DIY Christmas Tree with NJ Lottery Holiday Games

December 2, 2019 21 By EngineerMommy

This is a sponsored post written by me for The New Jersey Lottery. All opinions are mine alone.

The holiday season is my favorite time of year: the festive tunes, the beautiful decorations, the yummy treats, spending time with family… I love it all! This year, I made my own Wooden Christmas Tree Wall Art to display my New Jersey Scratch-Off Tickets and I can’t wait to share the tutorial with you. Not only will this piece serve as festive decor throughout the season, but the NJ Lottery Holiday tickets can also be handed out as party favors at our Christmas gathering. What’s better than a party favor that offers the chance of winning big?!

There are four new Holiday Scratch-Off Games this year: $1 Holiday Luck, $2 Holiday Lucky Times 10, $5 Holiday Lucky Bonus, and $10 Winter Wishes. These tickets make a great gift idea or stocking stuffer for any adult on your holiday shopping list. Need something for the neighbor? What about the mail carrier? Scratch-Off tickets offer the novelty of a wrapped gift, the excitement of playing a game and the possibility of a large cash prize. Since there’s no wrapping required, these are a breeze to give or send to anyone. You can find the Holiday Scratch-Offs at any local lottery retailer.

Let’s get right to the tutorial now. To start, I grabbed a 2’x2′ piece of plywood from the home improvement store. Using a pencil, I drew a rough outline of the tree form: a triangle with little notches along the sides.

Using my jigsaw, I cut the wood along the pencil marks. It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be – trees are not perfect in real life either! 🙂

Next I painted the wood with two coats of green acrylic paint. Once dry, I wrapped some green twine around the tree. The notches along the sides help to make the piece look more like a tree and also help to hold the twine in place. I secured the twine on the back with some heavy-duty packaging tape but some staples would also work.

To be able to hang this on the wall, I used a hammer to insert this piece on the back of the wood.

I gathered all my NJ Scratch-Off tickets and thought about how I should display them. By the way, these tickets were provided to me by the New Jersey Lottery but these Holiday Scratch-Offs can be picked up from any brick and mortar lottery retailer. I usually pick up mine from the local Wawa. By the way, if your Scratch-Off tickets are not winners, Million Dollar Replay allows you to enter them into second chance drawings. You could be selected as 1 of 400 who win a $250 prize or 1 of 15 who win a prize between $10,000 – $1,000,000.

I used these mini clothespins to hang the NJ Lottery scratch-off tickets from the twine. I put only one kind of Scratch-Off ticket on each piece of twine. I’m so happy with the look of this piece!

What tree is complete without a topper and trunk? I added the Winter Wishes ticket on the bottom as the tree trunk. I also created a spiral array of the Holiday Luck tickets as a tree topper.

I am so proud of the finished piece. I know this will add some fun holiday decor to my home for the rest of the season.

I think it’s sure to be a conversation starter at our holiday party.

Since the tickets are hanging on clothespins, it’s so simple to take one off to give to a guest as a party favor. Holiday Scratch-Offs really do make gift-giving simple!

Pick up your own NJ Lottery Holiday Scratch-Offs to make your own DIY Wooden Christmas Tree. Have you ever made something using scratch off tickets? Are you hosting any holiday parties this year?

You must be 18 or older to buy a lottery ticket. The New Jersey Lottery reminds players, it’s only a game…remember to play responsibly. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1800-GAMBLER®.

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