Wooden Christmas Tree




These wooden turnable Christmas trees are really nice Christmas decorations and they make great gifts.

Step 1: Gathering Materials

I looked around in the attic and found the following leftovers:

  1. A piece of wood (to use as a base)
  2. Wooden paint stirring sticks (used as branches)
  3. A wooden stick (the tree trunk)
  4. A metal bar with wire
  5. Some nuts

Material you need:

  1. Ruler or measuring tape
  2. Pencil
  3. Saw
  4. Drill

Step 2: Measuring the Branches

First you have to decide how big you want the tree to be.
I drew a triangle on a piece of paper. This helped me when assembling the tree later.
Measure the length of the largest tree branch on the bottom of the tree.
Each following branch needs to be a bit shorter. I made all of them about 3 mm shorter.
How many branches you need will depend on the shape of your tree and how thick your wood is.
Use a ruler and pencil to mark where you want to cut.
My longest branche was 16,5 Cm and my shortest 1,7 Cm long. I used 65 Branches of 3 Mm thick on my tree.

Step 3: Cut the Wood to Size

Use a saw to cut each branch to size.

Step 4: Shaping the Tree

Use the drawing of the tree and lay your branches on it to shape your tree. Maybe you will have to many or not enough branches. By using the paper you can shape it nicely. I provided a shape you can use if you like, or you can just draw your own shape.

Step 5: Drill Holes in Branches

Use a ruler and pencil to draw the center on each branch. Drill holes in the centers of the branches. Make the holes just a little bigger then the metal bar, so the branches will fit on the bar.

Step 6: Creating the Trunk

Decide how long you want the trunk to be. Cut the stick to size using a saw. Next drill a hole through the length of the stick so it can fit over the metal bar.
My trunk was 6 Cm long.

Step 7: Making the Base

Draw a square of 10 cm on the piece of wood and cut it out with your saw. If your tree is bigger or smaller then mine, your base might have to be bigger or smaller.
Drill a hole through the base.
Use a larger drill to make the hole bigger on the bottom (make sure that you don't drill completely through the base this time.)

Step 8: Assemble the Tree

Screw a nut on the metal bar. Put the base over the bar and secure it with another nut.
Put the trunk over the metal bar.
Now you can start attaching the branches, starting with the longest one and ending with the shortest one on the top of the tree.
Use another nut to secure the branches on the metal bar.
My metal bar was a perfect length for the size of tree I made. If yours is a lot longer you might have to cut it to size.

Step 9: Displaying the Tree

Congratulations your tree is now finished.
You can display it as a flat tree or a turned tree.
After I finished the first tree, I made a second one. That one was about half the size.
Look at the pictures for some ideas of the finished trees.

If you want you could paint the tree. You could even use several different colors to paint it. I liked the plain wood, so I left it as it was.

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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Hey, nice trees!. I made a similar one I saw on the net somewhere but the branches were spaced further apart and I drilled holes on the ends of the branches to hold lollipops. I think I might give your version a go next "silly season". Thanks for posting.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    I made one like that a few years back. It was a big tree for outside decoration, made from palettes and a broom stick. Didn't drill holes on the branches, but that's a great idea too.


    3 years ago

    Nice idea for a tree decoration. You could leave off the base and hang it with fishing line outside and it makes a nice wind decoration.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Good idea, but I think the tree might be a bit on the heavy side.