Scrooge-less reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star

Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star in chippy white boards for a front porch / funkyjunkinteriors.net
I’m embarrassed to admit, I can’t remember the last time I decorated outdoors for Christmas.

Much of that has to do with the front door and side windows needing paint.

And the concrete needing work.

And the whole outside needing… a good farmhouse experience. Or something.

Or a pretty for sale sign on the front yard would work wonders…

When things aren’t up to par, they don’t make for great backgrounds!

So as I was glancing around my festive, surrounding neighbour’s front porches of cute toboggans and pretty greens, I looked at my own mess, called myself a scrooge, and vowed to change that this year.

With a Scrooge-less reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for the front porch!

chippy reclaimed fence wood
Remember all that amazing, chippy fence wood I picked up not long ago?

Grabbing from my wonderful stacked setup in the workshop, I set to work.

cutting a christmas tree stand from scrap wood
cutting a christmas tree stand from scrap wood
creating a tree stand from scrap wood for a DIY reclaimed wood Christmas tree
creating a tree stand from scrap wood for a DIY reclaimed wood Christmas tree
creating a stand for a DIY reclaimed wood Christmas tree using a Makita drill / funkyjunkinteriors.net
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How to make a stand

First you need a stand. 

1. Cut two equal wood pieces, and two small supports.

2. Layer as pictured.

3. Predrill holes, then screw the works together.

My fav cordless drill in the whole wide world is the Makita HERE. (affiliate link)

4. Attach a tall post to the stand from the bottom. 

5. Cat proofing a huge bonus.

After thought: I’d criss cross the stand against the post if I made another, rather than having it sit like a plus sign. I think a criss cross would offer more stability.

Oh… and a little bigger too.

Call this one a 10pm brainstorm.


how to angle your miter saw
How to cut the tree boards

I wanted to figure out an easy way to cut all the boards evenly without having to take a tape measure to them. I believe this is it!

1. Swing your miter saw to a desired angle for your Christmas tree edges.

Everyone needs a miter saw. Here’s my DREAM SAW. (affiliate link)

cutting angled boards for a reclaimed wood Christmas tree on a miter saw
2. Starting with the bottom of the tree, cut the longest board first. 

* My first board was 28″ long, x 4″ deep. The tree ended up being 38″ tall. I suggest to cut all your small planks first, then the post last, to ensure it’s long enough for your tree.

Chop one side…

cutting angled boards for a reclaimed wood Christmas tree on a miter saw
… then flip the board over, and cut the other side to your desired length.

cutting angled boards for a reclaimed wood Christmas tree on a miter saw
2. To cut your next board, cut one edge first, lay your fully cut board on top of the new board, and pencil in the same length.

cutting angled boards for a reclaimed wood Christmas tree on a miter saw
3. Adjust board in miter saw until the pencil mark hits the 2, then cut.

Repeat, using your newest cut board as your new guide.

This will cut all your boards 2″ shorter from the last.

attaching angled boards for a reclaimed wood Christmas tree / funkyjunkinteriors.net
4. Mark the centre of each board, and screw to the post.

My tree used one screw on each board.

Seriously. I plan to take it apart after Christmas and reuse the wood. (since I don’t have room to store it!)

How to make a reclaimed wood star from woods craps and old hinges for a DIY Christmas tree / funkyjunkinteriors.net
How to make a reclaimed wood star using scrap wood tips

I didn’t want to go to a ton of work making a perfect star. No patience for that.

So… I used the edge cuts from the tree boards to build this. How easy is that?

With one exception. The top peak will have to be custom cut, to align with the bottom legs. 

How to make a reclaimed wood star from woods craps and old hinges for a DIY Christmas tree / funkyjunkinteriors.net

How to make a reclaimed wood star from woods craps and old hinges for a DIY Christmas tree / funkyjunkinteriors.net1. Cut angle pieces as shown.

2. Once your pieces are cut, pre drill holes, then attach with short screws.

3. Attach a large hinge behind the star, to attach to the tree.

Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star in chippy white boards for a front porch / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Decorate as desired!

It looked really cute strung from side to side with white mini lights too, but my outdoor plug doesn’t work.

(whatever)

Set against the Christmas tree branches I found on the ground, it’s a festive indication on what lies beyond that unpainted front door… 🙂

Wouldn’t this be cute hung in an entry, loaded with key hooks?

If you did that, I’d just attach each board directly to the wall. Because ‘drywall filler’ happens to be my middle name…

Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star in chippy white boards for a front porch / funkyjunkinteriors.net

Mason jar pinecone twig garland tutorial is HERE.

Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star in chippy white boards for a front porch / funkyjunkinteriors.net
What scrooge? 🙂


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  1. Oh please do not take apart that beautiful tree! I’m not sure what the shipping would be but I would buy it in a minute if I could get it to Alabama! Love you and your style so much!!

  2. I just love your tree. The boards you chose were just the perfect shabby distress. I will be on the hunt for fence now. Love all your projects and the inspiration that you give us all. Have a Merry Christmas my Funky Junk Friend!
    Hugs
    Becky

  3. You are so funny!! I love your sense of humor! I laughed all the way through this blog today. I really love your cute little Christmas tree! Where would you want to move to if you sold your house? Austin, Texas? That would be great, and we love people on bikes down here. Your son could go to Univ of Texas. See, it’s all planned out! Ya’ll come on down!
    I also loved your Coca-Cola centerpiece from yesterday. And guess what I found in my attic 3 days ago while looking for other Christmas items that had seemingly evaporated? A CC crate made into a little wagon. That’s my project for today. Love your blogs! You’re the best!

  4. I love that your helper dressed up for the occasion (tuxedo kitty)! Merry Christmas from Southern Oregon. Thank you for all the inspiration!
    (By the way, I’m originally from Ontario).

  5. Hi, Donna! That is SO DARN BEAUTIFUL! I love everything about it, and your photos are just gorgeous. Thanks for the wonderful post, now super inspired to look at my pile-o-junky-wood again.

  6. love this Donna your best & most creative person! love this tree and Lake or is it Skye? looks like he or she has his winter coat on! 🙂
    Audrey
    sunset beach ca

    • Hi Ann! I started with a 28″ long x 4″ deep board. The tree ended up being 32″ high. I’d suggest to cut all your small boards first, then the post last to ensure it’s long enough. Good question, I’ll add this info to the post!