Create an easy DIY wood Christmas tree for your front yard or inside.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches!
Classic Christmas trees are especially wonderful this time of year. The pine scent-filled rooms, the greenery in the midst of winter, the ornaments hanging from the branches. Can't you just smell Christmas coming in the crisp wintery air?
But why not add a little simplicity to the holiday season with a wood tree that you can make yourself? While faux trees definitely have their place around my house during the holiday season, these DIY wood Christmas trees have never looked so good!
Wooden trees can be easily customized to your desired holiday theme. Whether your preference is rustic, farmhouse style or something in between, the neutrality of these Christmas decorations compliments any style. If a minimalistic approach is more of your preference, an easy DIY Christmas tree is perfect for you!
Working with wood is one of my favorite mediums because there are so many DIY wood projects you can do at home. Creating these easy wooden trees is a great way to bring more natural elements into any space.
Spread holiday decor to your exterior by creating a classy and festive front porch. An alternative Christmas tree like this can serve as a main focal point or a complimentary decoration, inside or outdoors.
What You Need to Make Wooden Trees
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- ¾" thick 4' x 8' sheets of baltic birch (2 boards for each tree)
- Skill saw
- Kreg Accu-cut guide
- Chalk line
- Level or straight edge
- Stain or paint, if desired
- Paint brush or rags for stain, if desired
- Exterior top coat
Dimensions for Trees Selection:
- 8' x 4'
- The slit is 48" from the top and 48" from the bottom and ⅞" wide.
- 6' x 3'
- The slit is 36" from the top and 36" from the bottom and ⅞" wide.
- 24" x 12"
- The slit is 12" from the top and 12" from the bottom and ⅞" wide.
You will need two boards for each tree that you create so if you decide to make multiple trees, plan accordingly with your wood. I love styling these in groups of two or more.
How to Make a DIY Wooden Tree
Measure Your Tree Out
Step 1: First thing, make sure your wood sheets are on an elevated, but flat surface. This will make it easier to cut your wood.
Next, to create the Christmas tree shape, snap a chalk line from the top middle point of your wood sheet to one of the bottom corners.
Repeat and snap a chalk line from the top middle point to the other bottom corner. This will leave a line to follow as you cut, ensuring that your wooden tree shape is a long and straight line.
Cut the Trees Out
Step 2: Now you can cut your tree shape out using a Kreg Accu-cut guide and skill saw. This will really help to keep your lines straight as you follow the chalk lines. Repeat cutting process with both boards to get two wooden trees.
Cut the Middle Slit
Step 3: Snap your chalk line again to create the slit in the middle of the tree. This slit will be used on both wood boards to keep your lovely trees in place. Dimensions are listed above depending on the desired size for your wooden tree. Use a level or straight edge to verify your cut line before utilizing your jigsaw.
On one of your trees you will create the middle slit beginning from the top of the tree. The other you will start from the bottom. As you can see from the pictures, the slits will be in different positions on both boards.
Assemble the Trees
Step 4: Assemble your trees by placing the "bottom slit" tree on top of the "top slit" tree to lock in place. If you decide to go with the larger trees option, it might be helpful to recruit an extra set of hands for this part of the assembly.
Finishing Exterior Touches
Step 5: Last, once your boards are locked in place, this easy project produces a lovely three dimensional wooden tree! You have a few options for the final finishing step.
One option is to sand the rough edges and leave it as is, something for those who love a naturalistic approach. Or you can proceed to the final finishing step.
Stain Your Tree and Seal Them
Finally, to finish off your tree you can paint the wood, stain it or even try different colors or patterns if you are feeling adventurous. Since I usually have materials around from my wood projects, I chose to stain the wood for a rustic approach. Staining is a pretty simple process. Follow the directions listed on your container of wood stain.
The coloring turned out great with the stain. I love being able to see the wood grain accents through the stain.
Wood Christmas Tree Decorating
Winter wonderland anyone? A little snow fall made these wooden trees pop in a gorgeous winterscape. The white paint look is a beautiful color option as well.
I love having these placed on the exterior of my house. A great way to style these festive trees is by placing in your front yard or on the exterior front porch. Guests will certainly admire them as they visit!
These simple DIY wood Christmas trees are a great alternative this holiday season for outdoor decor. However, if a simple wooden Christmas tree isn't your thing, try changing up your traditional tree decor with this ribbon theme or a cute buffalo plaid theme.
There you have an easy DIY wooden Christmas tree!
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