Project Overview

This festive outdoor Christmas tree is easy to make and will look fantastic on your front porch or in your garden.

Download our outdoor Christmas tree template

Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Have your timber cut-to-size
2 Lay the timber pieces out
3 Attach your Christmas tree trunk
4 Paint your undercoat
5 Paint your top coat
6 Add some decorations
7 Find a spot
  • Step 1. Have your timber cut-to-size

    Your local Bunnings can cut your timber to whatever size you like. We had seven pieces cut with the longest 105cm making sure each piece gets cut slightly smaller from there.

  • Step 2. Lay the timber pieces out

    Place the longest piece of timber at one end of your workspace. Then lay your second longest piece next to it and finally, your third longest, leaving a 2cm to 3cm gap between pieces. Continue this process until you have formed the shape of a tree.

  • Step 3. Attach your Christmas tree trunk

    Lay your thin garden stake down the centre of your tree and hammer three nails for each piece of timber that makes up your tree. Hold both pieces of timber as you hammer and making sure you get an adult to help you.

  • Step 4. Paint your undercoat

    Apply an undercoat of white craft paint then leave it to dry. Don’t forget to wear your safety gear.

  • Step 5. Paint your top coat

    Then paint your tree green. If you want it to be another colour that’s fine as well, it’s up to you. Don’t forget to paint the trunk as well.

  • Step 6. Add some decorations

    Once the top coat has dried, you can add your Christmas decorations. Tinsel, glitter, Christmas lights, whatever you want to make your Christmas tree look festive. 
  • Step 7. Find a spot

    You could put your Christmas tree in your front garden, on the front porch or in your backyard. Just make sure you get an adult to help you put it up.

    Now you’ve got an outdoor Christmas tree you can bring out for years to come. And when it comes to decorations, don’t forget, the more the merrier!

Tools and Materials


  • 7 x pieces of pine timber cut to size
  • Christmas lights and/or decorations
  • Green craft paint
  • Nails
  • • Thin garden stake
  • • White craft paint


  • Hammer
  • Mask
  • Paint brush
  • Safety gloves

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.
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