Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star

Learn how to build this charming and easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star using chippy white boards for front porch Christmas decorating! Click to view full tutorial!

Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star

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!

Here’s how I made this adorable reclaimed wood Christmas tree without measuring every piece of board!

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Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star

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Gathering white chippy wood to create the perfect reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for front porch decorating for Christmas! Click for full tutorial.

Supplies I used:

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White chippy fence wood I picked up a while back

Plain reclaimed wood for the tree stand

Miter saw

Cordless drill and screws

Random hinges and rusty junk

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


Creating a Charlie Brown tree styled wooden rustic Christmas tree stand for the perfect reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for front porch decorating for Christmas! Click for full tutorial.

How to make the tree stand:

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1. Cut two equally sized wood pieces, and two small supports.


Creating a Charlie Brown tree styled wooden rustic Christmas tree stand for the perfect reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for front porch decorating for Christmas! Click for full tutorial.

2. Layer one plank on top of the other in a cross position. Slip small supports under the top board to create a rustic Christmas tree stand.

Creating a Charlie Brown tree styled wooden rustic Christmas tree stand for the perfect reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for front porch decorating for Christmas! Click for full tutorial.

3. Predrill holes, then screw the Christmas tree stand together from underneath with screws.

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Creating a Charlie Brown tree styled wooden rustic Christmas tree stand for the perfect reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for front porch decorating for Christmas! Click for full tutorial.

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

I suggest to cut your tree boards first, so you can determine how long to cut the support post.

Creating a Charlie Brown tree styled wooden rustic Christmas tree stand for the perfect reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for front porch decorating for Christmas! Click for full tutorial.

Afterthoughts:

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 set a miter saw angle to create the perfect rustic reclaimed wood no-measure Christmas tree for front porch Christmas decorating! Click for full tutorial.

 

How to cut measureless tree boards:

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

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

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How to set a miter saw angle to create the perfect rustic reclaimed wood no-measure Christmas tree for front porch Christmas decorating! Click for full tutorial.
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…

How to set a miter saw angle to create the perfect rustic reclaimed wood no-measure Christmas tree for front porch Christmas decorating! Click for full tutorial.
… then flip the board over, and cut the other side to your desired length.

How to set a miter saw angle to create the perfect rustic reclaimed wood no-measure Christmas tree for front porch Christmas decorating! Click for full tutorial.
2. To cut your next board, cut one edge first, then lay your fully cut board on top of the unfinished board, and pencil-in the same length.

How to set a miter saw angle to create the perfect rustic reclaimed wood no-measure Christmas tree for front porch Christmas decorating! Click for full tutorial.
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. So easy!

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4. Mark the centre of each board, then screw it to the post.

My tree used one screw to attach each board.

Learn how to build this charming and easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star using chippy white boards for front porch Christmas decorating! Click to view full tutorial!

How to build a reclaimed wood star

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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. 

Learn how to build this charming and easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star using chippy white boards for front porch Christmas decorating! Click to view full tutorial!

Learn how to build this charming and easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star using chippy white boards for front porch Christmas decorating! Click to view full tutorial!

How-to:

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1. 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.

Learn how to build this charming and easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star using chippy white boards for front porch Christmas decorating! Click to view full tutorial!

The finished reclaimed wood Christmas tree!

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Then decorate your new old reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star 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… ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Learn how to build this charming and easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star using chippy white boards for front porch Christmas decorating! Click to view full tutorial!

Mason jar pinecone twig garland tutorial is HERE.

You really can’t do anything wrong with this tree! Any old relic or rusty junk or lights or Christmas decorations or just natural evergreen branches all suit this reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star!

Try making some different sizes to create a tree forest! And on it goes.

You’ll love the outcome, and honestly, with the white chippy boards, it takes on a winter tree after Christmas.

Think you’ll try making one?

Learn how to build this charming and easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star using chippy white boards for front porch Christmas decorating! Click to view full tutorial!
Which brings me to close with… what scrooge? ๐Ÿ™‚


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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! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Audrey
    sunset beach ca

  7. Not only is that tree awesome but the instructions on how you cut the pieces to size was no less than brilliant! Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thank you for this inspiration. I am so glad I didnโ€™t put our old gate to the curb. Didnโ€™t know what it wanted to be. Ta da Christmas tree. Love this! Love re cycling when itโ€™s so adorable.