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Mosaic Christmas Tree

Paint bold shapes form a colorful wall-display Christmas tree.

Painted mosaic Christmas tree.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1-2 weeks

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Table saw or circular saw (optional)
  • Sander with 120-grit, 180-grit, and 220-grit sandpaper
  • Tape measure
  • Painter’s tape


  • 3/4 x 4 x 8 birch plywood
  • Valspar latex primer, quart
  • Valspar paint, quarts: Starry Sky, #5005-8C; Sea Tickle, #5005-7B; New Avocado, #6007-6A

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Project Resources


Step 1

Cut the birch plywood panel to the size you want. Ours was cut to 72 inches tall by 46 inches wide to accommodate a tree design 63 inches tall by 37-1/2 inches wide.

Good to Know

If you don’t own a table saw or circular saw, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the panel to size.

Step 2

Apply white primer to the front and back of the panel and let dry overnight.

Step 3

Lay out the shape of the tree to suit the size you want or download the Mosaic Tree Layout Guide for dimensions. Outline the shape using painter’s tape pressed firmly against the painted panel.

Step 4

Starting at the top, use painter’s tape to mask off the first triangle. Apply two coats of paint to the masked area and remove the tape after the final coat.

Good to Know

Avoid placing painter’s tape on freshly painted surfaces. To save time, work on more than one triangle at once. On the layout guide, for example, paint the top and bottom triangles of the tree and bottom triangle of the base in Starry Night, and let them dry before moving on to other colors.

Step 5

Leave a 1/2-inch strip of white space between triangles as you mask off shapes to paint other colors.

Step 6

For this painted mosaic Christmas tree, choose colors that complement your decor. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

After the final colors have been applied, remove the tape from the outside triangle and the base. For fun, add real or decorative presents to the base of the tree.