I found a beautiful rustic Christmas Tree decoration at a fall bizarre several years ago and I just loved it! What I didn’t love was the $80 price tag! I mean it was cute, but really? Anyway, I went without, but I have been dreaming about having one of my own for quite some time. Well, maybe not dreaming about it, but I have wanted one none the less. 😉
How to Make Christmas Tree Decoration
A neighbor and friend of ours just opened his own woodworking shop and offered to show us how to make a Christmas tree in under 60 minutes. You are going to love how easy it is to make your own Christmas tree! Now, if after reading this tutorial you still don’t think you have the time to make your own, you can check out KBC Wood Creations where he sells these trees for a reasonable price.
Supplies and Tools
Here are the supplies you are going to need to make your own Christmas tree:
- (2) 3-1/2″ x 6′ dog ear fence pickets
- 10″ wide green garland (about 4′ in length)
- mini light strand (35 count)
- 1/8″ thick plywood (8″ x 10″ section)
- wood glue
- yellow spray paint (for star)
- 3/4″ finishing nails (about 12)
- (1) sheet 150 grit sandpaper
Here are the tools you will be using:
- hand saw (or coping saw)
- measuring tape
- staple gun with 5/8″ staples
Start with the Star
I like to start with the star. Why do I start with the star? It’s simple – I cut and paint the star so the paint can dry while I am assembling the rest of the tree. Sketch an outline of the star on the piece of 1/8″ plywood. I don’t use a template or stencil, I just freehand draw it.
Don’t worry if the star isn’t perfect, that just adds to the rustic uniqueness of your tree. Cut the star out with the hand saw (or coping saw if you have one). Lightly sand the rough cut edges. Spray paint the front and set aside to dry.
Now if you don’t have the tools to cut out a star, they do have some cute wooden stars on Amazon for pretty cheap.
Measuring and Cutting
On one of the fence pickets, measure out 5 feet and cut (this will be the body of your Christmas tree). On the second picket, measure out (2) 9-inch sections and (2) 7-inch sections and cut (this will be the feet). I like to cut the end of each foot at a 45 degree angle to make a cleaner look. This is completely optional.
Apply wood glue to the bottom 3-inches of one side of the fence picket body. Set one of the 9-inch feet on the glue and nail to the body with 3 finishing nails. Flip the picket body over and repeat, making sure your feet are facing opposite directions.
The 7-inch feet sections will be glued and nailed to the side of the picket body. For this step, you may need an extra set of hands to help you hold the picket body steady. You now have the core of your Christmas tree!
Before you attach your garland and lights, go ahead and check to see if the paint is dry on your star. If so, add a second coat of paint. You want to make sure you have a nice yellow star for your tree (sometimes the first coat of paint soaks into the wood quite a bit).
Starting at the top of your fence picket body, attach the garland with your staple gun. Using one stem of the garland like a twist tie, secure the top of your strand of lights. Weave your lights back and forth on the garland, securing every now and then. Staple the garland center stem every 8-9 inches, being careful not to staple through the light strand. You will want to make sure you leave about 1-1/2 to 2 feet of the light strand loose at the bottom of your tree so you will have enough length to reach the wall socket.
It’s time for the star! Using glue and 2 finishing nails, secure the star to the top of your tree. That is it! That is how to make Christmas tree in under an hour. Seriously… it is that easy.
Decorate with Extras
If you want to add a little more to your Christmas tree, you can find small ornaments or even make small bows from ribbon or burlap. You can add just about anything to personalize it. In fact, I have several so each one of my kids can have one in their room. They get to decorate it the way they want. It is a fun way to bring Christmas cheer to their room. 🙂
Thank you KBC Wood Creations, for showing us how to make one of these adorable Christmas trees. I love that I now know how to make a Christmas tree on my own. I think these will be perfect night lights for the kids’ rooms. Tell us – Will you make your own Christmas trees? What will you add to personalize the trees?
More frugal Christmas ideas:
- DIY Bottle cap Snowman Ornament
- How to Make Fancy Napkin Rings – out of Cardboard rolls and Wrapping paper!
- Frugal Tip: Use Empty Toilet Paper Rolls to store Wrapping Paper
- Frugal Tip – Use Tulle for Ribbon to Decorate your Presents!