It was an exciting time last year when Hubs and I dragged a fat little tree from the street corner (this is where Christmas trees are born here) back to our apartment. It was my very first one in NYC, and we lovingly decorated it with pouf garlands, tinsel, ornaments and twinkly white lights – the whole nine yards! Fast forward to this year, and we now have a mischievous pup to contend with. Toby LOVES chewing on sticks, so I can only imagine how ecstatic he’d be to wake up and find a tree indoors. Since the whole tree idea wasn’t going to pan out, the logical solution was to decorate an…old bulletin board that’s been gathering dust under the bed, of course!
- Take a plain old bulletin board (mine is 18×24), and sketch out a tree in chalk. Prep for painting by taping the edges of the tree with painters tape, and thoroughly covering the surrounding spaces with newspaper/old magazines
- Spray paint 2 coats as evenly as possible, but don’t worry about it looking perfect, you’ll do a final coat later!
- Once the paint is dry, lightly sketch in where you want your strings of light to go. Figure out how big the holes should be by starting with a small drill bit and working your way up in size, until your light bulb fits snuggly in place. Continue drilling holes down the remainder of the tree
- With the holes done, do a final coat of spray paint to cover the pencil lines. Once that’s completely dry, you can peel off the mess of tape and paper, and use a wet towel to wipe away any stray chalk marks. Congrats, you’ve made a tree!
- Decorate the background to your heart’s desire. I kept it simple by drawing in a pattern of lines with a white marker.
- Pop in your lights! I used some battery operated LED lights we had leftover from our wedding (like these), and taped the battery packs to the back of the board.
- Now it’s time to trim your tree – yay! I hot glued some poofs to thumbtacks, and pressed them into the corkboard, easy peasy. And voilá! Dog-proof Christmas tree!