Rustic Christmas tree vertical sign for Christmas decorating
Vertical Christmas signs are very popular right now. Have you noticed?
And a good idea! Christmas vertical porch signs don’t take up much horizontal space, and they are easy to store. Plus, you can even design both sides of the sign if you wish!
I’ve done a few myself and they are fun to make! But I had another idea in mind for this Christmas…
Most vertical signs have words. But this round, I visualized this tall skinny pencil Christmas tree, standing inside a tree crate, sitting on top of a sleigh. With limitless options to decorate both tree and crate. Neat idea, right?
This would require a Christmas stencil that could be grabbed year after year with no two finished projects needing to look alike!
So I made it happen…
About this stencil
View stencil: Tall Christmas Tree in Crate HERE
Tall Christmas Tree in Crate is a tall, vertical sign stencil with a ton of decorating potential. Both the tree and crate can be decorated as desired!
In fact, an added stencil called Mini Christmas Tree Signs was also designed to letter the crate with!
However, I took a slightly different direction…
I decided to have some fun and add a 3D crate. And that’s when the tree theme popped into my head. This was going to become a Christmas Crates-themed tree!
And the outcome turned out SO cool! I can’t wait for you to see this one and how it looks in my own living room!
So here’s what I made, with two ways to display it!
Rustic Christmas tree vertical sign
Supplies I used:
3 long reclaimed wood cedar planks (5.25″ x 4′ each)
2 smaller side support boards (1×2 16″ long each)
Cordless drill and screws
Air nailer gun (optional)
Preparing the tree sign base
1. Cut reclaimed sign boards to desired size, along with two smaller support boards.
My overall sign measures 16″ wide x 4′ high.
- Three 5.25″ x 48″ reclaimed cedar fence planks
- Two 1×2 16″ long support boards
2. If you wish to add a 3D crate, cut additional boards to fit as desired.
I’ll be sharing more on how I made my own crate further down this post.
Painting the Christmas tree
3. If using a 3D crate, reposition stencil around crate to fit.
This is the time to dry fit your chosen 3D crate with the tree stencil to ensure the tree and sleigh will be centered on your boards after you add your 3D crate, if it’s larger than the crate on the stencil.
4. Paint or stencil tree.
Now this is about the time I would normally say, ‘Grab your favorite stencil brush!’
However, since this tree area was so large, I painted the tree with a regular paint brush, taking care to tap along the edges like I would with a stencil brush so no paint bled underneath.
When you get to the edges, try a combo of brushing towards the centre of the tree as well as some tapping.
It works great!
View the short video at the bottom of this post to see how I did it.
.5. Reposition the stencil to incorporate your 3D crate, then stencil in the sleigh rails.
Decorating the Christmas tree
I honestly had planned to use the Christmas Sweater stencil. But once again, the reclaimed pallet wood vibe took over and I took another direction…
Grabbing Christmas Crates instead, I decided to decorate the Christmas tree with Christmas crate stayings that chimed in perfectly with the theme of the sign and the season!
6. Position stencil the way it was designed, starting from the bottom of the tree, working up.
I didn’t juggle the words. I just used them they way they were designed on the sheet. Thank goodness for even spacing! It turned out amazing!
As I neared the top of the tree, I juggled things to fit a little more.
The paint colour chosen is Fusion’s Algonquin, because it had a crate tone which ended up being perfect!
Christmas crates indeed! I LOVE the way this rustic Christmas tree vertical sign took on a true crate-theme! Totally unexpected… and perfect.
Two ways to make a Christmas tree crate
Simple tree crate
So let’s chat about 3D crates.
My first choice was to build a very simple crate with 2 blocks of wood shown above.
You can also create a gap inside the crate if you add some spacer boards underneath.
Here’s what I ended up doing…
Detailed tree crate with space inside
I wanted my little crate to resemble a real crate made from planks, along with a space inside to tuck things.
So I played blocks, cutting small pieces of reclaimed wood down to desired sizes, then attaching them together with an air nail gun. It turned out so cute!
I don’t grab my air nail gun enough. I know I’d use it more if I had a battery powered air nail gun LIKE THIS. It’s on my wish list!
The two boards that resemble rabbit ears were slipped underneath to create a space inside the crate.
Attaching the tree crate
The crate was positioned into place with two L-brackets tucked behind and over top of the crate.
I really like the black L-brackets in this group!
Then the crate was moved so the L-brackets could be screwed to the board.
The crate was then slipped back into place and attached to the L-brackets with short black screws.
I personally favor short drywall screws or black truss head screws HERE.
For a fun crate detail, I added a small green antique padlock! What luck!
And with the rustic Christmas tree vertical sign now complete, here’s how it turned out!
Tree Christmas card holder
The little crate was designed to be the perfect size to hold Christmas cards if desired. How cute is that?!
Gotta love a productive Christmas sign, right?
However once the Rustic Christmas tree vertical sign was carried into my living room where it will stay…
Christmas tree wall art
… the crate turned into the perfect place to tuck in a few Christmas decorations along with some fresh cut greens!
So cute! I honestly love it both ways. And who knows… it may change again once I decorate my entire living room!
It’s nice to have a choice though, right?
It looks SO good on my new cozied-up quirky board and batten living room wall!
This is the very wall that I stare at the most, so why not treat myself to something cool to look at?
Video – how to paint the tree
Click above to watch the super short video on how to paint the tree!
Music: Photo Album by Bensound.com
This rustic Christmas tree vertical sign is a perfect fit! Size and style-wise.
Hmm… looks like my theme is leaning towards rustic crates this year…
I’m all over that one for sure…
How would you decorate the tree to suit your home?
See all Christmas stencils HERE
Other vertical Christmas signs you may enjoy:
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