Christmas scrap wood tree farm
You likely already know how much I love to create projects made out of reclaimed wood. The material is generally free, and of course, nothing beats that rustic charm you can only get from reclaimed sources!
However one super easy project that is a MUST for me personally every Christmas is to come up with a new DIY reclaimed wood Christmas tree of sorts… and today is that day!
Making wood scrap trees is easy! You basically cut up one plank of wood on an angle, then decorate it as desired.
So let’s put a few wood scraps to good use today with a a mini Christmas scrap wood tree farm, made with reclaimed wood and stencils!
This rustic up-cycled Christmas decorating project is cute, easy and will only take you a few minutes to make!
Now what wood to use… the sky’s really the limit with this one. But sometimes what you have on hand as-is can become the perfect direction all on its own…
Remember when I shared building a barn door for the shed?
Some of those black reclaimed cedar planks were not all used up yet, thank goodness! Since I’ve yet to make black trees, I thought… why not? I personally love neutral Christmas decorating and this Christmas scrap wood tree farm could end up having a pretty cool modern farmhouse vibe!
So let’s start off with what I came up with, then I’ll share a couple of ways to stage it… along with some other scrap wood DIY Christmas trees I’ve made in the past too!
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Christmas scrap wood tree farm
Supplies I used:
5.50″ cedar fence planks (mine were tongue and groove however they don’t need to be)
1 pallet plank base – mine is 3.5″ deep x 19″ long.
White and black paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement and Coal Black
Cutting the trees
1. Cut one end of your plank at 15 degrees.
2. Flip board over, then reposition the board until the top of the tree point is in the middle of the cutting track. Cut again.
3. Repeat until all the desired trees are cut.
Adding snow splatters
If you like the idea of black trees, now’s the time to give them a coat of paint. Since my boards were already black, I moved to detailing the trees next.
4. To add ‘snow paint splatters’, load a stencil brush with Fusion’s Casement, then flick the paint onto the trees until desired coverage is complete.
Adding stenciled details
The trees with the white splatters were really cute as-is! However I desired to add a few more stenciled details on some of the trees so they stood out a little more.
5. Position stencil over trees as desired, then stencil in white. (shown is the snowflakes from Mini Christmas Patterns)
Adding bracket tree stands
Since the wood edges on my trees weren’t flat, I added small L-brackets to the bottom of the trees acting as industrial tree stands. I really like the added detail, and think brackets would look cool even with flat cut wood!
6. Place the tree facing down, then position the bottom of the tree against the edge of a table.
7. Position L-bracket on the back of the tree, with the open end facing down. Attach with one short screw per tree.
Tip: to avoid wood splitting, pre-drilling holes is recommended.
Creating a wood sign base
Because I desired to group the trees, a base for the trees was created out of a pallet wood plank, along with space for a tree farm sign to add a festive message.
8. Cut a plank of wood to desired length. Mine measures 3.5″ deep x 19″ long.
Stencil used: Mini Christmas Tree Signs
This is such a perfect stencil, as most letters are approx .75″h, perfect for small tree projects.
However if you prefer more of a Merry Christmas message, the Christmas Crates stencil is another excellent choice!
10. Arrange trees on plank to decorate!
The L brackets make it really easy to attach the trees to the board too if desired! Then unscrew to make storage easier once they are tucked away for another Christmas.
The completed tree farm
How cute right?! It’s a very simple way to display a collection of mini Christmas trees! The plank is narrow enough to fit on any window sill.
However, say you wish to place this Christmas scrap wood tree farm as a main Christmas decorating vignette where it could use a little more punch?
Try layering it on something!
I set the pallet plank on a black flat toolbox, tucked in some fresh cut evergreen branches, and called it done!
I think both ways look adorable!
And of course you can add other Christmas decorations and get as fancy as desired. I had a few white bottle brush trees found at a dollar store last Christmas which I think gives this Christmas scrap wood tree farm a nice touch!
And the sign addition? Well, it’s just cool.
I’m personally loving this Christmas scrap wood tree farm, which will be fun to move around and see where it looks best!
Think you’ll give this easy project a go? How would you customize yours?
Love DIY Christmas trees?
Here’s a few others…
Visit many more reclaimed wood Christmas decorating ideas HERE
View the entire collection of unique rustic Christmas stencils HERE