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Wooden Lattice Christmas Tree

Lattice forms a bold pattern when cut in the shape of a Christmas tree. Trim it with a border of lights and decorate it with the holiday ornaments of your choice.

Christmas tree made from lattice, painted white and decorated with holiday ornaments and lights.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Jigsaw or handsaw
  • Painter’s tape
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Drill and 1/16-in bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Level


  • 1/2 x 48 x 96 pressure-treated lattice
  • Large D-ring hangers, #122318
  • 8-in nylon cable ties, pack of 100, #76023
  • 2 - 1-1/2-in finish nails or picture-hanging hooks
  • HGTV Home™ by Sherwin-Williams paint, sample size, Fundamental White, #HGSW4001
  • Lights and decorations of your choice

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Project Resources


Cut and Paint the Tree

Step 1

Cut lattice strips to form a tree shape.

Download the Lattice Tree Cutting Guide and mark the pieces of lattice to be cut. Using a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade or a small handsaw, cut out the shape of the tree.

Good to Know

Cut slowly to avoid damaging the individual strips of the lattice.

Step 2

Clamp loose pieces of lattice together.

Where the cuts expose loose pieces of lattice around the edges of the tree, glue and tape or clamp the pieces back in place and let dry.

Step 3

Lightly sand the wood slats to remove the roughest surfaces and wipe clean. Apply two coats of paint to the front, back and edges of the lattice strips.

Step 4

Screw D-ring hangers to where the lattice strips overlap.

Measure about 58-1/2 inches from the bottom of the tree and find two lattice strip intersections equal distances from the center. Mark the screw hole locations for the D-ring hangers on the back of the tree and drill 1/16-inch pilot holes. Then screw the hangers to the back.

Good to Know

Angling the hangers lets them disappear behind the lattice slats after the tree is hung.

Decorate the Tree

Step 1

Garland lights attached to the tree edges with cable ties.

Using cable ties, fasten lights to the outside edges of the tree. Use wire cutters to snip off the excess length of the cable ties.

Good to Know

Some ornaments, like this garland of 600 lights, can be separated into sections for just the right length. If you choose another light string, wrap it loosely around the edges to check that it is long enough for the outline of the tree.

Step 2

Use a level to mark two places on a wall at least 61 inches from the floor and the same distance apart as the D-ring hanger loops. Insert the nails or hanging hooks of your choice. Hang the tree from the nails or hooks.

Step 3

Bend fine wire—paperclips will work—to hang the ornaments of your choice on the tree.