With the completion of all our recent projects, it should come as no surprise that my scrap wood pile in the garage is growing! As a result, I decided to make some scrap wood Christmas trees. Despite our weather being unusually warm for this time of year, Christmas is in full swing over here. And if you have learned anything from me over the years you know I love to repurpose items especially if they can become decor for $0. The best part is, I am going to show you how to make your own scrap wood Christmas trees.
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As I mentioned above, we have no shortage of scrap wood in our garage. And with the completion of the bunk room, the pile has grown a bit. Let’s just say its a good thing our garage is oversized and we don’t have large cars, haha! So it was time to make use of some of it as I did with my wood houses and my scrap wood pumpkins.
DIY Scrap Wood Christmas Trees
Rummage through your scrap wood pile and pick your pieces. I had a fair amount of long thin scraps of oak from the bunk bed ladder and let’s be honest, oak is too expensive to toss. But you definitely do not need fancy wood for this project. I was just using something I had and would probably not use for anything else. You could easily make these out of a 1×2, 2×4 or any scrap ripped from a long board as I did.
All my pieces were roughly 24 inches long before I made any cuts and I ended up using three of these scraps.
Determine how big you want your scrap wood Christmas trees to be and miter cut one end at a 45 degree angle.
I then lined up the cut piece with my next scrap to determine where to make the next cut. I drew a line with a pencil where the top of the miter ends and then made my second 45 degree cut. The sides of the triangle are not the same length so don’t panic that one is longer.
As I mentioned above, I used three of the long scraps I had and was able to get two scrap wood Christmas trees out of them. I reserved the smaller pieces from each of my longer cuts for my smaller Christmas trees. My large tree is 14 inches tall and my small tree is 10.5 inches tall.
Cut the angles on the bottom legs of the Christmas trees. I’m not going to lie, I had no idea how to figure out mathematically what the “correct” angle was. I know there is probably a formula for that but I took a different approach. I lined up my next scrap wood piece and set it on top of the triangle and drew a line where the angle should be.
I then took it over to my miter saw and started moving it until it lined up. Super scientific, I know! It turns out this is already marked on the saw, probably for this very reason. This particular angle is 22.5 degrees (half of 45). In doing all this I realized this is how math should be taught in school. Show me how and when I will use it and I will remember it. Just saying.
Cut the bottom piece for the scrap wood Christmas trees. Again, I wasn’t sure how to figure this one out, but then I noticed another seemingly odd measurement specifically marked on the miter saw and figured that was no coincidence either. I gave it a go, and sure enough 31.6 degrees was a winner. Moral of the story, when it doubt, look for things that seem out of place 😉 Don’t forget, while each side of the bottom piece is 31.6 degrees they are opposite angles and you will either need to flip your piece or move the saw to cut the other way.
Cut the stump for the bottom of the scrap wood Christmas trees. For these cuts no angles were needed. Just a good old fashioned straight cut. I cut one piece at 3.5 inches for the larger tree and one at 2.25 inches for the smaller tree. I then used the best tape measure ever to find the exact center point on the bottom of my trees and stumps. Spoiler alert, this tape measure tells you! Mind blown, right?
Sand your scrap wood Christmas tree parts. I gave all the pieces a light sand with a sanding block. If you are making large trees out of 2x4s, I would use an orbital sander to make the process a bit faster.
Glue all the pieces together. I used gorilla construction adhesive because I had it on hand and it sets fast, but you could also use wood glue. If you decide to make large trees out of 2x4s, I would also nail all the pieces together with a nail gun. Since my wood is very thin and light weight, nails were not needed. I let my trees dry overnight.
Enjoy your scrap wood Christmas trees and decorating for the holidays! This was an easy project and great way to make use of leftover wood. I am almost done with my holiday decorating but if you want to catch a glimpse, make sure you check out my Instagram stories!
This project was SO easy and it didn’t cost a dime! My favorite kind of project! But don’t worry, we are working on our 2022 plans and we might be tackling our biggest project yet….stay tuned 😉
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