Scrap Wood Christmas Tree

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Fence Board Christmas Tree from Marty's Musings 

If it’s Christmas it must be time for my husband to be hard at work with another Pinterest project for me!

From Tim: hubby and handyman extraordinaire: This scrap wood Christmas tree was a fantastically simple project (inspired by this sign)!  My bride asked, “Can you make me this Chr…” and it was done. Well, maybe not THAT fast, but it did clock in at around 8 minutes – total!  I did it on my Super Pinterest Saturday, where I completed a handful of Pinterest projects in one day.

Every bit of it was pulled from my scrap wood re-purposing pile; the trunk of the tree was part of an old bookshelf and was already a dark stain, the “branches” were my favorite re-purposed fence slat wood, and the “stand” was just a chunk of 2″ x 6″.  

Honestly, I don’t throw anything into the fire pit anymore!  The picture shows a rough set-up of the tree for approval..and a picture, of course.  Man, the photographer slows me down sometimes!

While I liked the rough, unfinished look of the wood, I wanted a bit more uniformity to accommodate the vinyl lettering to happen later.  All I did was lay out the “branches” and dust them with a light aerosol primer (just happened to have some Zinser 1-2-3 oil-based primer).  No need to do the back, but I did hit all the edges and ends.

See!  That light spray gave a nice look, while still showing the grain and imperfection of the lumber.  I didn’t want perfection, so I fought my need to measure the center of each board and adjust the spacing between each one and achieve maximum symmetry…bah!  I just banged each piece in with two finish nails and let them lay where they wanted to go.  I did give the “stand” a good coat of black spray paint, but just because I had it in the shop.  Gotta love my design philosophy.

My work here was now done!  I turned it over to the photographer my wife who labored over the vinyl lettering.  I also drove five nails in the top piece for her to make a beautiful ribbon star, but she will probably insert her own words at this point.  Again, you wouldn’t believe how easy and fast this little piece was, and it is such a nice, new addition to our Christmas explosion decorations.

From Marty: Yes, my husband can make most anything. He may not completely follow the directions, but he’s good at winging it (much like with his acting skills!) This particular Saturday he was a man possessed and finished projects faster than I could take and edit pictures, write and post the project! So there are some more fun posts in store. Soon. I hope.

The hardest part of this project was the lettering. I hooked up my trusty Cricut diecutting machine and practiced cutting the letters on cardstock. I decided on the font Lyrical Letters and set the size to 2 inches. Every time I do a vinyl project I have to go back and watch this video. Even with that I still messed up the letters the first time.

After I cut out the black vinyl it was time to press the letters to the wood. Easier said than done. The vinyl did not stick well at first and there was a learning curve in figuring out the right pressure to get the letters to stick without ripping them.

I had to do a couple of letters over and once I got through the first couple of words I started to get the hang of it. I distressed the letters with sandpaper to give a more vintage feel to the wood.

Fence Board Christmas Tree from Marty's Musings

At my homeschool moms party this week several of the ladies thought the letters were routed out of the wood. Score one for realism!

We had this ornament hanging on our real tree and thought it would have special meaning hanging on this project. Without Christ there is no “Christ”mas.

Since I first wrote this post I’ve also used my favorite Christmas tree on my front door in place of a wreath.

Fence Board Christmas Tree - Marty's Musings

How do you like it?

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  1. LOVE it!!!

    Great job, Tim & Marty! Your gifts certainly compliment each other.

    Can’t wait to see what other projects you completed.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Oooh – I love this y’all! You made it look so simple. The gray’ish color is perfect too. Great job!

  3. I love this! There are so many variations of the scrap wood Christmas tree and this is by far my favorite! Thanks for posting this.

  4. This is so perfect for Christmas. What a great idea! Thank you- Lani

  5. That is SO cute!! I love the look of it. Beautiful!

    • Michelle, I’m glad you liked my scrap wood Christmas tree. It was a fun and fairly quick project. Love that!
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  6. I love simple projects with a big impact! I’ve been wanting to do something similar for a while. Might just have to whip up one of these tomorrow! Headed over to follow you…looks like you have some great projects to inspire 🙂

    • Becky, I’m so glad you found my blog and liked the Christmas tree project. I don’t have anything for that wall in the kitchen since we’ve redone it so that buys me some time!
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  7. Marty I love the way it came out… I also made one using scrap drift wood. I like the words on yours! Nice job!

    • Susan, I’m so glad you like my scrap wood Christmas tree! I would love to have some drift wood to use for a project. It’s amazing what you can do with nature’s provisions!
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  8. I love this project! Love using what you have!

    • Hey, Danni! Thanks for always commenting on my posts. I appreciate the support!
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  9. I absolutely love this!!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love anything made from scraps.
    Homa Style is having a 12 Days of Christmas link party going on now.
    I would love it if you linked up your scrap wood Christmas tree.
    The link is

  11. I really love this project. Its got that rustic feel but is meaningful. If you get a chance I would love for you to come link up at my Pin Party.

  12. Love this! I especially like the ornament you chose. What a humbling truth!
    I’d love it you linked this up at my Show & Tell party. It runs from Thursday – Tuesday each week.
    Merry Christmas!

  13. I think this is one of the best ideas that I have seen.

    • Hi, Jet. I’m glad you liked the scrap wood Christmas tree we made and I appreciate your kind comment. Hope you’ll visit my blog again soon!
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  14. so cute! i love the star added to the top!

    • Hi, Cassie. Thanks for visiting my scrap wood Christmas tree post. Love easy and high impact!
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  15. That is beautiful, Marty. I would love to have that hanging on my wall! I would love for you to share it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase.
    I hope to see you soon! 🙂

    btw…my name is Marti, too! HA,

    • Thanks for visiting Marty’s Musings, Marti! Are you a Martha, too? For years, the only Marty I knew was a guy so I’m glad to know there are more of us out there! Thanks for visiting my scrap wood Christmas tree post!

  16. Love this tree – thanks for sharing. Joining from Inspire Me Monday

  17. This is so great! I love how the letters look carved out….you did goooood! 😉 It’s great to have such talented hubbys!! Visiting from Sugar Bee

  18. I love this!! Just wanted to let you know I’m featuring this blog post in my Christmas Projects round up tomorrow:)


    • Thanks so much, Katie, for featuring my scrap wood Christmas tree! It was a fun project and a simple reminder of the season. Blessings to you!
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  19. How pretty!!! Hi! I’m your newest follower and was kinda maybe sorta hopin’ that you’d hop on by my blog and follow me back!!


    • Thanks, Sarah, for visiting my blog. I wish you great success in your endeavor as well!
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  20. Wonderful project and so true! Jesus IS the reason for the season.

    • JoAnn, thanks for visiting my post on our scrap wood Christmas tree! It’s a great reminder of the reason for the season!
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  21. wow totally love this great project

  22. A beautiful tree with a beautiful message. I like how you used the star on top: perfect!
    Thanks you for reminding us of the reason for the season…
    hugs x

    • Thanks, Crystelle, for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment on my scrap wood Christmas tree. It’s a good reason to remember what the season is really about. Blessings!
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  23. New fan here from Frugal Days. If you haven’t already, I would love for you to come visit me at Fresh Eggs Daily and share at my weekly Farm Girl Blog Fest:

    Happy Holidays!
    Fresh Eggs Daily

    • Hi, Lisa. Thanks for visiting Marty’s Musings and I did link up again this week! Thank you for hosting.
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  24. looks wonderful!

  25. Such a great idea!

  26. What a wonderful idea!! . I am visiting you via Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Happy Holidays. Anu

  27. I LOVE this! Would you sell these?

    • Hi, Deb. We have actually made a few of these projects for gifts. Were you interested in buying one of the scrap wood Christmas trees? I imagine they would be quite expensive to ship. My hubby also ran out of wood so we have to scrounge around for some more for future projects!
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  28. “Without Christ there is no “Christ”mas.” Amen, sister! Love the tree.

    • Hi, Kristen! I’m so glad you visited our scrap wood Christmas tree post. It is a sweet, simple reminder of the season. Blessings!
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  29. The tree looks absolutely WONDERFUL!
    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

    • Thanks, Christine, for the sweet comment on our scrap wood Christmas tree. I appreciate you hosting a link party each week and I’m always there! Blessing!
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  30. I LOVE this so much!

    • Hi, Nicole. I’m so glad you liked our scrap wood Christmas tree project! Please make yourself at home and I hope you’ll enjoy my blog!
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  31. Thanks for sharing your project in last week’s Crafty Showcase. We love how you inspire others on the internet! Stop back over and share more of your talent in the new Bowdabra Crafty Showcase starting Friday night midnight!
    Susie @Bowdabra

    • Hi, Susie! I linked up to your party as always! I’m glad you enjoyed our scrap wood Christmas tree.
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  32. I adore this! Love the scrappy look!! Thank you so much for linking up! I’m sharing on my FB page!

  33. I just love this! That would also be a great place to attach all the family photo Christmas cards that we are receiving. Great job!

  34. Marty…I saw this earlier on pinterest, so happy you linked to catch as catch can! Love your tree, it’s perfectly perfect!

  35. Marty…that turned our precious. Thank you for sharing at WJIM. Have a blessed week,

  36. So cute Marty!
    I may have to try this sometime!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  37. This is beautiful, Marty! I can’t wait to try it. Pinning.

  38. Happy holidays! Just stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow!

  39. Happy holidays! Just stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow! Thanks for linking up! Love this idea!

  40. Hi Marty,
    This tree is so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    This weeks party is live. Here is the link to the party
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee’s
    Linda @ With A Blast

  41. Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Party you are being featured today:)

  42. I loved!
    So beautiful!


  43. I LOVE this scrap wood Christmas tree. You and your hubby make a great team! I’m about to make one for our house out of scrap fence boards. I do have one question. Will it stand alone with the base, or does it need to lean or hang? From looking at the pictures, I can’t tell. Just wondering if I need to adjust the base for it to stand alone. Thank you SO much for sharing all your great ideas and the info on how you do it. You are amazing!! Have a blessed day! Oh, BTW, I am making the Happy Fall Yall sign also. 🙂

    • Hi, Patti. Our scrap wood Christmas tree doesn’t have a base and I’ve always just hung it on the wall. This year I may use it for outdoor decoration and just lean it. Good luck with the project, and I’m glad you enjoyed the pumpkin sign, too! Have a blessed day!

  44. Love the tree (and the little ornament on it).
    Inspires me to get busy and just do it!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Have a blessed Christmas…

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