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DIY – Wood Christmas Tree #MerryMag

Today myself and quite a lot of creative bloggers have come together to proudly launch Merry Mag! We hope you enjoy all the great ideas, projects, DIY’s and crafts ready to get you inspired for the Holiday season.


Follow along on social media via the hashtag #MerryMag for everyone’s sharing and comments and by all means feel free to share as well! And I personally would love to thank Melissa from The Sweet Escape who is the mastermind and editor behind this project. I am so happy to be a part of it!

So. Now that you’ve seen my Twig Wreath, here is my next contribution.

For as long as I can remember we have wanted a giant wood Christmas tree. Something to re-use for seasonal decorating each year around the house.

We finally said Let’s do this and made one. This tree was inspired and made to go to our daughter’s shared bedroom which has a wall painted in Behr Refreshing Pool and lots of aqua accents including their filing cabinet desk.

So we went to Home Depot to get some supplies. Started off in their Christmas decorating section and picked up a bunch of Martha Stewart Christmas ornaments and garland.

Martha Stewart Christmas decorations at the  Home Depot

Then we headed over to the lumber department and like good crazy people laid out the tongue and groove pine boards to get a better visual for how tall the tree would really look like.

It’s one thing to calculate it in your head, it’s another to really piece it together in person. You may realize that the 6 foot wooden tree is not the greatest idea ever for the space you want it in.

Tongue and groove flooring at the Home Depot

My husband James cut down the boards and used PL Premium Construction Adhesive to glue them together and let it all dry overnight.

The next day we drew out our tree shape in pencil and used a circular saw to cut it out. Afterwards we attached a piece of scrap wood for extra stability at the back. You MUST do this or you risk the wood boards falling apart as without it, it’s like a wobbly bridge.

We both actually really liked the horizontal tree pattern on the back of the tree, but went with the wider plank side just so because it would look less cluttered with the ornaments on it.

Building a wood Christmas tree from tongue and groove flooring - northstory

Building a wooden Christmas tree - northstory

Then we repeated the process with a piece of small piece of plywood for a smaller companion tree. Except without all of the gluing.

And voila! After decorating…

DIY - Wood Christmas Tree - northstory

Wood Christmas Tree with aqua ornaments - northstory

Wood Christmas tree with blue ornaments - northstory

Cute Polar bear ornament - northstory

Wood Christmas Tree from northstory

If you’re wondering what I used to hang the ornaments, I deliberated this one for quite some time.

First I tried washi tape but didn’t like how it looked on this particular tree. I considered thumbtacks but they still drew your eye away from the ornaments. So I decided to use sewing pins that I trimmed in half with a wire cutter and then lightly hammered them into the wood. This leaves a smaller hole so when you go to decorate it again next year, if you want to change up your pattern, they won’t be as noticeable. And when you hang your ornaments, you don’t notice the pins, you just notice the decorations.

Unless you’re going for a rustic look. In which case, who cares. Punch away. The more character the better.

Close up of Martha Stewart ornaments available at Home Depot on wood Christmas tree - northstory

My daughters are SO excited to have this in their room. Which I would have taken a photo of this in there against the blue wall but the lighting is all kinds of impossible to shoot in. Read: their room is an epic mess and it would take me longer to clean it than photograph this tree.

The green ornaments from the Martha Stewart collection I am going to be using either in our basement on some decorative branches or our on main living room tree. I haven’t decided yet. Is it too early to put up the regular Christmas tree? Don’t answer that.

My younger daughter has officially nicknamed this Princess Elsa’s Christmas tree and somehow it is morphing into a pretend toy for them. Hey, whatever works!

We hope it inspires you to make your own!

DIY Wood Christmas Tree with blue ornaments -  northstory

This project was completed in collaboration with Home Depot Canada

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  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    November 18, 2014 at 12:41 am

    These are awesome! From the initial photos I didn’t realize the scale but I’m loving the larger size. I’ve been looking for some way to display ornaments and I’m loving this idea. Nice job!

  • Reply
    November 23, 2014 at 7:30 am

    This is such an awesome project, I love the natural wood color, and the ornaments are so shiny and bright!

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