Project Guide

How to Make Holiday Tree Yard Decor

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!