In partnership with Minwax // Do you remember the mantel I decorated last year in my bedroom for Christmas? It had such a pretty vintage vibe with big snowflake ornaments hanging from a pinecone greenery garland and a vintage photo hanging on the wall above. I absolutely loved the way that mantel turned out and wasn’t sure which direction I was going to go this year. But as soon as I started working on a little project I’ve had in my head for these Scrap Wood Christmas Trees, the color palette immediately started to take shape, and I think I might love this look even more than last year.
It’s soft and simple with the prettiest green and white colors, and I am so excited to share this super simple Christmas DIY project with you today. If you have piles of scrap wood leftover from past projects like I do, this is the perfect way to make use of them and decorate your home for the holidays! And if you don’t hoard scrap wood like I do, you just need to pick up one board from the store and a few basic tools to complete this project!
project cost: free
scrap wood – I used 2 x 6 boards
finish of choice – I used:
Minwax Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
Minwax Water Based Wood Stain color: White Wash Pickling + Driftwood
Minwax Water Based Polycrylic
Cut pieces of scrap wood to varying lengths using a saw. I cut mine to 12″, 10″, 8″, 6″, and 5″. Make a mark in the center of one end, and use a pencil to draw a triangle. Cut the wood on the lines you drew to create a simple triangle Christmas tree.
– I used 2 x 6 boards because the thicker 1 ½” material is more sturdy and stands better than 1 x boards that are only ¾” thick. But you can use any kind of scrap wood you have!
Sand all sides of your trees until smooth, and wipe them clean. Apply Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to the trees, and allow it to penetrate for 1-5 minutes before removing any excess that has not soaked into the wood with a clean rag. The conditioner helps the stain soak into the wood more evenly and prevents any blotchiness or streaking.
Next apply Minwax Water Based Wood Stain in the color/s of your choice, and allow it to penetrate the wood no longer than 3 minutes. It is very fast-drying, so you will only want to do one or two trees at a time! Wipe the wood with a clean cloth to remove any stain that has not soaked into the wood. I chose to stain these trees rather than paint them so you could still see the beautiful wood grain, but have a soft hint of color. The water based stains are perfect for that! After 24 hours you can apply a thin coat of Minwax Water Based Polycrylic (I used the clear matte finish) using a brush.
After the finish is completely dry, you have a whole forest of sweet, little Christmas trees to decorate with! I knew I wanted these scrap wood trees to go on the mantel in my bedroom, and I love the soft colors and silhouettes they create. The white wash pickling stain is the perfect creamy white color to soften the yellow of the wood, and the driftwood color is a really unique gray with a lot of green undertones that is perfect for a Christmas themed project.
I just love this simple look for the holidays, and a few white votive candles scattered around the trees on the mantel was the perfect finishing touch. I am so excited to continue decorating for Christmas now!
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I’d love to hear what you think of this Christmas mantel look! Do you have any scrap wood you could use to make trees like these? Stay tuned for more holiday decorating coming soon. Thanks for stopping by today, friend! xoxo Liz