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Andrew Tchernilevskii
Humour and lifestyle content creator

How to Make a DIY Wooden Christmas Tree Out of 2x4s

Having no room for an indoor Christmas tree this year, I wanted to build myself a wooden one to decorate and put in my backyard. I also wanted to make a small bench to accompany the tree, so I could sit there to admire all my hard work! In the end, the project was done quickly and didn't require a lot of renovation knowledge.
1

Screw on the hinges

  • 1.1 - Screw a hinge onto the end of a 2x4 (use treated wood and treated wood screws if the tree is going outside). Use 1½-inch screws. Repeat on the second 2x4.

Pro tip

Make small holes with a wood drill bit before screwing in to make sure you don't crack the wood.
2

Make the base of the tree in a cross

  • 2.1 - Cut two 3-foot 2x4s with a saw. Cut another 2x4s about 5 feet (or smaller if space doesn't allow).

Pro tip

Drill a hole of about ¾-inch each end of the 5-foot cross. The holes will allow you to add bolts and drive them into the earth to secure the tree.
3

Finish the base

  • 3.1 - Screw a hinge on each end of the cross (not on the 5-foot part). Cut a 6’-foot 2x4 for the base.
4

Put everything together as in the picture.

  • 4.1 - OPTIONAL: Place bolts in the ground. Use a hammer to tuck the bolts into the holes you made in the 2x4.
1

Create the base of the bench

  • 1.1 - Use treated wood and screws if you plan to use the bench outside. Cut two 42-inch 2x4s and two 16’-inch 2x4s. Position the wood in a frame.
2

Screw the corners

  • 2.1 - Screw the corners together to connect everything.
3

Create the interior slats

  • 3.1 - Measure the inside length of the base and cut four 2x4s.
4

Assemble the slats

  • 4.1 - Place the slats so that they are all the same distance from each other. To make sure they are level, place the slats on the floor before screwing them in.
5

Install the legs and strengthen the bench

  • 5.1 - The bench should be about 16-inch off the ground to be comfortable. Cut four 14½-inch legs (using 2x4s or 4x4s). Screw together with 2½-inch maximum screws. See the photo to know where to screw. Measure and cut a 2x4 that will go where the red arrow is. Add screws on each side of the base.
6

Paint

  • 6.1 - Use spray paint in the colour of your choice. For exterior use, be sure to use exterior paint. Make a first thin layer and then wait 20 minutes before applying a second coat. Allow drying for one hour before moving it.
7

Decorate

  • 7.1 - Once you're done, decorate the tree with LED lights!
Andrew Tchernilevskii
Humour and lifestyle content creator
Andrew is a humour and lifestyle content creator. He recently undertook a major project: the renovation of his entire apartment! Now he wants to undertake DIY projects to decorate the place. You can follow his work on his Instagram account @andrew.tche

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