These barn wood Christmas trees are a simple project for any woodworker. They make an excellent gift, or you can sell them as a set.
All you need are a few simple tools and some craft paint. Here’s how we made ours…
Step 1: Got wood?
First, you have to decide what kind of look you’re going for. We chose to use authentic barn wood, and found a few planks from a local source. In the photo above, from L to R: Osage orange beams, floor boards (green), exterior oak boards (whitewashed and red).
You can get creative with paint or use other weathering techniques on new boards, such as pine from a big box store, but it’s difficult to beat the look of natural patina. Some of our boards even had old wallpaper on the back.
You’ll want to find boards that are at least 3/4″ thick so your trees can stand on their own.
Step 2: Create a template
If you plan on making several sets of trees, it’s important to have a template. We made our templates out of 1/4″ plywood and they held up really well.
We drew several sizes (10″, 8″, 6″) freehand on a piece of paper, then transferred the pattern to plywood and cut them out on a bandsaw.
Step 3: Set up a tree factory
We used a Rikon 10″ bandsaw to cut out our trees. Just a word of caution: if you’re using real barn wood, it’s a good idea to wear a mask, even if you have dust collection. Old wood has a very…unique smell.
After cutting on the bandsaw, just clean up the cut edges a bit with some sandpaper. Don’t go too crazy with sanding in order to keep the rustic look.
Finally, create a simple star with some craft paint and you’re done!