DIY Wooden Frame and Shim {paintstick} Christmas Tree

Since my little guy is all about Christmas Trees this year, I thought I would create this simple piece of festive art that he could help me with. {just the painting of course} I made the frame from reclaimed wood we had laying around; however if you are not into making your own frame, an empty picture frame could be used as well.
For the frame I used reclaimed 1×1 scrap pieces of wood. You can also purchase new wood from your local hardware store – they are pretty inexpensive {check the wooden garden stakes}.

The ends were cut at 45 degree angles using a miter saw. They best part about making your own frame is you can customize the size to fit your project and it is a very simple if you have a miter saw or miter box. {if not that is something to add to your Christmas list – they are very handy to have in your DIY toolbox}

Run a bead of Gorilla Wood Glue along the cut ends and secure into place with some brad nails. {I used a nail gun – another handy tool}

For the tree I used wooden shims that you can find at your local hardware store for around a $1.50 a pack. {You can also use paint sticks as well!} These were cut with a hand saw to fit the frame; varying about a 1/2 inch difference with each cut to form a tree shape. The top was simply cut into a triangle shape.

I wanted a muted color stain look for the wood so each piece was soaked in some water.

Then my little artist got busy painting away using varied shades of green DecoArt Americana Acrylics for each piece.

Once each piece was painted I then dipped them back into the water and wrapped in a paper towel. I love the finished look!

For the backing, I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the frame. Using Krylon Easy Tack spray adhesive I applied a piece of paper to the cardboard {just to give it a smoother appearance} and then another coat of the Easy Tack to apply a piece of fabric. The cardboard was then stapled to the back of the frame using a staple gun.

The painted wood was then arranged inside the frame and glued into place using Gorilla Super Glue.

We went with a more rustic natural look however these could be glittered up and personally decorated as pleased.

Oh Christmas Tree cuteness ~ Enjoy!


  1. wonderful project :))
    power tools and gorlilla glue~~woo hoo!!

    Kay Ellen

  2. Really cute and natural! I like it!

  3. So cute! I love the rustic look to it!

    I shared a link to it on my blog’s, A Glimpse Inside, FB page.!/pages/A-Glimpse-Inside/109530752451754

  4. I love this! And I have all the stuff at home to make it today!

  5. I think what annoys me most about you and your creativity is that everything you do–even if it’s not my style–is absolutely GORGEOUS! I’m over it. 🙂

    In all seriousness…I wish I had your brain. Beautiful, as usual.

  6. Awesome rustic goodness!! 🙂

  7. Ooooohhhhh I like it! You never cease to amaze me with what you come up with 🙂


  8. So fun! I bet yor little one loves helping you make cute crafts!

  9. So nice! I love the semi-transparent look of the paint.

  10. wow, that is SO cute. well done.

  11. what a wonderful tree. So creative.

  12. What a cool idea and something that a man can get involved too..Love it…and love the ticking in the background

  13. That is the most beautiful Christmas Tree I have ever seen!

  14. Just wanted to let you know I love this idea and I shared it with my readers!

  15. What a cute idea! I would have never thought to soak the wood in water – thanks for the tip!

    Betsey at

  16. Soooooo sooooo cute! You could sell these! WOW I am in LOVE!

  17. What a great idea!!!

  18. That is so cute! I absolutely love it!

  19. What a cute idea. I love that you used something as simple as paint stir sticks or shims to make the tree.

  20. What a great project! So creative! 🙂

  21. What a smart project. I love all the colors of green…I’m a green girl!

  22. Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. 🙂 This will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here

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