmas display make sure to visit my post on A Very Merry Christmas Display.
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season!
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