How to Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

1-2 hours

Decorate your yard with unique plywood Christmas trees

How to Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

Making a Christmas tree yard decoration is a fun project for the whole family. This project can be tackled in a couple of hours and children of every skill level can help personalize the trees with decorations. Get started by downloading a PDF version of this project, and then follow the steps below and see how easy it is to complete.

Safety: Wear gloves and eye protection when working with a jig saw.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Sketch your tree shape
Sketch tree shape - Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

Start by marking down an outline of your tree on the plywood.

Download the tree template or make your own design.

2
Cut out your tree
Cut out tree - Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

• Use a circular saw for larger, straight cuts, and a jig saw for curves and finer cuts.
• Sand any rough edges of the plywood.

Safety: Be sure to stay clear of the table edge when cutting.

3
Cut and attach your post
Cut your post - Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

• Cut the 2 x 4-inch board about 8 inches shorter than the top of your tree, and allow about 10 inches to extend below the tree.
• Cut the bottom into a point that will make driving your tree into the ground easier.
• Attach it on the edge down the center of the back of the tree using 3-inch deck screws.

4
Drill the holes
Drill holes - Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

• Use a little tape to lay out your pattern, then mark the holes with a pencil.
• Use a small drill bit to make pilot holes from the back side.
• Then, choose the right drill bit that will accommodate your bulb size, and drill the final holes from the front side to minimize splintering.
• Smooth edges with a sander.

5
Paint or stain
Paint stain - Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

• Paint or stain your tree, using two coats.
• Let dry completely before proceeding.

6
Add lights
Add lights - Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

Insert the lights through the pre-drilled holes from the back, and use staples to secure the wiring to the back of the tree.

Tip: Prop up your tree with scrap 2 x 4-inch boards so your lights can poke through without damaging the bulbs.

7
Place your tree
Place your tree - Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

Find a spot for your tree, then use a sledgehammer to drive the post into the ground.

Tip: Don't strike the post directly. Use a scrap piece of 2 x 4-inch board as a buffer, and you won't damage the post.

8
Finish decorating
Finish decorating - Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

Add some final touches to your tree using garland or ornaments, and you're ready to welcome the holidays!