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1. Cut the board into 4 equal shapes like this:
2. Mark 3 places where you will put support in for the tree (x, y, z points shown below), measure the width and cut 3 circles with radius the same as x, y, and z respectively. Cut a 2mm thick slot into the boards as shown below:
Do not cut the slot too wide from the beginning, only slightly widen it if it is too tight to push 2 boards in together.
3. Hold the triangles upright whilst slotting the circles in sideways, horizontally:
4. Continue with all the other triangles, and you'll have a pine tree structure. The circles can serve as shelves for holding little gifts, or for placing ornaments. And when Christmas is over, just separate all the pieces and pack them flat for next year. I did that and painted it silver (young and foolish and didn't know much about the ha…
And after a few trials and errors, my transparent, 100% reusable CD Christmas tree is born. This is a 3-tier (each triangular pine tree shape is a tier) size but I can reshape and resize the tree the way I like it next year. I did peel off the shiny coating layer of the CDs before I constructed this, but if you would like to try one yourself, you can also opt to leave the shiny bits on, like what a friend of mine did to her version of CD Christmas tree:
Here is the step-by-step guide to making a simple Christmas tree out of old unwanted CDs:
Step 1: Arrange CDs into the shape of a tree, secure each adjoining point with cellophane tapes (make sure you tape on both sides). Make 3 sets of this.
Step 2: Base on the number of CDs used on the bottom row of step 1, make a triangular base like this, with the same number of …