DIY Wood Christmas Tree Plan with 2x4s is the perfect easy wooden Christmas tree craft project.
Build your own 3 foot tall DIY Wood Christmas tree from 2×4 wood with these plans that include measurements and angles! This wood tree is a great way to use scrap wood, so save this for your list of Christmas wood projects.
Use this wood tree idea to sell at craft fairs, or other holiday season festivals where they have Christmas crafts. Either way, this diy Christmas tree is a unique idea that you can make with new wood, or scrap wood, and a little paint or stain.
This Christmas tree is perfect for the front porch and wrapping Christmas lights around it for holiday decor.
Learn how to make this wooden Christmas craft by following the step by step instructions below.
Like most of my wooden crafts and wooden Christmas decorations, only a few simple tools are needed and requires beginner woodworking skills.
If you want to use up more scrap wood on Christmas tree projects, then you have to check out these small trees.
Supplies for Wood Christmas Tree from 2x4s
- 2×4 lumber: one 8 foot long piece, plus a piece 21 inches long
- 2.5 inch long trim head screws (affiliate link)
- wood glue (do not try to hot glue)
- wood putty
- stain or paint
- Miter saw (a circular saw can be used but a miter saw would be best)
- Orbital sander
Cut list for Wood Christmas Tree from 2×4:
- One at 14 inches, with one 22.5° end and one 45° end, (14 inches long point to long point)
- One at 12 inches, with one 22.5° end and one 45° end (12 inches long point to long point)
- Four at 12 inches, with 22.5° ends (12 inches long point to short point)
- One at 21 inches with 22.5° ends (21 inches long point to long point)
- One at 12 inches with 22.5° ends (12 inches long point to long point)
For printable plans, for a 2, 3 and 4 ft tall tree you can get them here.
Cutting Wood Christmas Tree from 2x4s
For the first cut, turn your saw table to 45 degrees.
The board needs to be on its side, it is not flat. It is a bevel cut because we’re cutting through the thickness of the wood, but I’m just doing a little shortcut and rotating my saw rather than beveling the blade.
Cut one end at 45°, then the second cut is going to be at 22.5 degrees. Your saw should have a notch on your miter saw so you can easily find that 22.5. From long point to long point is 14 inches in length. So what we’ll need to do is move the saw to 22.5 degrees on the opposite side that you cut the 45 degree end at.
Cut the second piece at 12 inches, with one 22.5° end and one 45° end (12 inches long point to long point).
Next 4 of the pieces have 22.5 degrees ends, but they are long point to short point. What I mean is the long point and then the short point are on the same side. Cut one end at 22.5°, mark 12 inches length, then slide the board down and cut on the 12″ mark. Do NOT flip the board around or move the saw on the second cut, just slide the board down.
The base piece is 21 inches long, from long point to long point with 22.5° ends.
The trunk piece is 12 inches long, from long point to long point with 22.5° ends.
Layout Wood Christmas Tree from 2x4s
Sand all of your pieces now. It’s way easier to do it now before it’s assembled. 🙂
Lay out your tree pattern so you don’t get them mixed up as you go.
Assembling Wood Christmas Tree from 2x4s
Starting with the top two pieces, figure out where you want your two and a half inch screws to go in it and what angle. Mark where the screws need to enter and then the angle of where they need to go in at. Turn that board down and start your screws while it’s flat on a surface. It’s easier to start screws while the board is laying down.
If you are not using trim head screws and are using regular wood or drywall screws, you should PRE-DRILL your holes. I get my trim head screws from Home Depot, you can also order them from Amazon here from my affiliate link.
Once you get them started, place it back into position. I think it’s easier to flip it up and hold it. Get a good grip on it and really hold it tight when putting the screws in.
If it presses against the bottom piece of wood, back your screw out, and then go back in.
Next, take two of our 12 inch pieces.
You want two inches of overlap.
Mark in the middle of the overlap where the screws need to be placed.
Start the screws so they are positioned in the first board. The reason I put the screws on the inside is to hide them.
Apply wood glue to where the boards will be together.
Finish driving the screws in all the way. It’s important to work on a flat surface.
Now for the second side it’s hard to angle the screws in because of limited space on the inside of the wood tree, so you can add the screws from the outside if you need to.
I still like to add them from the inside so you don’t see them, I just went in at an angle.
Now we’re going to get move on to the third tier. Take your remaining 12 inch pieces and measure and mark two inches for the overlap.
Mark where your screws need to enter, lay your boards flat and start your screws.
Apply wood glue and then drive the screws in the rest of the way.
The bottom piece is 21 inches from long point to long point. On this bottom piece drive the screws in from the bottom.
Mark where your screws need to end and where your screws need to enter from. You don’t want your screws too far in or too far out. They need to be centered to catch the middle of what it’s going into.
Flip your board down and we will start the screws.
Add glue here if you’d like. Make sure you stay on a flat surface while you’re making this so that the 2x4s do not twist.
Flip it over and put the remaining last two screws in.
The very last piece is our trunk This is 12 inches from long point to long point. Apply glue to the top side.
Make sure that this is centered, about five inches on each side. Attach with two screws.
Sanding and Staining Wood Christmas Tree from 2x4s
Appy wood filler in the two screw holes at the top. I’m not worrying about the inside screw holes, because you won’t really be able to see them.
Sand off any pencil marks and sharp corners.
Once it’s sanded, stain it whatever color you like. And if you’d like to decorate or not, I think leaving it a natural color it looks great, but there’s a lot of things you can do with this. Leave it as a simple wooden Christmas tree, stain brown for a rustic look, stain golden oak for a boho look, use white acrylic paint and a baby wipe for a whitewash look, solid white paint for a farmhouse style look. Try different colors on each wood tree and pair as a set!
To watch a video tutorial of this, check out my Facebook live making this exact 2×4 Christmas tree!
I hope you add this to your list of wooden Christmas tree crafts to make. It’s an inexpensive craft, uses little craft supplies, and can be even free if you have scrap wood!
If you like to make wood crafts, consider joining the Wood Craft Blueprints membership for step-by-step tutorials of trending projects that you can make and sell!