How To: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Set

How To: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Set

Things are starting to get real festive around these parts! If you're looking for some fun tabletop trees that lean a bit towards the modern side, I've got just the project for you! These wooden trees are super easy to make and can be left plain or customized to your heart's content. Check 'em out!     

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  • (1) 6x36" sheet of Balsa wood
  • tree templates (create and print out a big triangle and a little triangle)
  • acrylic craft paint -- OR -- craft glue and glitter
  • foam paint brush
  • painter's tape
  • self-healing cutting mat
  • ruler
  • craft knife


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1. Line the tree template up with the bottom of your sheet of Balsa wood. With a ruler and craft knife, carefully cut out your tree. Repeat and cut out a second tree triangle.

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2. Measure and mark the center of your trees. I marked mine just by poking it with the craft knife, so I wouldn't leave any visible pencil or pen marks.

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3. From the center point, cut out and remove a piece from the bottom of one tree and the top of the other. You will want it to be as wide as your Balsa wood is thick i.e. my sheet of Balsa wood is 1/8" thick, so that's how wide I made my slice. Save the little scraps, as you'll use them later.

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4. If you're not painting your trees, you're done! Simply slide the two halves together to assemble. If you want to add a little more "oomph" to your trees, read on...

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5. Tape off your desired design.

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6. Brush on your paint (or clear craft glue if you're going to be adding glitter -- once applied, sprinkle on the sparkly stuff). Repeat steps 5 and 6 on the other side.

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7. Remove the tape and rest your freshly painted trees on those little scrap pieces for drying. Repeat steps 1-7 for each tree you want to make.

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8. Once dry, assemble your trees by sliding the grooves together. And that's it! You're done!

Happy holidays!

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Here's a glitter one just for kicks. OooOOoh, SPARKLY!!

[Artwork by Kate Banazi]


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Lexi on Nov 06, 2015:

What thickness of balsa wood did you use?

Emilia on Sep 10, 2015:

This is really nice! I always like this style but what do you call it? Can anyone help me?

Anna Rose @ The How-To Gal on Dec 10, 2012:

I love these!

Erin on Dec 05, 2012:

Great craft! Balsa wood is such a cool material and your designs make it so hip and graphic. Thank you for sharing!

ruth on Dec 05, 2012:


Brittni Mehlhoff on Dec 03, 2012:

Rocking my Christmas world with this one Capree. Love it!

Chris Gardner on Dec 03, 2012:

You are a few of my favorite things.

CapreeK on Dec 03, 2012:

Laura - Thanks! You have to make some; I would love to see what you'd do with them!

Laura Parke on Dec 03, 2012:

these trees are adorable. i love the simplicity. i must try to make them!

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