Holiday Preview // DIY Plywood Christmas Tree

I know — you’re super confused because it’s not even Halloween yet! Believe me, I’m not trying to fast forward through fall. I just thought I’d put up a little sneak peek of some Christmasy goodness that I worked on over the summer. Yeah, we get a jump on things around here sometimes. And truthfully, with a baby that’ll be about 4 weeks old at Christmas, I’ll be glad to have a head start!

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

I’ve spent so many Christmases in teeny tiny apartments, with hardly any room for a tree. Sometimes we shoved one in a corner, sometimes we just got a miniature tree and called it a day. But I wish I would have thought of this little space-saving holiday project years ago! We have a little more room in our home now, but I’m still planning on using this cool geometric tree in the kiddo’s room to decorate and spread some Christmas cheer!

Materials

  • ¼” thick plywood or MDF, cut to four feet by three feet (they’ll cut it for you at your local hardware store!)
  • ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape Multi Surfaces
  • Paint primer
  • Two shades of paint
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Yard stick
  • Paint roller
  • Paint roller tray
  • Drop cloth

Make Time: 2 Hours Plus Drying Time

Start by taping out your tree shape on the board. Measure how tall and wide you’d like it, and smooth on the ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape to outline the shape. Smooth the edges of the tape to ensure that no paint seeps underneath.

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

Roll on a coat of primer, being careful to stay inside the lines! Allow the primer to dry until it’s no longer tacky to the touch.

Next, roll on a coat of your first paint color. Be sure the paint is even and covers all of the primer. Allow this coat to dry as well.

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

Tape out your geometric design on the tree. For the stripes, we cut strips of the ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape in half longways so that they’d be thinner. Arrange the stripes on the tree, being careful to keep a consistent distance between each stripe.

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

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Once the tape is all laid out, smooth down the edges of each stripe. Add your final coat of paint in the second color.

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

While this coat is still wet, carefully remove your tape. This is my favorite part! It’s like taking a cake out of the oven — you finally get to see the results of your work. Peel away slowly, being careful not to pull away any paint with the tape. But I have to say — the EdgeLock feature makes for the cleanest, neatest edges of any painter’s tape I’ve ever used! It’s this stuff or nothin’, I tell ya.

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

Stand back and admire your super-cool, space-saving Christmas tree! I’m going to string some twinkle lights around ours and have a few gifts there to keep it cozy. It’s such a fun, unexpected, modern twist on a classic! And the best part — when you’re done celebrating, you can tuck it away in the back of your closet for next year. For more ScotchBlue projects, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. xoxo

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products to be used in the project were selected by me. 

13 thoughts on “Holiday Preview // DIY Plywood Christmas Tree”

  1. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE autumn! But Christmas is also my favorite holiday, so to combine the two is totally fine with me.

    Either way, I love this idea! The smell of an evergreen tree is so appealing in the winter, but when your space is small this seems like a great alternative!

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