DIY - Make your own bamboo Christmas tree
Christmas! For many, this is the best time of the year. The Christmas spirit brings us all together. Do you already your Christmas tree up? Not everyone has traditional Christmas trees. This may have to do with allergies, but you can also choose to go for something unique. Read this blog if you are looking for a unique Christmas tree. You have a real eye-catcher with our bamboo Christmas tree. Bring the Christmas spirit into your home with this bamboo Christmas tree.
Requirements for trunk and branches:
- 5 x Moso ø3/4 cm 300cm
- 1 x Tonkin ø10/16mm 183cm
For the base you have 3 options:
- Tali ø5/6cm 200cm halfround
- Moso ø10/12cm 100cm
- Bamboo plywood at least 20mm, 30x30cm
- Electrical drill
- Japanese saw
- 21 mm drill
- 10mm or 15mm drill
- Sandpaper and/or sander
Step 1. Cut to size
The smallest branch is about 10cm long and the longest branch at the bottom is about 100cm for this tree. We will be making 28 branches, so with a little math you will find that each branch is about 3.3cm longer than the previous branch. So: the shortest branch starts at 10cm, then 13.3cm, 16.6cm, 19.9cm, etc. It is recommended to saw the bamboo at an angle. This way you will soon get a nice progression of the branches.
The trunk should be about 100cm high. Because the bamboo is not always 100% the same, it is recommended to saw off the tonkin stick at approximately 120cm. That way you have a little bit spare. You can still saw off the top if necessary.
Step 2. Create Base
Now that the branches of our Christmas tree are made, it's time to make the base. This is where the trunk comes in. There are 3 ways to make this. With either method, the trunk will clamp into the base. If you prefer to really fasten it, you can of course always put a screw through the top at an angle.
We use a half round tali pole for this. You saw this off at about 30 centimeters. Then you measure about 15 cm (halfway). Now it is important to check the diameter of your trunk at the bottom of the tonkin pole. Because this can sometimes differ, it is important to check. This way you can be sure that you are using the correct diameter drill. Our bottom was 11mm in diameter, so we picked up the 10mm drill bit. When drilling the tali pole, we drilled it slightly wider. This way you can clamp the tonkin trunk in the semicircular pole and your base is standing!
It is about the same with the Moso pole. You saw the pole at 30 cm. To prevent it from rolling we must balance it. So, you can sand the bamboo flat on the underside with a sander (or by hand with sandpaper). Be careful not to go on too long, but sand the bamboo exactly so that it can stand flat. Then, just as in base 1, make a hole of the correct diameter so that you can clamp the trunk in it.
Perhaps you have already worked with bamboo plywood in the past and you still have some leftover pieces. If you have a piece of bamboo plywood that is at least 20mm thick and about 30x30cm in size, you can make a base out of it. Drill a hole of appropriate diameter in the center of the plank again. Here you can clamp the trunk.
Step 3. Set up the tree
Now it's time to put up your Christmas tree. For this it is important that you drill a hole in the middle of each branch with the 21mm drill. For the finish it’s nice to sand the holes smooth. Start at your longest branch and work your way up slowly. Once a branch is done, you can place it on the trunk. Make sure you add it in the right way: with your sloping side up. Repeat for each branch until you reach the top.
Step 4. Secure
Now you're all done, but there are still a few things to do. You can choose to fix the top. Then your branches are really stuck. In theory, this is not necessary because it is a decoration tree, but it is useful if you have small children, for example. Make sure that you pre-drill the bamboo to prevent tearing.
All done! Now you can choose to hang balls on it, or, for example, to put lighting in it. Will you let us know via social media what you have made of it?