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How to Make a DIY Wood Christmas Tree from Offcuts

Make a cute Tabletop Christmas tree from offcut wood pieces; this is a Quick and Easy Christmas Décor project.

DIY Wood Tabletop Christmas Tree | www.windmillprotea.com

This year has been tough on all of us, am I right?  We all need the magical lights and decorations of Christmas at the moment.  But maybe you are short on time, and your budget is tight.  Then you’ve come to the right place – we are once again sharing Thrifty Thursday ideas today, and specifically Thrifty Christmas projects. 

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We’ve recently completed our home office makeover.  And with the built-in bookcase we built, we accumulated to our wood offcut pile even more.  If you keep all those offcuts, you have to start using them, right?  I did just that for today’s Thrifty Thursday project.  And this cute DIY wood Christmas tree is perfect for when you are short on time as it is quick and easy to make. 

Step 1:  Gather your supplies

I had all supplies the on hand, which makes me even happier – free Christmas crafts!  Yey!  You will need:

  • Wood offcuts
  • We used a jigsaw, but as it is simple cuts, a hand saw should also be fine
  • Course grit sanding paper
  • Wood glue
  • Wood stain or paint in the colour of your choice
DIY Wood Tabletop Christmas Tree - Before | www.windmillprotea.com

Step 2:  Draw a template and cut the wood

I drew out a basic triangle tree shape on an A4 paper and added the skewed lines to use as the cut sheet, which I handed off to Marinus.  He also made a base of about 200mm x 150mm x 10mm and a “tree trunk” of 60mm x 60mm x 20mm.  Marinus cut the tree triangle out of one piece of wood, 20mm thick, with a jigsaw. 

Cut your Christmas Tree | www.windmillprotea.com

Step 3:  Sand the pieces and assemble your tree

Then I started sanding all the pieces individually.  I used a 100 grit sanding paper and really focussed on making the edges and corners rounded and imperfect.  You can sand as much as you prefer – the more you sand, the more rustic your Christmas Tree will look. 

After sanding, I wiped down all the sanding dust and started assembling the tree with wood glue.  I then let it dry overnight.  You can use the tree as-is at this stage if you prefer the raw wood look, or you can continue onto the next step.

Wooden Offcuts cut, sanded and assembled | www.windmillprotea.com

Step 4:  Stain or paint your DIY Wood Christmas Tree

I opted to stain my Christmas tree, for a bit of a rustic look.  You could also paint your tree with a solid colour and paint some ornaments on it as well.  Or you could whitewash and distress the tree – it is all up to you.

DIY Wood Tabletop Christmas Tree - Stained | www.windmillprotea.com
DIY Wood Tabletop Christmas Tree - Complete | www.windmillprotea.com

I only used one coat of stain and let it dry.  After that, I used a slightly darker gel stain and focussed on the joints.  I wanted to darken them so that they would really stand out, and my skewed lines would be visible.  I put on some gel stain right into the joint and wiped off the excess.  And that is it – It is that easy to make your very own DIY wooden tabletop Christmas tree.

DIY Wood Tabletop Christmas Tree | www.windmillprotea.com
DIY Wood Tabletop Christmas Tree - After | www.windmillprotea.com

The Christmas fun does not end here

Take a look at these projects as well:

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How to Make a Wooden Tabletop Christmas Tree | www.windmillprotea.com

This quick and easy tabletop Christmas tree will also make a great gift.  And if you are looking for quick and easy solutions for Christmas decorations, take a look over here. I will be back soon, with even more quick and easy Christmas crafts, so be sure to check back.

Until then, take care!

Junette | www.windmillprotea.com

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6 Comments

  • Sara

    Very cute tree! I love the edging detail so you can see the cuts. Looks like a puzzle!

    December 3, 2020 at 6:48 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thanks, Sara! Maybe we should try and make a real puzzle tree for next year! 😉

      December 31, 2020 at 10:30 am Reply
  • Erin

    I love this tree project. It is so simple yet elegant. I also like the angles and rounded edges on the wood. It turned out beautifully!

    December 7, 2020 at 10:03 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Erin!

      December 31, 2020 at 10:29 am Reply
  • Martina

    This is so adorable Junette! I love it and think I just might have to make a giant version for our front porch next year!

    December 12, 2020 at 5:04 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thanks, Martina! And you know, we always have leftover wood from projects in any case, so it is really easy to make. I’m also planning on making a similar but bigger version next year!

      December 31, 2020 at 10:29 am Reply

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