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Wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments

Cut and paint wooden boards to make these rustic-looking Christmas decorations you can display indoors or outside.

Tree cutouts displayed on a porch bench.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw, circular saw, or handsaw (optional)
  • Jigsaw with fine-tooth blade
  • Square
  • Clamps
  • Wood glue
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper


  • 1 x 8 x 96 cedar board
  • Rust-Oleum Ultimate oil-based stain, Kona
  • 8-oz Valspar paint: Rocky Bluffs, #4003-1C; Hanging Vine, #5005-6B

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Step 1

Divide the cedar board into four sections 14 inches long and four sections 10 inches long. Sawing the board will shorten each one by about 1/8 inch, leaving enough material for two short and two tall trees.

Step 2

Cut two 14-inch-long boards. Glue and clamp the boards together with the bottom ends flush and the rough faces to the outside. Repeat using two 10-inch boards. Remove the clamps after the glue has dried for at least two hours.

Good to Know

If you don’t have a miter saw or circular saw, place a square on the board to guide the base of your jigsaw as it makes a straight cut along each line you marked.

Step 3

Download the Wooden Christmas Tree Ornament Patterns, cut them out, and use the shapes to trace designs onto the long and short pairs of boards with the flat bottoms of the tree patterns even with the flush ends. (The rustic look of these decorations means the tracing doesn’t need to be precise.)

Step 4

Fit a jigsaw with a fine-tooth wood-cutting blade (24 teeth per inch, for example) and follow the pattern lines to cut out the shapes. Sand off any tracing marks and deep saw marks along the edges.

Step 5

For a light-color painted finish, dip just the tip of a synthetic-bristle brush in the paint of your choice (Hanging Vine shown), and lightly drag the tip of the brush along the entire length of the tree. Repeat until you reach the coverage you want.

Step 6

For a darker finish, stain the entire tree with Kona stain. Allow the stain to dry overnight before dry-brushing a light gray color (Rocky Bluffs shown) on top.

Because the trees are made of cedar, you can display them as indoor tabletop decorations or outdoors on a porch or deck.