How to make a timber Christmas tree

View the video

How to make a timber Christmas tree

View the video

More D.I.Y. Advice

How to make illuminated wall art 00:43

Christmas Ideas How to make illuminated wall art Create a unique piece of illuminated art for your walls with this simple D.I.Y. project.

shooting stars 00:44

Christmas Ideas How to create shooting stars Give your garden fence a starry makeover with this easy D.I.Y. shooting stars project.

festoon window 00:57

Christmas Ideas How to create your own festoon window Spread the Christmas cheer both inside and out with a festoon window, adorned with fairy lights and festive decorations.

bauble bird nests and light spheres 00:59

Christmas Ideas How to make bauble bird nests and light spheres A bauble bird nest or light sphere is the perfect way to brighten up any outdoor entertaining area, adding some festive feeling come December. It’s an easy D.I.Y. project that will take just a few hours to complete.

how to make chicken wire baubles 01:06

Christmas Ideas How to make chicken wire baubles Transform your outdoor area with our take on Christmas chicken wire baubles. Follow this step-by-step guide from Bunnings to find out how to make your own.

Make your own card holder light wall 00:32

Christmas Ideas Make your own card holder light wall Brighten up your Christmas card display this year with a card holder light wall. It helps to save space and it looks great!

How to make a Christmas teepee 00:51

Christmas Ideas How to make a Christmas teepee Introduce the festive feeling in your outdoor areas with a Christmas teepee, made with just a few common D.I.Y. materials.

an outdoor christmas table setting with a fairy light chandelier hanging above 00:42

Christmas Ideas How to make a tree branch chandelier Our DIY fairy light chandelier will add a wow factor to your outdoor entertaining space.

how to make a macrame christmas decoration 02:59

Christmas Ideas How to make macrame Christmas decorations Want to get creative this festive season? Have a go at making your own Christmas decorations. We’ve got the lowdown on how to create stunning macramé baubles.

A large staircase decorated with fairy lights wrapped around and cascading down the bannister 00:58

Christmas Ideas How to create a stair rail garland Transform your staircase into a festive feature in just a few simple steps.

Forget tacky, throwaway plastic Christmas treess. Create your own stylish DIY timber version that will look great, and last years. You only need some scrap wood and a few things. Here’s how:

Tools and materials

180-grit sandpaper

40 x 18mm timber length @ 1.2m

90 x 30mm timber length @ 1.2m


Eye protection

Fairy lights



Safety gloves

Sanding block


Super glue

Tape measure

Tools and materials needed to build a timber Christmas tree

1. Measure and mark timber lengths

It’s time to use that high school maths! You’re going to need a tape measure and some basic geometry for this bit – we’re creating an isosceles triangle for our base.! Our timber length is 1200mm long, and we’ll need to cut it into three pieces. Cut two lengths at 450mm each and one at 300mm. Take your square and draw a straight line – these will be your cut marks.

Measure lengths of timber with a tape measure and pencil.

2. Cut your timber lengths

After you’ve marked up, grab your clamps and handsaw and cut your timber to size. Make sure you wear safety gloves and eye protection for this bit – those saws are sharp!

Cutting timber to length with a  hand saw

3. Outline your tree

Once you’ve cut your lengths, stack them on top of each other in a triangle shape, and mark out the sides of your tree. Lay the 300mm piece along the bottom and the two longer sections in either corner, meeting at the top to form the triangle. The sides of the tree will sit flush inside each other, so take a pencil and mark up where you need to cut. Rule your lines to make sure they are straight. Once you’ve done this, repeat the above step and cut your lengths to size, using a sanding block to smooth the edges once they’re done.

Put pieces of wood and mark up where to saw with a ruler and pencil.

4. Glue your Christmas tree together

Once all the sides are sanded and brushed clean, you’re ready to glue. We’re using No Mess Quick Fix adhesive. This stuff sets like concrete, so be careful when applying. Pop on your protective gloves and apply some glue to the edges, fix together, and hold for a few minutes while the glue binds.

Applying strong glue to pieces of timber

5. Measure your tree base

Grab your wider timber piece and a square and measure 150mm. Use your handsaw to cut the base to size. Once you’ve done this, give it a quick sand to remove any rough edges.

6. Glue base to tree

Once your base is ready, grab your timber tree frame and glue it to the base. Like before, wait a few minutes for the glue to bind, holding in place to assist with adhesion.

Gluing timber triangle to Christmas tree base

6. Decorate your Christmas tree

This is the fun bit! You can decorate your tree any way you like – we chose a decorative star for the top, and wrapped it with battery-operated fairy lights – you can pick these up at Bunnings. But really, anything looks great.

This is an awesome craft project to get the kids involved with – if you’ve got any left-over sample pots of paint, consider painting your tree a fun, festive colour. And why not get creative with sizes? Pairing various sized triangles together in a cluster looks fabulous – have fun! ‘Tis the season, after all!…

Finished Christmas tree with lit up fairy lights

Feeling crafty

We have plenty more Christmas craft ideas to choose from or you can head to your local Bunnings store's craft aisle for inspiration.

More D.I.Y. Advice

Teddy Bear's Birthday 05:16

Craft Activities How to create a Teddy Bear’s birthday Has your teddy bear got a birthday coming up? Why not throw a party? Here’s how:

kids binoculars made from recycled toilet paper rolls 03:35

Craft Activities How to create a binocular safari Creating Binoculars is essential for spotting wildlife on a safari. Follow this step-by-step guide to find out how to make your own.

terracotta pot person 02:22

Craft Activities How to create terracotta pot people Take two pots, stick them together and decorate it any way you like. Voila – you’ve made your very own terracotta pot person.

Two cactus rock pots 02:30

Craft Activities How to create cactus rock pots We show you how to make an easy cactus garden that really rocks.

bug hotel 02:03

Craft Activities How to make a bug hotel Making a bug hotel is a great way to bring all sorts of critters such as native bees, bugs and other interesting creatures into your yard. It’s a great project for the kids who can then watch them grow in their natural habitat.

How to create letter art 02:14

Craft Activities How to create letter art Whether it’s your name, a slogan, or an inspiring word, making FUN letter art is all about putting your own stamp on timber letters. Here’s how to do it.

how to make a nature hanging 02:47

Craft Activities How to make a nature hanging Making a nature hanging for your room is an awesome way to use things you find outside to make something cool for your room. It’s easy and fun, here’s how to do it.

Noughts and Crosses Game 02:52

Craft Activities How to make a monster noughts and crosses game Who doesn’t love noughts and crosses? This version is called Monster Noughts and Crosses and the whole family can play. Here’s how to make your game at home.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
Top of the content