Wood Christmas Tree - Get Crafty this Holiday Season with DIY Christmas Projects

Wood Christmas Tree - How To - For Outdoors or Indoors

Build a wooden Christmas tree suitable for both outdoor or indoor use this holiday season. A wooden Christmas tree can add a rustic charm to your outdoor space, complementing the winter landscape and creating a cozy atmosphere. This Christmas tree uses nine horizontally cut boards and one additional board for the trunk.

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Wood Christmas Tree - How To - For Outdoors or Indoors

Wood Christmas Tree Dimensions

Follow the instructions below for assembling the Christmas tree, with dimensions specified for the inches of the bottom edge (longest edge of each board):

3.75 inches
8.75 inches
14 inches
19 inches
24.25 inches
29.25 inches
34.5 inches
39.5 inches
45 inches

Be sure there is a 2-inch spacing between each board during the assembly process. The tree's height is 47.5 inches, measured from the top of top board to bottom edge of last horizontal board.

The wood can be left its natural wood color, or use a green wash or alternate with both red and green wash. A wash typically involves applying a diluted or thinned-down stain or paint to create a translucent layer. It is used to add color to wood while allowing the natural grain to show through.

You have the flexibility to design and decorate the tree according to your preferences, creating a unique and personalized outdoor holiday decoration. Add the Christmas words (as seen in the top photo) included on this page or hang Christmas ornaments from the tree.

For a printable instruction sheet, refer to the instruction page image below.

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Make your new wood Christmas tree a durable and long-lasting addition to your outdoor holiday decor. Since it will be exposed to the elements, here are a few steps to protect the wood.

1. Make sure the stain you are using is designed for exterior use and provides UV protection.

2. Apply a clear outdoor wood sealant or varnish to protect the wood after staining.

3. Elevate the tree: If possible, place the tree on a platform or legs to elevate it slightly above the ground. This helps to prevent the bottom of the tree from sitting in standing water, reducing the risk of decay.

4. Cover or Store During Harsh Weather: If extreme weather conditions are expected (heavy rain, storms, etc.), consider covering the tree with a tarp or storing it in a protected area temporarily. Remove any snow promptly from the tree to prevent excess moisture buildup.

By taking these steps, you can help protect the wood of your stained outdoor Christmas tree and ensure that it maintains its appearance and structural integrity over time.

Building a wooden outdoor Christmas tree can be a delightful and rewarding project that adds a touch of warmth and festive spirit to your outdoor spaces.

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Spray mini-gourds with polyurethane after painting and decorating for a nice shine.