Scrap Wood Christmas Tree

Scrap Wood Christmas Tree

I've been eager to work on a project of my own after filling oodles of orders over the past couple of weeks, so I decided to use some of my leftover scrap pieces of wood from my custom signs to make myself a wooden Christmas tree to display on my front porch.

Scrap Wood Tree - Winter Front Porch

The only piece of wood I actually cut was the "pole" that holds it all together.  Otherwise, I just arranged random pieces of odd-sized planks until it looked a little like a Christmas tree, leaving some space between them. 

To attach it all together (which I did before painting, but that could be done after as well), I marked with a pencil where I wanted each board to go, then pre-drilled holes & put screws in opposite corners to secure them to the back board.

Scrap Wood Tree Tutorial

I used the same painting process that I use to paint my signs to make eight little mini signs that read "May your days be merry and bright!" 

Scrap Wood Tree - May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

Once everything was painted, I took some rough sandpaper and sanded the edges and top layer to give it a distressed and aged look.

Scrap Wood Tree Tutorial - Star

I was really pleased with the way this script font turned out & might just have to use it on a few more custom signs!

Scrap Wood Christmas Tree

Here's a look at it from above.  You can see that each board is a little different, different sizes, textures, etc.

Scrap Wood Christmas Tree

I'm just thrilled with how it turned out! I even had it set up out front before the clear coat was dry. :)  I know I'm going to love pulling this baby out each year.

Certainly, I'm not the first to come up with such a clever idea.  A quick search on Pinterest (follow me!) for "scrap wood tree" gives a lovely collection of eye-candy full of all sorts of creative versions of this hand-crafted decorating idea.

Now my house looks ready for the holidays! :)  How about yours?


Katherine said:

Hello! Just wanted to let you know that you have inspired me to make a tree such as yours. Sadly I did not have any scrap wood lying around, so I came up with the dimensions and picked up some lumber from Home Depot. I just finished sanding the pieces and by tomorrow I will hopefully have it painted and assembled. So far it stands 6 feet tall and is 3 feet at the widest. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

Carrie Ovard said:

I would love to know the dimensions you came up with if you are willing to share! I am getting a saw for Christmas and can't wait to begin creating my own things.

T'onna said:

I love this tree! Such a cool and crafty idea!

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Lelanie@To Sew With Love said:

I really love its aged look. It gives the sign its charm. Thanks for sharing, Andrea! We will be featuring this today on the blog, by the way.


Kammy's Korner said:

Congrats! You had the most viewed link last week on our Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday party which means.... you're being featured! :) Feel free to grab a featured button.

Rachel said:

I came over from the girl creative. I love this! I just might give this a try this year. Thanks for sharing.

Erin said:

Love the tree sign and all the signs in your shop are beautiful too!

louise said:

This is really cute. A perfect tree for outside!

Anonymous said:

Oh so cute! Love your scrap wood tree. I'm featuring it in the Spotlight this weekend at the PoPP. Thanks for linking it up.

Kim@NewlyWoodwards said:

This turned out so cute! I love the sentiment and that it's large enough to make a statement as a porch decoration. Just adorable!

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Varya @ Little Artists said:

Hi, visiting from TGIF Linky party!
It is truly amazing. My father is really good with such things (wood craft and such) and seeing this I suddenly miss being closer to nature. I wouldn't try this here as we are in quite high humidity (South of China) but it is a really great idea to share with friends! Thank you!

PragmaticMom said:

I love your scrapwood tree but I don't think I could ever pull it off. Your lettering is beautiful! I would, however, buy one. Do you sell them? You should! I could assemble it myself if the holes were predrilled but that is about it!

Kelley Grant said:

This is so cute!! I have a bunch of pallets that would make perfect Christmas trees! Thanks for the idea Andrea!

Tammy @ P K Glitz said:

This is a great idea! We have so much scrap wood around that this is probably very doable!

Kaye Swain said:

Oh how cute! And such fun for Christmas. Thank you for the lovely idea and delightful Rednesday visit.

Carissa said:

I love this idea! Pallet wood art is awesome.

Crystelle said:

I love your tree.....
Can it come live at my house....???
It would look so great on my porch....
I promise I'll take good care of it....

No seriously1 This is super cute, and I may have to copy your idea! You are very talented....

hugs x

Danielle Lavoise said:

I love this! Totally making this. I love making things from things I have laying around the house! New follower!

Megan said:

This is adorable!

Meeha Meeha said:

The yellow star is the cherry on top!

Anonymous said:

How did you do the lettering?

Anonymous said:

This is super cute. How did you do the words? I love the font/script.

Anonymous said:

My goodness this is such a fun idea, and while there may have been other's to do one before you I have to say yours is my favorite. I love the winter white! Thank you for linking it up to A Crafty Soiree and please come by and see your project featured in the newest one!

Anonymous said:

Love this! Featuring YOU tomorrow over on my blog at 11. Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me] wednesday last week. Have a Happy New Year!!

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Anonymous said:

I really like this crafty decoration for the front porch !!

fabulous-ly folksy
- KAT -

Anonymous said:

Wow this is amazing,love it :) would be great if you add your blog to my hop?

Anonymous said:

Love it! Glad I found you, I will definitely be back!

Anonymous said:

Love the tree. I really like how you can personalize it to different songs. You do beautiful work. I am a new follower visiting from Creative Juice Thursday. Vicky from Mess For Less

Anonymous said:

Your tree came out great! I made our tree out of driftwood this year. A fun change to the usual. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

Anonymous said:

I LOVE this! how cute! I might just have to copy it if I have a few free "minutes" to whip one up!

Leanne @ Because (I think) I Can

Anonymous said:

Featuring this week at Bacon Time. Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said:

At first I assumed it was tiny but I really love how big it is!


Anonymous said:

Pinned this! TOO CUTE:)

Anonymous said:

Have seen a ton of scrap wood signs, and this one is hands down the best. Would love love love for you to share this at our party going on now Happy holiday! My

Anonymous said:

I love the way this looks. Simply perfect for a front porch.

Anonymous said:

That is seriously adorable! Makes me want to go dig through my hubby's pile of scraps to make on myself:) Stopping by from Serenity Now!
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Anonymous said:

Love it! I have so much scrap wood, I'm gonna give it a try tomorrow! Thanks!!

Anonymous said:

Wow, looks awesome!! Love this! Perfect touch for the front porch. :) Stopping by from Serenity Now!
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