Add some extra sparkle to your outdoor lighting with a DIY wooden triangle Christmas tree. All you need are some pieces of wood, chicken wire, twinkle lights, paint and a star garland to create a magical festive decoration for inside or out.
This triangle Christmas tree craft project is inspired by a similar Christmas decoration that I see on my walks. Every Christmas, I see a lovely wood triangle Christmas tree displayed outside the door of one of the pretty lake houses. The simple, minimalistic design speaks to my heart. Every time I walk by it, I think, "I need to make a triangle Christmas tree!" then, as soon as I get home, I forget all about it. Not this year! This year, I'm making my version of that DIY wood triangle tree so, if you're here, you're going to learn how to make one too!
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You will need the following supplies and tools to build a triangle Christmas tree like the one above:
- For the sides: Two, one metre (39 inches) lengths of wood. Mine is 4.5cm wide and 2cm thick.
- For the bottom piece of the triangle Christmas tree: One length of wood 31 inches / 79cm
- For the wooden Christmas tree stand: A rectangular piece of wood. Mine is 11 x 6 inches (28 x 15 cm)
- Chicken wire
- Paint or wood stain
- Waterfall String lights
- Star garland - See tip below
- Silver craft wire
STAR GARLAND TIP - I made the star garland from air dry clay and there will be a tutorial coming for that. In the meantime, you can learn how to make air dry clay ornaments here.
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- Mitre saw or
- Hand saw
- Electric sander
- Small screws
- Electric drill
- Drill bit
- Staple gun
- Quick-drying wood glue
Instructions for making a triangle Christmas tree
Step one - Cut three lengths of wood to size.
For the Top: I used a circular saw to cut a forty-five-degree angle at the end of one of the pieces of wood (right side) (A) and a twenty-two and a half degree angle at the end of side (B) (left side).
Use the mitre saw to make 22.5-degree cuts at the bottom ends of both side pieces (A) and (B). This will assure that they will sit correctly on the bottom piece of the triangle.
For the Bottom: Cut a piece for the bottom of the triangle (C) with the measurements 31 inches / 79cm.
Step two - Use a sander to smooth the rough edges of the wood. You can also use sandpaper for this although, it will take more time and elbow grease.
Step three – Attach the right side (B) to the left side (A). Pre-drill a small entry hole for the screw. Predrilling will stop the wood from splitting when you screw the pieces together.
Step four - Now it's time to make the base of the wooden triangle Christmas tree. Cut the third piece of wood at 31 inches / 79cm. We'll call this side (C).
Step five - Attach pieces (A) and (B) to side (C), with screws as above.
Step six - Glue the wooden triangle to the middle of the stand. The stand is just a flat piece of wood 11 x 6 inches (28 x 15 cm). The instructions on my wood glue said that it would be dry in five minutes. I left mine for a few hours to be sure. To create pressure, I covered the stand with old cloths and set a brick on top of the pieces whilst they dried.
Step - seven Stain or paint the wood triangle Christmas tree and stand however you like and allow to dry. I used oak.
Step eight - Cut a piece of chicken wire to fit the back of the triangle Christmas tree. Use the staple gun to staple the chicken wire to the back of the triangular frame.
Decorating a wood triangle Christmas tree
The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating this wood triangle Christmas tree. If you want to make one like mine, here's how to do it:
First, hang a set of string lights from the point of the triangle tree and let them cascade down over the chicken wire. I'm using a set of copper string lights.
TIP: I taped the end of the string lights to the top of the wood triangle Christmas tree with some black duct tape.
Attach the light strings to the chicken wire with small pieces of silver or copper wire, spacing them out as you go.
Lastly, drape a star garland from the top to the bottom of the triangle Christmas tree, zig-zag style. My star garland is another DIY craft project which I made from air dry clay. I have a blog post showing how to make air dry clay ornaments here if you are interested in that. I used small pieces of silver florist's wire to attach the garland to the triangle tree frame.
Stand the wood triangle Christmas tree on a box or wooden crate to create more height if required.
Wooden tree decorating ideas
Here are some other items you could use to decorate a wood triangle Christmas tree.
Attach mini paper bags with wooden pegs to make an indoor advent calendar.
Now, the wood triangle Christmas tree is ready to style. I styled my tree with evergreens, lanterns and pine cones - simple!
That was an easy build! Now I also have a pretty addition to my outdoor Christmas lights.
If you have any questions about this DIY project, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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