I don’t think I’ve ever used the words “happy” and “accident” together before.  I’m generally a happy person until I have an accident – at which point there’s usually blood and the threat of fainting (I can’t stand the sight of blood).  I didn’t even use it in the context of being pregnant – our girls were wished for….

so when I finally had a happy accident, I had to share it;

DIY Wood Trees

I know, you’re thinking WTF?

I was cutting some patchwork stars for a friend and this was the leftover piece of wood.  As it turns out, the way I laid out the stars to try to maximize the wood left this tree-like piece!

I took advantage of this serendipitous moment and immediately traced out the tree side, then flipped it over and traced the same side next to it on a 2″x4″.Wood trees 2

I love the whimsy of it!  Wood trees  right out of Who-ville right?

The added bonus was that I got to use my Rockwell Tools Bladerunner X2 again.  I know, you’re sick of hearing about it, but I’m addicted and I can’t stop using it!

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It cut through the 2×4, the 1×4 and I even made a tree with the template spaced out a bit more for a wider look.  Yup, cut that too.  I’m pretty sure I had all of these wood trees cut and sanded in less than 20 minutes.  (the far right is the template or “happy accident” piece)

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A single coat of stain (Minwax Special Walnut) and done!

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I was planning on making some coloured triangle trees that I’ve had pinned on Pinterest – but these are so much more my style.  I call it “Rustic Quirky”.

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They might be a little tall to go with my paper Christmas Village, but then maybe my village is deep in the Norwegian mountains, like Hermannsdalstinden.  Yup, totally Googled “Norway, Mountains” to get that – even copied and pasted it because I didn’t think I’d spell it correctly otherwise.  These trees and cabin would totally fit in there!

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Just in case you want a set of Norwegian wood trees for your mountain cabin – or perhaps to use as regular Christmas decor – I’m attaching a Wood tree template (for 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper)

DIY Wood trees

Did you buy one when they were on sale last week?  Need MORE incentive?

 The Rockwell BladeRunner X2 uses widely assorted, T-shank, jigsaw blades to cut wood, PVC, plastic, aluminum and other non-ferrous metals, as well as ceramic tile. This lightweight, portable benchtop saw does the work of multiple saws by making fast and accurate rip, cross, scroll, inside and miter cuts.

Unlike conventional saws, BladeRunner X2 handles a variety of projects by simply changing blades. It’s also affordable, compact and weighs less than 15 lbs. The saw measures only 6 ¾ inches high. The saw’s tabletop measures 17 In.W x 15 ¾ in.D.

The BladeRunner X2 makes all the right cuts to build bird feeders, trellis, potting table, garage shelving, garden bench and other projects. Create decorative rails, panels and corner braces for gazebos, pergolas or privacy fences. Quickly cut PVC to design a towel rack, bike stand, fishing rod holder or other storage holder. Create craft metal lawn ornaments or ceramic-tile tabletops, trivets, coasters and more.

Tools for People that Rock!


On the topic of “rustic and quirky”, I have a weird and wonderful gift idea for you today:

Great Gift idea

I came across these repurposed propane tanks by Rustic Ranch at a craft fair a few weeks ago.  I couldn’t help but take photos – they are so unique!  You can fill them with logs, or plants and some of the smaller ones are piggy banks.  If you know of someone that has everything, and would love the whimsy of these pieces – it would make a great Christmas surprise…. I mean, you’d never guess this right?

Have a great one!


Rockwell Bladerunner X2 available at Canadian Tire, Lowe’s, Rockwell Tools and Amazon.


*Note: This is a sponsored post.  I was provided the Bladerunner X2 by Rockwell Tools.  All projects and opinions are my own.




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