This DIY plywood Christmas tree is such a fun, Scandinavian-inspired alternative to a traditional Christmas tree – plus it’s perfect for anyone with a small space. Or you can make a mini version of this plywood tree for a credenza or entryway and display some treasured ornaments on it (away from cats and kiddos, perhaps?).
Before I get into the nitty gritty, I should confess that there are some things I wish I could change about this DIY plywood Christmas tree. I originally envisioned a more simplified tree (like a cookie-cutter shape – really simple), but on a whim I decided for a little more realism. The top was looking good and I got cocky. Then it started to get windy (I was working outside) and this giant sheet of plywood acted like a sail. I was flailing. I started to rush and then the tree got a bit thick in the middle and then I tried to thin it out but made it look a little wibbly-wobbly. I still think the idea is cute so that’s why I wanted to share it but, if I’m being honest, I don’t love my wonky tree. If you’re going to make your own DIY plywood Christmas tree, I suggest a simpler shape, not so fat in the middle like mine, haha.
It was simple enough to make this DIY plywood Christmas tree, here’s the tutorial and supply list!
- Sheet of plywood (size is up to you, you can use scraps or a full sheet – I recommend a 3/4″ thickness)
- Wood dowels
- Wood glue
- Hand saw or chop saw
- Wood glue
- Wood stain (optional)
- Acrylic paint (or leftover latex wall paint)
How to Make a DIY Plywood Christmas Tree:
I grabbed a full sheet of plywood (any size will do), lightly sanded it smooth to the touch and then sketched out approximately where the tree silhouette would be so I could decide where I’d like the pegs. The pegs are just a length of wood dowel that Handy Hubby and I chopped into 3″ lengths. We lightly sanded the rough edges smooth and affixed them each with wood glue before doing any staining or painting.
Once the glue dried, I stained the plywood white and then painted the tree in black acrylic paint. I painted the wood dowels too, so they blend in. With everything dry, I just propped it against the fireplace. One tip: don’t choose really thin plywood if you’re going to make a larger version because the plywood can warp. You can also make a simple frame for this and hang it on the wall (here’s a tutorial of mine for making a wood picture frame).
When I was a kid, I think my advent calendar filled with chocolates might have been my favorite part of Christmas, so I started to think that with more pegs and numbered cloth sacks filled with goodies, this could be a sweet DIY advent calendar too.
On the subject of faux tress, I’ve gotten a few questions about the sparkly trees in the background of some of my photos. They are flocked trees (4 foot and 6 foot heights) from Canadian Tire and they come pre-wired with lights. They come apart for easy storage and transport, which is convenient.
I think that they looked best unadorned, but I did try hanging some ornaments on them too and they work nicely to display just a few special ones.
This post was part of a holiday collaboration with Canadian Tire. Click the link to see more DIY Christmas decorating ideas, in collaboration with Canadian Tire.