I fondly remember my first apartment – all 550 square feet of it – and my first Christmas tree. With limited space (and a limited budget), I didn’t have room for a 6’ fresh-cut Douglas fir. So, I settled for a 3’ cedar scrub I cut from my parent’s backyard. It didn’t have the traditional, pleasant evergreen smell and feel of a fir tree, but it gave my tiny, grown-up pad just the right festive touch for the holidays; even if I did have to constantly pick the sharp, stiff needles out of my toes.
The other day, when I was searching online for some holiday craft ideas, I came across this cute DIY wooden tree. This would have been the perfect solution for my small apartment Christmas tree dilemma back in the day, not to mention fun to make, and no needles!
My DIY intuition is telling me to build this tree and put outside on the front porch to welcome guests and family in for the holidays. Now, I’m just consumed with ideas of design possibilities like hanging lights, adding a glitter-covered star, painting warm holiday greetings on the “branches”, or hanging some bulbs. You can make it rustic, sophisticated, or as tall or short as you want.
When it comes to building materials for the tree, let your imagination run free. This is the ideal project for upcycling. You could use old wooden pallets or strips of left-over lumber from other projects. Because I use a lot prefinished moulding for my craft projects, I have left-overs that would be perfect for this. Especially since it’s going to be outside during the winter weather of December, prefinished, polystyrene decorative moulding is a good choice because it’s moisture resistant so it won’t rot or mold. You can find it Lowe’s and Home Depot. I love the prefinished polystyrene moulding because it’s so easy to wipe clean and dust, and it’s already stained or painted, and it uses the same tools as traditional wood. Another design opportunity, because the moulding comes in so many different profiles and styles, you can create mini shelves as branches to display ornaments, photographs, or little wrapped tokens of friendship for your guests to take home with them. Wow, time for me to get busy!
If you’ve created a wooden Christmas tree like this, please share your decorating ideas. And don’t forget to check out my winter holidays decoration ideas on Pinterest for some inspiration as well.