How to Make & Stain Wooden Christmas Tree

How to Make & Stain Wooden Christmas Tree

This step by step DIY woodworking project is about wood Christmas tree designs. The project highlights instructions for creating an easy Christmas decoration for your backyard. Ensure you make any essential changes to the plans, before cutting the wood. If you need to turn your backyard in a fascination point and give your children the best Christmas experience, building this basic wood tree is one of the potential ideas.

DIY: How to Make & Stain Wooden Christmas Tree

Before beginning the real construction project, you should design everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Modify the size and the design of the project to suit your requirements. Furthermore, you have to invest in first-class materials, for example, pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a fine finish and are long-lasting, especially in a moist environment.

Supplies you’ll need

6 Timbers of Cedar Wood 8” X 48”


Wooden Star

High Quality Synthetic Bristle Brush

Sandpaper Tack Cloth

Drop Cloth

Rust-Oleum Wood Stain

Rust-Oleum Spar Varnish

Lint-free Rag or Cloth



Jig Saw

Yard Stick


Wood Glue



Constantly work in a well-ventilated zone and cover your workspace with a drop cloth to guard it from the stain.



Set down one timber of cedar so that it’s lying flat vertically. This will be the "spine" of your tree. At that point, consistently space your remaining five timbers horizontally on the spine. You should maintain gap at least 1" in the middle of each timber, and leave around 1' of space at the bottom of the spine. 

Place the star at the highest point of the spine. Then, utilize a measuring stick to draw an angled line from the bottom of the tree to the top, utilizing the star as your ending point. This line will be your guide for cutting the sheets. Your bottom, biggest timber should be about 36" wide once its cut, and the top board ought to be as wide as the star. Utilize your yardstick to draw another similarly angled line on the opposite side of the tree.

With your pencil lines as a guide, utilize your jigsaw to cut an angled edge on each timber of cedar.



Once all of your boards are sliced to size, softly sand the surface of each portion of wood, working your way up through grit sandpaper. Make sure to wipe away the sanding dust with a tack cloth in middle of each sanding and once more after you've completed sanding. Once the boards are fully sanded and clean of any dust, it's time to begin staining.


For a festive impact, we utilized four diverse stain colors throughout the tree. To get started, first blend or shake your first color of Rust-Oleum Fast Dry Wood Stain completely. Now just dip your brush or lint-free rag into the stain and apply a generous amount onto the wood. Work in adaptable sections, like one plank at a time. Once you’ve covered one plank, let the stain sit for a couple of minutes to soak into the wood. 

 Wood Staining


If your tree will be showed outside, you’ll need to protect it from weathering with a topcoat of spar varnish. To begin with, stir Rust-Oleum Ultimate Spar Varnish carefully. Utilizing your clean brush, apply a coat of the varnish to each board, utilizing light and even strokes. Apply three coats of the varnish, waiting 2-3 hours in middle of each coat. When each piece of wood is coated, set the boards aside to dry for 24 hours.



To assemble your tree, re-align your timbers horizontally in the Christmas tree design. Ensure yourself to leave it about 1” in the middle of each board. Utilize a drill and nails to attach your longest timber, the spine of the tree to the back of the boards. The highest point of the spine ought to align with the top of the smallest timber. Once the timbers are all attached, utilize wood glue to stick the star to the top of your tree. Now leave the glue to dry according to the label’s instructions.

Now that your one-of-a-kind wooden Christmas tree is totally assembled and dry, display it in your home or front yard to convey a hint of rustic appeal to your Christmas décor.


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