Wait till you see these! Today I’ll show you how to make these adorable wood Christmas trees out of weathered fence boards and some left-over scraps. It’s always around this time of the year that I start thinking about all the DIY Christmas decor projects I want to make. And because I like to put my own spin on my home decor, I’m decoupaging them with some scrap decoupage tissue paper. They turned out so cute and I can’t wait to show you.
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How To Make Wood Christmas Trees
How stinking cute are these? I also made tiny churches from this same weathered fence lumber. CLICK HERE to get all the details. Once again, saving our old fence turned out to be a great idea. And you bet I say “I told you so” to Mr. Honey Do every chance I get. Ha! These are cute as is, but…
Below are the supplies you will need to re-create these adorable Christmas Trees.
- Weathered fence lumber (3-inch width)
- Carpenter’s Square
- Circular Saw
- Nail Gun
- Wood Glue
- scrap 1/4 inch plywood (or anything similar)
- Electric Sander (or medium grit sandpaper)
- Sanding Sponge
- Clear Topcoat (satin) aka decoupage glue
- Decoupage Tissue Paper Buffalo Check
- Decoupage Tissue Paper Damask
- Paintbrush (for topcoat)
- MUD (white) for raised stenciling
- MUD Spatula
- Gator Hide waterproof topcoat
Assembling The Trees
Use 3 boards approximately 3 inches in width to create the wood Christmas trees. The height of each tree depends on the cuts. Make them all the same height or stagger them as I did. My trees measured 48 inches, 42 inches, and 26 inches in height for your reference.
After cutting your boards, secure them with 1/4 in plywood (or whatever thin pieces of wood you have) wood glue, and nails. I save all my wood scraps pieces of wood for this very reason.
Decorating Your Wood Christmas Trees
If you’re using weathered lumber, lightly sand with medium grit paper to prepare the wood for decoupage. The surface will still be rough but that’s okay. You’ll see as we go along.
Decoupage On Wood Christmas Trees
Apply a thick coat of Dixie Belle’s topcoat to the wood Christmas tree first. Then apply the decoupage tissue paper over the topcoat. The topcoat will act as the glue and literally absorb into the paper. It’s so cool! After the paper is in place, add another layer of the topcoat on the top of the tissue paper. The topcoat will appear bluish in color but will dry clear.
While the topcoat is still wet, use a sanding sponge to gently trim the edges of the tissue paper for a perfect edge. Gently rub away from the paper on the wood Christmas tree in one direction. Do not rub back and forth.
Adding A Raised Stencil
Use a reusable stencil and Dixie Belle’s MUD to create the raised design on the wood Christmas tree. Learn how to apply a raised stencil by watching the video below. I use this technique on furniture too.
Distressing The Wood Christmas Trees
Here’s the fun part. When tissue paper and Dixie Belle’s topcoat are applied on a rough surface (weathered lumber) it creates the perfect vintage look when it’s distressed. All the rough areas sand back nicely to reveal a super-aged paper. You will want to apply a water-resistant topcoat over your wood Christmas trees if you’re using them outdoors. Gator Hide is the perfect choice to protect your masterpieces. These little beauties are living on my front porch this holiday season.
And THAT is how to use those left-over scraps to create a wood Christmas tree on a budget. Unique and one of a kind. You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood with these little cuties. Yes, I do have a dresser on my front porch. Would you expect otherwise? I’m creative!
Do you decorate your front porch? I’d love to hear about your Christmas porch designs too. Drop me a comment below. Muah!
Until the next project…