Monday, December 3, 2018

Wooden Christmas Tree Shadowbox Sign

Build a Christmas tree shadowbox sign with a farmhouse style feel. Using square dowels, a 1 X 2 and just a few other supplies, you can make your own shadowbox in no time.

I chose to stain all the wood, except the backing, which I painted white.

 I love the monochromatic look, with the slight variations in color from the different pieces and grains of the wood.

DIY wood Christmas tree shadowbox sign

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It's Day 7 and we are sharing Holiday Decor Ideas!

Wooden Christmas Tree Shadowbox Sign

Christmas tree shadowbox sign

Supplies needed for Wooden Christmas Tree Shadowbox

3/4" square dowels
1" X 2" board
1/4" wood backing
stain - I used Early American from Minwax
nail gun / nails
wood glue
hot glue

pieces for tree

I had a pile of these square boards. I had trimmed down some boards and the remaining pieces were almost square. Feel free to use 3/4" square dowels.

square dowels cut out for tree

diy wood christmas tree shadowbox sign

How to Make a Wooden Christmas Tree Shadowbox

1 - Trim the dowels to the following sizes.

 2 of each: 2", 7", 8"
and one of each: 1", 3", 4", 5", 6", 9"

Sand them down.

building the frame of the shadowbox

2 - For the frame, from a 1" X 2" cut:
two pieces 10 1/2 inches long
two pieces 12 inches long

Stain the pieces for the frame and for the tree. Also stain the wooden star. I used early american stain from minwax.

3 - Cut a 12 " X 12" piece of 1/4" backing.
Paint with white paint.

4 - Build your frame. Using wood glue and a nail gun, build your frame with simple butt joints. The ends of the 10 1/2 inch pieces butt up against the sides of the 12" pieces to form a square. Attach the back with the nail gun.

putting together the christmas tree shadowbox

5 - Attach the tree pieces with hot glue. I used this clear ruler, placed in the center to help guide the placement of the pieces.

Don't forget to pin it!
Build your own wood Christmas tree shadowbox sign

Stay tuned for Christmas in a Jar


  1. What a pretty wooden tree. Thanks for the great tutorial, I would love to make one.

  2. Love the rustic charm of your wooden tree shadow box!

  3. What a cute and simple way to bring some rustic charm to the Christmas decor! Love it!

  4. What a cute idea for a DIY Christmas tree! I love the idea of putting it in a shadow box.

  5. What a lovely idea for a shadow box! The rustic tree looks great.

  6. That is such a lovely idea. It works as a nice decoration for winter.

  7. Such a cute idea! I love the simplicity of it and that you just stained the wood instead of painting it.

  8. It's just lovely!
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  9. Great ideas, thank you for bringing it to FF.

  10. This is such a fun idea! And I'll bet hubby has all the scrap lumber to make it too!