Wood Block Christmas Trees | Scrap Wood Craft

Wood Block Christmas Trees | Scrap Wood Craft

If you’re looking for a fun holiday woodcraft project, you’ll love this one! These DIY wood block Christmas trees look great on a mantel or anywhere in your home. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make them!

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Wood Block Christmas Trees | Scrap Wood Craft

Every year I add to my DIY scrap wood crafts. This year, I’m taking it to the kitchen. Well, not literally, but a cookie inspired these DIY wood block Christmas trees. You’re going to want to make them all!

Need a quick Christmas craft idea? Make cute wood block Christmas trees with your scrap wood 2x4s.

STEP 1: Gather The Materials


STEP 2: Cut The Scrapwood Pieces

Start by finding some old scrapwood 2x4s. These boards make perfect shelf sitters, and your trees will not fall over. After cutting the first tree, I used it for a pattern to create more. Go ahead and cut more wood blocks than you think you’ll need because you’re going to want to make some for Christmas gifts. Trust me!

Anyone can makes these wood block Christmas trees! It's a fun and creative way to decorate your home for the holidays.

STEP 3: Sand The Wood Pieces

After cutting your wood Christmas tree blocks, it’s a good idea to give them a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth the rough edges. I use my SurfPrep Sanding System to get the job done quickly. Sanding blocks work well too.


STEP 4: Paint The Wood Blocks

The next step is to paint the wood blocks. Usually, I would skip this step, but go ahead and paint first since I tried and failed my first attempt. Painting the wood blocks first will give the paint mixture (later in the blog post) something to adhere to. Dixie Belle Paint sticks well to wood.

Before adding the decorations to your DIY wood block Christmas trees, add your favorite color of chalk mineral paint.

STEP 5: Adding The “Paint Icing” To The Christmas Tree Blocks

Part 1 Mixing

Let’s make some paint icing to decorate the wood block Christmas Trees!

This is the fun part, and I would have never thought of it if I hadn’t seen a video on decorating cookies. I thought to myself, why not use this same idea and apply it to wood decor for Christmas? And that’s what I did.

It’s so simple! To make the “paint icing,” add a small amount of Plaster of Paris to chalk mineral paint. I didn’t measure, I’m sorry. Because the viscosity of paint varies depending on many factors, it’s best to eyeball this recipe.

Add your chalk mineral paint to a small disposable bowl first, and then add the plaster of pairs powder and stir well until you get a runny icing mixture. Thick enough to stay in place but thin enough to spread. Feel free to use any color you like and multiple colors for those that love multi-color. I’m a neutral gal.

Mix one part plaster to one part paint to make a paste/icing that you can decorate your wood block Christmas trees with.

After you have the mixture ready, add it to a ziplock baggie. DIY icing bag. Don’t wait too long as the mixture will start to set up, so move swiftly. Once it’s in the baggie, zip it up and mix your next color.

Mix one part plaster to one part paint to make a paste/icing that you can decorate your wood block Christmas trees with.

Twist the baggie to form an icing bag. You know this trick.

Mix one part plaster to one part paint to make a paste/icing that you can decorate your wood block Christmas trees with.

Now, snip the tip off the end of the baggie but be careful not to remove too much. Cut off a small piece with your scissors first and test it to ensure you have the correct size hole opening. You can always cut away more if needed.

Mix one part plaster to one part paint to make a paste/icing that you can decorate your wood block Christmas trees with.

Part 2

Let’s decorate the wood trees!

With the DIY piping bag in your hand, start at the bottom of the trees and place your paint icing in equal (for better words) dobs. I’m no pastry chef! Just a DIY hot mess.

Here is the fun part! It may look like cake icing but it's not. It's paint icing and I'm decorating wood block Christmas trees with it.

Use whatever you have. I just happened to have a set of paint knives, but a small spoon would work too.

Drag your tool of choice from the bottom up, creating a drop and drag swoosh. That will be the first row.

I felt like Gordon Ramsey spreading a delicious sauce across the bottom of a plate for display. LOL

Here is the fun part! It may look like cake icing but it's not. It's paint icing and I'm decorating wood block Christmas trees with it.

For the second row, I added the paint icing between the first four dabs of paint icing. With each line, I continued the swooshing of the mixture to create the look of icing or snow on the wood block Christmas trees.

Here is the fun part! It may look like cake icing but it's not. It's paint icing and I'm decorating wood block Christmas trees with it.

STEP 7: Let The Trees Dry

Allow the pain icing to dry for at least 24 hours. Afterward, you will notice tiny cracks in the paint mixture.

At first, I wasn’t happy with the results, but I didn’t let that discourage me. We DIYers will find a way to make it work, and I did.

Once the paint icing has dried completely on the DIY wood block Christmas trees, it's time to embellish with gilding wax.

STEP 8: Decorating

Here is the solution to the problem. Gilding wax! I grabbed several wax colors and added some highlights with my fingertips to make the paint icing stand out even more.

These wood block trees look amazing after adding the silver gilding wax.
Gilding wax was the perfect choice to decorate these simple DIY Wood Block Christmas Trees. They look good enough to eat!

The End Results

Wood Block Christmas Trees | Scrap Wood Craft
Anyone can makes these wood block Christmas trees! It's a fun and creative way to decorate your home for the holidays.

Talk about quick and easy; these DIY wood block Christmas trees are sure to be a big hit with your family and friends. But I’m warning you now, get ready to take orders because everyone will want a set. They would make excellent Christmas gifts too.

So, what do you think? Let me know in the comment section below, or say hi and let me know you were here. Oh, and don’t forget to pin this to your DIY Christmas Decor idea board on Pinterest so that you’ll have it for later.

Until the next project… xo, Do

And now for… Blog Hop With My Heart Friends

Heart Friends Blog Hop

And if you’re hopping over from Cindy’s Blog at Reinvented Delaware, thanks for joining me here.

Now, head on over to Tammy’s blog at The White Lilac Farmhouse – She has the cutest mini DIY Christmas Tree Decor Idea! CLICK HERE

Or you can CLICK the photos below to check them all out!

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26 Comments

  • Your Christmas trees look amazing! What a great project. You need to sell these.

  • Oh, Do! These are gorgeous! I havenโ€™t tried plaster of Paris on wood or gilding wax! I think I may have to try these! A gilded version of my pinecone themeโ€ฆperfect!

  • So creative! Love these, Do. Youโ€™ve inspired me to do some of my own, so thank you!

  • Love this Christmas tree idea. Canโ€™t wait to try!
    Thanks!

  • Yours look so cute. Wendy! I can’t wait to see how you paint them up. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Kathy! I’d love to know how yours turns out. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Thanks, Leslie! This was a fun round-up and your idea was brilliant. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • They would sell well. I’ll have to add these to my blog post on woodcraft items that sell. Thanks for the idea. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Omgoodness Do, you have done it again!! This project is so adorable – I’m going to have to make a whole forest of them! Pinned!!

  • Oh wow! These are gorgeous!! How tall did you make these trees? I would love something like this for my mantel.

  • Oh my goodness! I love this. What a great idea to add the plaster and paint!!! Definitely going to give this a try!

  • These trees are awry! Iโ€™m going to try and make some. I love the scalloped detail and the shimmer. Well done, my friend.

  • Thanks, Renea! Super fun to create. Glad you enjoyed them. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Hi Crystal! Thanks so much for joining me here. I think you’ll have a lot of fun with this DIY. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Hi Dawn, the smallest was 7 inches, and then it varied up to 14 inches. I like to stagger the height. Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed these. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • I could totally do a forest on my mantel! What a great idea! Thanks, Cindy. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Oh good heavens, Do! These are awesome!!! I’ve never used gilding wax, but it is definitely on my must-have list now. Thanks bunches!!!

  • Hi Diane! Thank you. I think you’ll have fun creating these. I’ve decided to make a forest! LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love these and definitely making them. Never heard of Glide Paint though. Is it found in craft stores or special order? Again, thank you for the inspiration.

  • I recently discovered your blog.. I love it. I have made a couple of your ideas and I am attempting the trees today. Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi Mary! I’m so glad you found me. I love sharing what I do, and it gives me the warm fuzzies to know others are enjoying it. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • I love your trees! I kinda did the same thing but I used caulking. Itโ€™s my new thing now! Iโ€™m caulking everything!! Lol.
    Love all of your creative ideas!

  • Hi Tammy! I thought about using paintable caulk too. Good to know it works. Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

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