Stenciled Scrap Wood Christmas Trees

Here's an easy project that uses scrap wood from shipping pallets.  

I've made them before but this time I'm painting them with a gorgeous new color and stenciling them with Christmas sayings...

stenciled trees with stars

I made similar trees to these several years ago using plywood and they were so popular I decided to make some more. 

Actually, I've made a lot of scrap wood trees on Homeroad.

I began by cutting 6 pieces of wood pallet wood into pieces about 6" long. 

scrap wood pieces

The size is up to you. 

I drew a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wood then used my Rockwell saw to cut down the line. 

drawing diagonal line on wood

Don't worry about the line, you're going to sand them when they are finished. 

scrap wood triangles

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Next, I wood glued my triangles together down the center of the seam and with a small piece of paint stirrer on the back. 

scrap wood triangle tree

I added a trunk using more scrap wood to the bottom of the tree. 

trees with trunks and clips

I wasn't worrying about the color of the wood at this time because I'm going to paint and stain the trees. 

When the glue dried I attached the tree with wood glue and hot glue to a piece of scrap wood base. 

           wooden tree bases

A few of the trees needed a small nail to hold them to the bases. 

Now it was time for paint! 

I'm using Bayberry a new color from Fusion Mineral Paint. 

Bayberry green tree

I painted the trees and let them dry. 

Painted Christmas trees

Next, I used Rustoleum Transformations gel stain to paint the tree trunks and bases. 

stained trunks and bases

This stain works like an antiquing medium, paint it on and wipe it off. 

Now it was time for stenciling. 

I'm using Old Sign Stencils Mini Christmas Tree Signs stencil to stencil a partial stencil on each tree. 

stenciling on tree

They also have a great Christmas crate stencil that would also look amazing on these trees! 

I used Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint for the stenciling. 

stenciled wooden trees

To finish off my trees, I added moss to the base and distressed the edges with sandpaper. 

moss on base of tree

The final step was a star. 

spray painted wooden stars

I spray painted several wooden stars on both sides then sprinkled them with cinnamon. 

cinnamon sprinkled stars

I used Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint but any dark color will work. 

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Cinnamon stars on stenciled trees

I think my trees came out adorable! 

Stenciled trees with stars

I'm doing a small home craft fair in the near future and these will be an amazing addition to my Christmas projects. 

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stenciled trees with moss bases


Old Sign Stencils provided me with the stencils. Fusion Mineral Paint provided me with the paint. All opinions are my own. 

I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .