Wood Christmas Trees Made The Easy Way

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Wood Christmas Trees Made The Easy Way

Wait till you see these! Today, I’ll show you how to make these adorable wood Christmas trees from weathered fence boards and some leftover 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…

I made these adorable wood Christmas trees from some old fence lumber. Easy peasy, my kind of project.

Product List:

Below are the supplies I used to create these adorable Christmas Trees.

Assembling The Trees

Use three boards approximately 3 inches wide 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.

I measured the weathered fence boards and cut them in the shape of a Christmas tree.

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.

I connected the tree boards with some left-over 1/4 in plywood. Gorilla glue and a few quick nails.

Decorating Your Wood Christmas Trees

Before you decorate the wood 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.

Because I was going to apply decoupage tissue paper to the wood Christmas trees, I gave then a quick sanding to remove the rough edges.

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 top coat will act as the glue and literally absorb it into the paper.

Liberally apply the topcoat over the decoupage tissue paper. I use this instead of Mod Podge. Works great!

It’s so cool! After the paper is in place, add another layer of the topcoat on top of the tissue paper. The top coat 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.

While the topcoat is still wet, I use a sanding block to gently rub the side to cut the tissue paper perfectly.

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 decoupage paper by watching the video below. I use this technique on furniture, too.

After the decoupage tissue paper, I added a raised stencil to my wood Christmas tree.

Distressing The Wood Christmas Trees

Here’s the fun part. Who am I kidding? It’s all fun.

When tissue paper and Dixie Belle’s topcoat are applied on a rough surface (weathered lumber), it creates the perfect vintage look when distressed. All the rough areas sand back nicely to reveal a super-aged paper. If you’re using them outdoors, you will want to apply a water-resistant topcoat over your wood Christmas trees. Gator Hide is the perfect choice to protect your masterpieces. These little beauties are living on my front porch this holiday season.

Using a sanding sponge, I distressed the decouage tissue paper back to show a bit of the weatherd wood on the wood Christmas tree.

Adorable Wood Christmas Trees

Oh my heavens! These vintage wood Christmas trees have my whole heart.
The vintgae tissue paper was perfect over the weatherd wood on these wood Christmas trees. I'm making more of these!
These mini wood Christmas trees are the perfect addition on my front porch for the hoiliday season.

And THAT is how to use those leftover scraps to create wood Christmas trees 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! What about a Christmas tree door? CLICK HERE to check out this idea for your holiday decorating. Oh, and don’t miss these adorable scrapwood Christmas Churches. They were a HUGE hit and still are!

Do you decorate your front porch? I’d love to hear about your Christmas porch designs, too. Drop me a comment below.

Until the next project… xo, Do



  1. I found a pile of fence panels at the dump a few years ago…..took three or four days to talk my husband into going back for them. He was NOT convinced!! But in all, he’s used more of them than I have!!! Haha! They just don’t understand our β€œvision” until it comes to fruition and it’s staring them in the face…..then they have that aha moment and say things like β€œWow, Babe! You’re so creative!!” LOL

  2. Currently making a set…..well, my brother made them and now I’m painting/stencilling them. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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