I LOVE Christmas decor. You too? Awesome. You’re in the right place! I also love budget-friendly decor, which is exactly what this DIY wood Christmas tree decor is. It’s fun and simple to make, and is a great addition to your home around Christmastime. Even better: You can customize it to whatever color best matches your decor: Love modern homes? Paint them black and white! Love farmhouse style? Paint them white and distress the edges. Love traditional Christmas colors? Paint them bright red and green!
So let’s jump in – it’s about time that I share this simple tutorial that you can follow too.
Thanks to Purdy for sponsoring this post. I received compensation but all opinions stated here are my own. I’ve loved and owned Purdy products for a very long time!
Tools & Materials
- Purdy 2″ Angled Nylox Paint Brush
- Purdy Revolution Jumbo Mini Roller Frame
- Purdy White Dove 1/4″ Nap Mini Roller Cover
- Purdy Paint Pail
- Purdy Premium Folding Multi-Tool
- Sherwin-Williams ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex in Accessible Beige and a custom match color
- Minwax Stainable Wood Filler
- Two 6′ 1×2 pine boards
- Tack cloths
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Miter saw
- Wood glue
- Pin nailer
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Time to Complete
This project took me about 2 days to complete, given the dry time of the wood glue. Active work time was about 4 hours.
How to Make Wood Christmas Tree Decor
STEP 1: Cut 1×2 pine boards into pieces for two Christmas trees.
Cut list (see the picture below for more details)
Two 3 1/2″ pieces cut at 30 degree angles on each end, both ends slanting inward (for trunk of trees)
Two 10 1/4″ pieces cut at 30 degree angles on each end, both slanting inward (for base of trees)
Eight 5 1/4″ pieces cut at 30 degree angles on each end, slanting the same way (for bottom four limbs of each tree)
Two 7″ pieces cut at 30 degree angles on each end, both ends slanting inward (for top right corners of trees)
Two 6 1/8″ pieces cut at 30 degree angles on each end, both ends slanting inward (For top left sides of trees)
STEP 2: Sand boards
Using 220 grit sandpaper, sand the boards to remove any rough spots. Remove sanding dust with a tack cloth.
STEP 3: Assemble the boards into two trees
Use wood glue and a pin nailer to assemble the boards into two trees.
Overlap the side boards by 1″.
Allow the wood glue time to fully dry.
STEP 4: Fill any holes and crevices with wood filler
The Purdy Premium Folding Multi-Tool can be used in many ways but one of the most common ways I use it is to push wood filler into crevices and smooth it out on the surface. It works great for this!
STEP 5: Paint the trees
Grab your painting supplies and decide on paint colors for your two trees.
Whenever I’m painting a smooth surface and I want the paint finish to look smooth, I grab a Purdy 2″ Angled Nylox Paint Brush. It has soft bristles, which results in a smooth finish.
You could just use a paint brush for these trees but to make the project go faster, I also used a Purdy Revolution Jumbo Mini Roller Frame. For a super smooth finish, I chose a roller cover with a short nap, the Purdy White Dove 1/4″ Nap Mini Roller Cover. These are the same products I use for refinishing furniture too!
The Purdy Paint Pail is perfect for holding your paint, mini roller, and paint brush. It’s easy to hold as you work as well!
For paint colors, I chose Accessible Beige and a pale green custom match color. I used one of my go-to paint products for smooth and durable finishes: Sherwin-Williams ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex.
I applied two coats of paint, giving it time to dry in between coats.
The Finished DIY Wood Christmas Tree Decorations!
And then you’re done! How simple was that?!
Now you have gorgeous Christmas decor that is custom-made by you AND you spent very little money on it. I’d call that a win-win!
Want more Christmas DIY decor inspiration?!
Here are some cute little Christmas ornaments for your tree or to gift to a friend.
Here are two bookend tutorials that you could follow and then gift them to a friend this Christmas!
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