Charming Forest Holiday Scene You Can Create Using Wood Beads

DIY mini wood Christmas trees
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Calling all minimalists! Create a festive forest scene for the holidays with tiny wooden trees that combine a clean Scandinavian aesthetic with the earthy tones and textures found in nature. They're simple to make using wooden beads, and you can easily design an entire wonderland while watching your favorite holiday movie. Displayed on a mantel, windowsill or shelf, you'll be singing fa-la-la-la-la at how enchanting your little forest looks with a few simple sprigs of eucalyptus. So grab some wooden beads (and perhaps some holiday cookies for snacking), and get gluing.

Note: When sourcing your wooden beads, you'll likely encounter some that are beads with holes for stringing, some that are balls (no holes in center), and some that are dowel caps (with flat bottoms). All of them will work for this project.

DIY wood bead trees
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The Spruce Tree

DIY wood bead Christmas tree
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Step 1

Starting at the bottom, glue a row of 3/8-inch beads around the base of the foam cone. Position the holes of the beads so they're facing sideways and not forward.

Gluing wood beads to foam cone
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Step 2

Continue gluing rows of beads around the cone, pushing them as tightly together as possible for a snug fit. On some rows, you'll end up with a space where you can't fit the last bead — just try to keep these spaces all roughly lined up in the same area on the back of the tree so it's easy to conceal. Alternatively, you could add smaller beads to fill in any empty spaces.

Gluing rows of beads to foam cone
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Step 3

Add a single bead on top of the last row to form a pointed tree shape.

Gluing wood bead on top of foam cone
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The Elm Tree

DIY mini wooden tree
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Step 1

Stack and glue four or five wooden rings together.

Gluing wooden rings together
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Step 2

Glue a 1 1/2-inch wooden bead on top of the wood rings. Also stack and glue two wooden spools together to form the trunk of the tree.

Gluing wood bead on top of wood rings
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Step 3

Place the stack of wooden rings on top of the wooden spools, and glue them together.

Gluing wood rings on top of wooden spools
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The Boxwood Tree

DIY wooden Christmas tree
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Step 1

Start with a 1 1/2-inch wooden bead on the bottom and glue two 1 1/4-inch wooden beads on top.

Gluing three large wooden beads together
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Step 2

Glue the beads on top of a wooden spool.

Gluing wooden beads to wooden spool
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To create some variation in the wood tones, apply a tiny bit of wood stain (we used Special Walnut and Golden Oak) to some of the trees with a paper towel or cloth. Wipe off any excess and let dry.

Staining wooden trees with wood stain
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We rounded out our tiny forest with a wooden pine tree from the craft store, and then styled it with a wooden bead garland and a few simple stems of seeded eucalyptus. So simple and yet so festive!

DIY wooden forest Christmas mantel
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DIY mini wooden Christmas trees
credit: Trisha Sprouse
DIY mini wooden Christmas trees
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Trisha Sprouse

Trisha Sprouse

Trisha is a writer, video producer + maker with a knack for creating modern DIY content. When her hands aren't covered in paint, she's most likely holding a camera or power drill or both.