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Illuminated cedar Christmas tree on a porch
Do it yourself

How to Build an Outdoor Cedar Christmas Tree

Light up your yard with this elegant and minimalist geometrical DIY cedar Christmas tree. Follow these few easy steps.

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Person cutting wood using a mitre saw

Cut the Planks

  • 1.1 - Measure the cedar planks that will be used to create the three triangles. Use the plan to see the measurements and angles for each one.
  • 1.2 - Cut the planks.
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Sand the Extremities

Sand down all the cuts using an orbital sander and sandpaper.
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Person sanding a piece of wood

Varnish the Planks

  • 3.1 - Apply two coats of transparent satin-finish varnish to all planks.
  • 3.2 - Sand them down using sandpaper (medium then fine grade) between each coat.
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Person screwing two pieces of wood together
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Form the Triangles

  • 4.1 - Since the screws will be visible, use a combination square to mark the same measurement on each triangle joint. This ensures a cleaner finish.
  • 4.2 - Drill with a screw digger bit.
  • 4.3 - Screw the planks together using wood screws.
  • 4.4 - Repeat for the other two triangles by following the measurements in the plan.

Pro Tip

Adjust the drill bit based on the length of the screws. Be sure to use the screw digger bit intended for the screw head size.
Three wooden triangles lined up
Person drilling a hole with a drill
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Assemble the Trees

  • 5.1 - For each triangle, measure out the middle of each bottom plank.
  • 5.2 - Line up the three triangles, then drill a hole through the middle using a ¼” drill bit.
  • 5.3 - Join the three triangles using a nut and bolt. Insert a washer between each triangle base to prevent rubbing.

Pro Tip

For greater precision and stability, pre-drill the middle hole using a smaller drill bit than the one used for the final hole.
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Decorate Your Project

Decorate your Christmas tree with string lights. Carefully staple on the string lights to keep them in place.

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