DIY Scandinavian Inspired Wooden Christmas Tree to Use for Years to Come

DIY Christmas tree
credit: Caroline Burke

As much as I love the smell of a real pine tree, there's something strikingly unconventional about a wooden Christmas tree. This modern alternative is a perfect winter DIY project and far more convenient than the upkeep of a real tree and all those falling needles! It's perfect if you have a small space or if you're decorating your home with Scandinavian holiday decor. A wooden tree is a fuss-free option that's just as fun to decorate with the bonus of being collapsible for easy storage once January arrives.

DIY Christmas tree
credit: Caroline Burke

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden dowel, 1 inch by 48 inch

  • Wooden dowel, 3/8 inch by 96 inch

  • Wooden dowel, 1/2 inch by 96 inch

  • Power drill

  • Drill bit, 3/8 inch

  • Drill bit, 1/2 inch

  • Hand clamp

  • Hacksaw

  • Tape measure

  • Mitre box

  • Large vase or pot

  • Sand

Step 1

Mark the first hole four inches from the end of the 1-inch thick dowel. (This dowel acts as the tree trunk.) Secure the dowel to some scrap wood using a hand clamp and drill through the dowel using a 3/8-inch drill bit.

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 2

Measure the second hole further along at 10 inches and the third hole at 16 inches. It's important to rotate the dowel pole each time you mark a hole so that the holes do not align once you have drilled them. Drill the holes with the 3/8-inch drill bit.

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 3

Switch to a 1/2-inch drill bit. Measure a further three holes along the dowel at 22, 28, and 34 inches, and then drill. (Once again make sure the drill holes do not line up.)

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 4

Now you can cut the tree branches to size. Take the 3/8-inch thick dowel and cut three lengths measuring eight inches, 14 inches, and 20 inches long. Use a mitre box and hacksaw to cut the dowel.

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 5

Take the 1/2-inch dowel and cut another three lengths measuring 26 inches, 32 inches, and 38 inches long.

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 6

Twist the dowel branches through the trunk in ascending order with the smallest length at the top.

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 7

Place the tree into a large vase or pot filled with sand to anchor it. Hang with some Scandi-inspired monochrome decorations to complete the look!

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree
credit: Caroline Burke
DIY Wooden Christmas Tree
credit: Caroline Burke

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Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!