Homemade DIY wood Christmas trees are so fun to make and easy to customize! This guide shows you 12+ different wooden Christmas tree ideas to make in all shapes, sizes and styles. Ready to whip up a few of your own for Christmas decorating? Here’s how!
If you’ve been hanging around my neck of the woods long enough, you’ll already know how invested I’ve been in creating wood Christmas trees from scrap wood over the years!
They are so fun and versatile to use as holiday decor, easy and affordable made from scratch, and since their size makes them super easy to place nearly anywhere, they’re equally easy to store.
Ever wish you could just take one long easy scroll to see a bunch of wooden Christmas tree ideas in one sitting so you can pick and choose the ones you wish to make?
Allow me to grant that wish!
So today, I’m sharing 12+ of my own DIY Christmas trees made of wood in all shapes, sizes, colors and placements, so you can whip up a few for yourself too!
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Acrylic paint or Fusion Mineral Paint (get 10% off HERE)
Stencil brushes (I personally love dome-tipped)
Small wooden dowels for a tree trunk
Some kind of base for the trees: toolbox, wood blocks, wood plank, cutting board, crates, etc.
Miter saw (see MY miter saw review HERE)
Read about all fav DIY tool must-haves HERE
Fairy lights or small string lights
Where to find reclaimed wood?
- Wood pallets
- Falling down fences
- Wood scraps from the workshop
- Purchase cedar from lumber stores
Most any scrap wood will do for making tabletop wooden Christmas trees. However the more variety you have, the more unique the results can become!
I personally collect lots of wood from fallen down fences, and pallets. Bonus points if you can land a fence that’s chippy and white!
Just keep your eyes open wherever you go. Lots of times I find piles of random wood planks on the curb which can also come in very handy!
How to prepare and clean reclaimed wood
- Collect wood from pallets or fences
- Remove all nails
- Pressure wash or brush to clean
- Allow to dry well
- Store until needed
After collecting wood, I like to spread it all over the lawn, pressure wash both sides, then allow to fully dry before storing so it’s ready to build with when desired.
If the finish is too delicate for a pressure washer, I’ll hose it down instead and do light brushing if it won’t remove the original patina too much.
HERE’S a great post to read on the best way to clean and prepare reclaimed wood for building.
So now that you know where to find wood and how to prepare it, let’s build some wood Christmas trees of all kinds!
12+ DIY Wood Christmas trees to make from scrap wood!
Stenciled Christmas tree sign
Stenciled wood Christmas tree with a tree skirt crate
Stencils: Tall Christmas Tree in Crate / Christmas Crates
This Christmas tree couldn’t be easier to make! Using a stencil for guidance, the tree is painted on wood, then stenciled with a Christmas Crates pattern right on top.
But the icing on the cake is the wood Christmas tree skirt that was built to hold additional Christmas decorations or become a Christmas card holder!
This is a great Christmas sign that is perfect for a Christmas porch, or hung as wall art.
Industrial wood Christmas trees with rusty gear tree skirts
Tutorial: Industrial wood Christmas trees with gears
These unique wooden Christmas trees wear an industrial flavor, thanks to their washer Christmas decorations and small chain garlands.
Add some rusty gears to act as Christmas tree skirts to fully get the steampunk look!
Wood Christmas trees with wood block presents as tree skirts
Tutorial: Wood Christmas trees with tree skirt presents
These easy and charming scrap wood Christmas trees in present bases are easy to make, and fun to customize!
The present ribbon is stenciled on easily and quickly with Grain Sack Stripe stencils!
Small wooden Christmas trees with crate markings
Tutorial: Small wooden Christmas trees, crate-style
Stencils – Christmas Crates / Mini Christmas Patterns
These super easy scrap wood Christmas trees shown in both Christmas and winter ideas are easy to make! Wooden triangles make very simple trees, then stencil Mini Christmas Patterns and Christmas Crates to get these festive looks!
Chippy string-wrapped wood Christmas trees with junk tree skirts
Tutorial: String wrapped Christmas junk base trees with mini TREES sign
Stencil – Christmas Trees stencil
This festive wooden Christmas tree project uses small chippy wood triangles decked out with adorable junk bases as tree skirts.
Add a mini Christmas sign and you have the perfect little Christmas tree farm vignette!
Wood Christmas tree farm
Tutorial: Mini Christmas Tree Farm with Scrap Wood
Stencil: Mini Christmas Tree Signs
If you have a little scrap wood, this adorable mini Christmas tree farm with scrap wood can be made in just a few minutes!
The scale of this stencil suits smaller projects perfectly!
Illuminated Christmas Trees sign with a wood frame
Tutorial: Illuminated Christmas Trees sign
Create a truly unique Christmas tree sign by repeating the tree pattern on this stencil, then illuminate them with mini white Christmas lights!
Stenciled Buffalo Check and Plaid wood Christmas trees
Stencils: Buffalo Check Medium / Plaid Shirt
These lovely trees were created and gifted to me by my friend Missy from The LIttle Green Bean! The tree shapes were hand cut, then stenciled first with Buffalo Check, then one tree with Plaid Shirt on top.
I turned one tree around and painted it a traditional red and black Buffalo Check, however MIssy’s black and white Buffalo Check offers the perfect neutral look for Christmas, winter or all season!
Rustic fire log wood Christmas trees
This easy wooden tree project is created by slicing up firewood, then setting them on various branches or random bases to create unique tree skirts.
Add pinecones, buttons for ornaments or clip on an evergreen branch with a glued on clothespin to decorate the trees!
Pallet Christmas Tree and sign with bucket tree skirt
Tutorial: Pallet wood You Cut Tree Farm sign shaped like a tree
4 planks of pallet wood were cut to the desired lengths to resemble a Christmas tree shape, then attached to a branch to create this adorable tree-shaped Christmas tree sign. Complete with a bucket for a tree skirt!
Pallet Christmas tree and wood star for Christmas porch decorating
Reclaimed or pallet Christmas tree
This easy pallet Christmas tree is really created from chippy fence wood, however it resembles a pallet look that would be equally so cool! Easy to customize the size too and makes for wonderful Christmas porch decorating!
Be sure to also include decorating the top of the tree with a reclaimed wood star held together with funky hinges for a true junk effect!
Learn how to make the mason rim garland HERE
View more unique garland ideas to make HERE
Hanging twig Christmas tree
This fun little wooden Christmas tree is all about string and twigs! It’s so easy to make, and looks adorable hung from a branch.
Wood Christmas Trees with a Lake Lodge sign backdrop
Wooden Christmas trees with Lake Lodge sign by Bliss Ranch on Instagram
Stencils: Christmas Crates, Ski Lodge, Lake Rentals
Although I personally didn’t make this masterpiece, this adorable project was inspired by my own Wood Scrap Christmas trees, and it turned out so epic I just had to share!
A mix of Christmas stencils, most being from this Christmas Crates stencil were used to create many of these designs.
And since I have so many small Christmas trees on hand…
Christmas tree cabinet display
Here’s how I mixed them all up and displayed them inside a vintage cabinet. (inspired by Inspired by Charm’s vintage Christmas ribbon cabinet HERE) How fun is that?!
And that concludes the grand tour of so many fabulous wood Christmas trees anyone can make in just a few minutes! Have a fav in the bunch? Which will you try yourself?
Now off I go to create a new version for this Christmas! And I’ll be sure to update this post once I do…
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6 thoughts on “12+ DIY Wood Christmas trees to make from scrap wood!”
Super cute ideas. My all-time favorite has always been the big one on the porch though 🙂
Thanks Tania! Yeah, that one is such a hit each year! Hmmm… maybe I’ll lean in that direction for this year!
I’ve always loved your scrapwood Christmas trees. If memory serves, the first ones I ever saw were those industrial Christmas trees with gears. So very cool
The illuminated Christmas tree sign is so striking, my all time favorite.
Love them all! I’m gonna try making some of these ❤️
Thank you for sharing, and for sharing inspiration. You know what it is about Christmas trees that I like is the easy shape. I can make things that says “I’m a tree” without needing to be an artist.