Monday, December 16, 2019

DIY Wooden Triangle Christmas Trees

Make an adorable wooden Christmas tree to spruce up your holiday decor.  Made from a 1 X 3 board, some wood backing and craft paint, this wood tree will bring the Christmas spirit to your home.

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree

Are you ready for LOTS of NEW Christmas projects?!  I'm excited to be part of a group of creative bloggers who took the challenge to create new Christmas ornaments and decor to share with YOU!

You can find all the details over at Remodelaholic. Read to the end for links to all the blog posts!

DIY Wooden Triangle Christmas Tree

You guys, I made this with ZERO money out of pocket. I absolutely love projects that I can pull together with things I already have.  I hope you do to!

So if you save scrap wood... if you have a vinyl cutting machine and some vinyl to make a stencil or a decal.... if you have craft paint... if you have a saw and a nail gun {or know someone who shares}... Then you can make it for free too.

If not, this is still an crazy inexpensive project to make.
Build a wooden Christmas tree

Supplies Needed for a Wooden Christmas Tree

1 x 3 - I used scraps
1/4" backing
miter saw
nail gun and nails
stencil / paints or vinyl decal
wood glue
jig saw

Wooden Christmas Tree Plans

{This tutorial is really hard to put into written form.  I did not take pictures of each step, because I made a video!! If something doesn't make sense, please let me know. But first, watch the video because the instructions on it are more thorough and detailed.}
1 - To begin, cut two pieces of wood at a 50 degree angle. The length is not critical at this point, just make sure they are several inches longer than desired, to allow for the angle cuts.

2 - Line up the top of the "tree" so that one 50 degree angle butts up against the other as pictured below.

angles to cut for triangle christmas tree

3 - Cut 20 degree angle in another piece of 1 x 3. This the bottom of the triangle. Determine how large you want your tree and then make a 20 degree cut on the other side of this piece.

4 - Put the bottom of the triangle in place and then trim off the sides of the tree with 20 degree cuts.

5 - Create a base that is 3-4 inches smaller than the bottom of the triangle.

6 - With a brad nail gun and wood glue, secure the tree together.

7 - Trace the outline of the tree onto a piece of 1/4 inch backing. Using a jig saw, cut out the backing. (If you do not want a back, skip ahead)

8 - Stain or paint the wood as desired.

9 - Add a fun stenciled or vinyl design to the backing

10 - Nail the backing in place.

For this tree, I cut out a vinyl stencil {from the Silhouette store}, and painted the different words and designs with craft paint.
triangle christmas tree - diy

For this tree, I cut out the vinyl and used it right on the wood. The Merry Christmas font is Amarillo and the truck and tree are from the Silhouette store {search old truck}

triangle christmas tree - old ruck decal

I made two different sizes of trees.  I think another smaller one would be so cute!

I'm planning to put the old truck tree on the porch and the other one will go inside somewhere.
wooden christmas trees - diy

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  1. What a great way to create a DIY Christmas tree from scraps you already have at home! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. This is a really thorough tutorial, thank you! I love how your wood tree turned out.

  3. I love how colorful this is -- and all from scraps, score! Thanks for joining Creative Christmas!

  4. Beautiful! Such a lovely idea. I want one now LOL

  5. Those trees are a great holidays decor idea. Thank you for sharing at The Reallt Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  6. These are so festive and rustic. And they look pretty simple to make as well. I am pinning to give it a try.

  7. Oh these are so cute and so many possibilities to paint, vinyl, etc. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Your Christmas tree project is adorable! I'll be sharing it tonight at Merry Monday. I hope to see you at the party!

  9. Will the 50 & 20 degree work with a 36” & 24” CHRISTmas tree? How do you know how to tell how big the base will be ahead of time before construction? Thank you in advance for any advice that you can provide me. Thanks for the good tutorial.

    1. Yes the 50 & 20 degrees will work no matter the size. Here's an approximation for the base size (add a few inches to make up for any errors on my part)
      For a 24" tree the base will be approx 19 inches.
      For a 36" tree the base will be approx 28 inches.

      This is definitely not precise. Using my tree and a tape measure, I made a quick guess.