Wooden Christmas Tree – DIY Modern Project
One of my favorite things to do is dreaming up projects that make good use of wood from my wood scrap pile. I make a lot of larger pieces of furniture that require lots of different sized wood cuts, which means I often end up with lots of small pieces of all different lengths. I absolutely hate when these pieces go to waste because a tree had to die to make them and it usually costs me money to buy them.
Today I’m sharing the full tutorial for the cutest little ones Rustic-modern wooden Christmas tree, and it’s made entirely from reclaimed wood from my shop! But fear not, if you don’t have scrap wood, you can easily make one of these by getting new wood from your local hardware or lumber supply store.
Required accessories for the wooden Christmas tree:
- 1 x 2 wood, I used pine
- miter saw
- Wood glue, nail gun or screws and drills – anything will work
- 150 grit or higher sandpaper
- tape measure
- safety goggles
“Twig” pieces (cut at a 45 degree angle on each side)
- (1) 12″ 1×2
- (1) 10″ 1×2
- (1) 8″ 1×2
- (1) 6″ 1×2
- (1) 4″ 1×2
- (1) 2″ 1×2
Stand pieces (no angle cut):
- (1) 12″ 1×2
- (1) 45 1×2
Building instructions for the wooden Christmas tree:
1. Measure and cut your wood.
I wanted my tree to be small enough to sit on a tabletop or shelf, so I measured and marked the longest “branch” piece (at the very bottom of the tree shape) to be about 12″ at the longest point of the angle to be inches long. Then I subtracted about 2 inches for each additional branch (reference cut list above). I used a miter saw to cut each branch at a 45 degree angle on each side. This gives the pieces a tapered appearance like a Christmas tree.
For the stand I measured, marked and cut a 12″ and a 6″ piece.
If you want to make a bigger tree, just increase your measurements and plan to use more wood. This design can easily be scaled to any size; You just have to adjust how big each piece is.
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2. Grind all parts.
Buff any rough edges with 150 grit or higher sandpaper. As this is meant to be a modern and rustic tree I would suggest leaving it untreated wood. However, if you wish to stain or paint your parts, it is easiest to do so before assembly.
This is where my pieces are laid out to visualize how much space I wanted to have between each branch. I didn’t measure that; I was just eyeing a small room.
3. Construct the tree.
Now it’s time to put everything together. You can use wood glue, a nail gun, screws and a drill, or any combination of the three. I used a combination of screws and glue. I screwed through the back of the backbone piece and into each of the branch pieces to attach them. Then I attached the backbone piece to the base with glue.
And that’s it! A delightful way to create a fun holiday themed piece from scrap wood.
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