Are you an early Christmas decoration planner, or do you prefer to put everything up on Christmas Eve? If you’re one or the other, or somewhere in the middle, you won’t want to miss this step-by-step tutorial on how to make a DIY Christmas tree out of wood. It is so sweet that you won’t want to take it down when the holidays are over!
We all want a beautiful Christmas tree to decorate our home during the holidays. There is always the option of getting an artificial Christmas tree, but why not make your own unique wooden Christmas tree this year? The main advantage of making the tree yourself is that you can make it the size and colour that you want, to make it perfectly fit your home decor.
In this tutorial we will show you how to create a DIY Christmas tree with a very original and minimalist design.
DIY Christmas tree: Tools and Materials
- Table saw or circular saw
- Mitre saw or handsaw and mitre box
- Carpenter angle ruler
- 21mm thick strips of wood of various lengths and widths, and a white melamine board measuring 120 x 30 x 1,9 cm
- Edging tape
- Wood stain
- LED string lights
DIY Christmas tree out of wood: Step by step tutorial
The main advantage of this wooden DIY Christmas tree is its original design. It is not just for Christmas, and will be a fabulous decorative addition to your home all year round. The best part about it is that you don’t need to start looking for a place to store the tree after the holidays.
The level of difficulty is medium, since it requires a bit of practice with the use of the table saw and the mitre saw. Remember that you can also use hand tools for this. You won’t regret making it! It could also be a fun and interesting family activity. The little ones will enjoy helping by painting it and hanging the ornaments.
To carry out this project, you will need about 8 hours. Most of that time will be spent cutting the wooden pieces and waiting for the mounting adhesive to harden. These are the steps to follow.
Step 1 – Cut the wooden pieces that will make up the structure
The external structure of this Christmas tree is made up of a white wooden triangle. Cut the board with a table saw or a circular saw, and use a mitre saw for the angled ends. You will need three boards in total, with the following measurements:
- 91 x 9 x 1.9 cm and a 45° angle at one end, and a 22.5° angle at the other end
- 89 x 9 x 1.9 cm and a 45° angle at one end and a 22.5° angle at the other
- 71.5 x 9 x 1.9 cm and both ends at an angle of 22.5°
Next, apply mounting adhesive to the ends to fix the wooden boards. Begin with the top of the tree by joining the two ends cut at an angle of 45°. Don’t join the ends themselves, glue the end of one board to the other board, making sure that one end follows the other in a straight line. For the base of the tree, use the board with both ends cut at an angle of 22.5°.
Lastly, cover the sides of the triangle with self-adhesive edging tape.
Step 2 – Make the tree branches
The internal structure of the tree consists of several wooden strips, each measuring 1 metre long and 21 mm thick. The widths of each strip will be 58, 44, 34 and 21 mm.
For the central part or trunk, use a strip of wood measuring 79.5 x 4.4 cm. You can then arrange the rest of the wooden strips randomly until you are happy with the design of the internal part of the tree. To do this, follow these steps:
- Trace with a pencil the inner space of the triangle on kraft paper.
- Place the slats on the paper and mark the angles with the help of a carpenter angle ruler. You can also use a protractor for this.
- Cut the pieces with the mitre saw or with a handsaw.
- Join the strips with mounting adhesive.
- Apply woodstain in an oak tone to highlight the wood grain and to protect the wood.
Step 3 – Fix the DIY Christmas tree together
After following these steps, all you have to do is fix the internal part of the tree to the outer wooden structure. To this end, apply mounting adhesive to the upper and lower parts of the tree trunk and on the ends of the branches.
Remember that the main advantage of this tree is that you don’t have to put it away once the holidays are over, since it can be easily integrated it into your home’s decor.
Place the tree on top of a few boxes that have been decorated with Christmas patterns, which you can also use to store gifts inside.
Step 4 – Light it up!
Last but not least, hang LED garland lights around the tree branches inside the tree, and show off your fabulous handmade Christmas tree!
Did you enjoy making this DIY Christmas tree? If you did and you like original and unconventional Christmas trees for your home, you can find more inspiration in this post on 10 alternative Christmas trees!