DIY Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star

Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star in chippy white boards for a front porch

DIY Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star

If you love the rustic look of reclaimed wood, this Christmas project is perfect for you! Learn how to build your own rustic DIY reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star using free scrap wood!

I love decorating my front porch for Christmas. In fact, I’ve since made a few cool vertical porch signs you can check out HERE.

However this year, I wasn’t sure what to put up yet.

But after glancing around my festive, surrounding neighbour’s front porches of cute toboggans and pretty greens, I looked at my own bare porch, called myself a scrooge, and vowed to change that! And boy did I!

So I rummaged through my wood stash in my workshop, and came up with a pretty cute and festive project…

Have you too ever wondered how to make a Christmas tree out of pallets? I do believe this is the tutorial to copy!

Because thanks to this pallet Christmas tree or DIY reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star, made from free scrap wood for absolutely free, my Christmas front porch turned out as cute as can be!

This wood or pallet tree ended up being one of my favorite December DIY projects to date! But best to start collecting reclaimed wood or wooden pallets in November or earlier, so you have plenty of time to make a few for yourself or as gifts.

Scrooge no more, here’s the instructions on what I did:

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DIY Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star

chippy reclaimed fence wood

Supplies you will need

 

reclaimed wood planks

measuring tape

orbital sander

miter saw

cordless drill and screws

chippy reclaimed fence wood

Gathering and preparing the 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 up to work.

1. Gather plenty of like-minded reclaimed wood planks.

These fence planks happened to be chippy white, however any planks will do. It’ll just change the look!

2. Prepare the reclaimed wood by pressure washing, allowing to dry, then lightly sanding.

Other wood sources to consider:

 

  • repurposed wood pallets
  • any wood planks, even new
  • reclaimed barn wood
  • plywood sheets

Other helpful woodworking tips to try:

 

Read The Easiest Way to Clean Reclaimed Wood HERE

Learn if your pallet wood is safe from THIS POST

How to take apart old pallets or fence planks easily 

 

Learn how to build this easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!

Learn how to build this easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!

Building a wood tree stand

 

3. Use one plank to create a tree stand, Charlie Brown tree style!

The size of your stand should be dependent on the size of your tree. I will admit, this stand was a little too small. Try longer boards than I did, and you may get more stability if you position the stand in an x, rather than a cross.

  • Cut one board into two longer lengths, and two short pieces.
  • Center, then cross the two longer boards.
  • Tuck the smaller pieces under the top board at the far edges as shown above.

Learn how to build this easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!

  • 4. Flip the boards good side down, then attach the boards together with screws from the underside.

Pre-drilling holes prior to screwing the wood is a good idea if your reclaimed wood is brittle, to avoid splitting the wood.

Learn how to build this easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!

Making a tall wood tree stand

 

4. Cut a tall wood post to the desired height of your DIY wood Christmas tree.

I used a 3 x 3 post.


Learn how to build this easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!

5. Position the post on top of the stand, then assemble the post and stand together by screwing the wood together from underneath the stand.

Now for the really fun part!


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

 

1. Select an angle on the miter saw for all your angle cuts, which will create the Christmas tree shape.

I believe my angle was about 35 degrees.


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.

Cut one side of the plank…

cutting angled boards for a reclaimed wood Christmas tree on a miter saw
… then keeping the board in the same position where the same bottom faces you, flip the board over, and cut the other side at your desired length.

Learn how to build this easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!
2. To cut the next board, cut one edge first, lay your fully cut board on top of the new board, and pencil in the same length.

Learn how to build this easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!
3. Position the board in miter saw until the pencil mark hits the 2, then cut.

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

Repeat with all the rest of the needed tree boards.

Building a reclaimed wood Christmas tree with chippy white wood

Assembling the reclaimed wood tree

 

4. Mark the centre of each board, and screw each one to the tall support post, starting from the longest bottom board, working towards the top of the tree.

I used one screw to secure each board, however you could use more.

Painting and protecting the tree

 

At this point you could paint, stain or protect the tree with some kind of outdoor wood protectant if desired.

However I left my own chippy fence wood as-is, as my tree would be sitting under cover. It weathered perfectly.

Christmas crates stencil from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

View Christmas Crates stencil HERE

shipping crate stamps stencil by Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Check out Shipping Crate Stamps stencil HERE

How to stencil pallet crate markings

 

Another paint treatment to consider adding a pallet look with either of these two stencils, with one of them being Christmas-themed!

View Christmas Crates stencil HERE

Check out Shipping Crate Stamps stencil HERE

See how the Christmas Crates was used on THIS TREE PROJECT. So cool!

Learn how to build this easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!

Wood scrap Christmas tree star

 

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 easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!

Learn how to build this easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!1. Cut angle pieces as shown.

2. Dry-fit hinges that connect each of the star points, pencil-in screw holes, then pre-drill pilot holes. Attach with short screws.

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

Learn how to build this easy reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star for porch decor for Christmas... with no measuring! Click to full tutorial!

Decorating ideas for the DIY Christmas tree

And your beautiful DIY wood Christmas tree is now ready to decorate any way you wish!

  • use mini Christmas string lights or fairy lights
  • hang a DIY garland
  • add hooks to hang ornaments
  • attach rusty junk with ribbon


Learn how to make your own DIY Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star using free scrap wood! Visit the full tutorial, which also includes a Charlie Brown tree stand, decorating ideas and more!

Mason jar pinecone twig garland tutorial is HERE.

I rather liked how this mason jar pine cone twig garland looked!  Very quirky!

And of course, you can also build this DIY tree smaller for small-space decorating too such as beside a fireplace. Even a family of wood trees all different sizes would look super cool! See where your own creativity takes you!

And with that, I have one final thought…

Learn how to make your own DIY Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star using free scrap wood! Visit the full tutorial, which also includes a Charlie Brown tree stand, decorating ideas and more!
What scrooge? My Christmas front porch has never looked better!

Think you’ll give this alternative Christmas tree project a go?


Other DIY Christmas trees to make:

 

Learn how to make this scrap wood tree farm Christmas decor with stencils! Click for full tutorial.

Wood scrap Christmas tree farm

 

Learn how to make these charming reclaimed wood Christmas and winter trees from scrap wood and stencils! Click to visit full tutorial.

Christmas and winter reclaimed wood trees, crate-style!

 

Learn how to make these string wrapped Christmas Trees with rusty junk basis and a cute Trees sign with stencils! Click to read full tutorial.

String wrapped wood scrap Christmas trees

 

Vertical Christmas tree sign with stencils

Vertical Christmas tree porch sign with added 3D crate

 

Learn how to build this tree shaped You Cut Tree Farm Christmas sign from pallet wood, tucked inside a Buffalo Checked Christmas vintage sleigh. Click to read full tutorial.

A You Cut Tree Farm tree sign in a Buffalo Checked crate

 

.Visit many other DIY wood Christmas trees HERE

 

Check out all rustic wood Christmas decorating HERE

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36 thoughts on “DIY Reclaimed wood Christmas tree and star

  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

  7. Thank you for this inspiration. I am so glad I didn’t put our old gate to the curb. Didn’t know what it wanted to be. Ta da Christmas tree. Love this! Love re cycling when it’s so adorable.

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