• Box Saw
    Box Saw
  • Drill Bit
    Drill Bit
  • Drill
  • Safety Goggles
    Safety Goggles
  • Screw Drivers
    Screw Drivers
  • Tape Measure
    Tape Measure

Other Supplies

  • - National Hardware 3/4″ Classic Solid Brass Cup Hooks (comes in 50 piece packets)
  • - One sheet of 4′ x 8′ – 3/8″ plywood
  • - Three pieces of 2″ x 2″ by 8′ long white wood
  • - Three pieces of 2 1/4″ molding – 8′ long
  • - One tube of adhesive caulking (and caulk gun)
  • - One inch self-adhesive decorative flexible molding trim – sold by the roll
  • - Clamps
  • - Roll of blue painter’s tape
  • - Christmas tree ornaments in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • - String to hang ornaments
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Step 1

Cut the Plywood to Size

Measure and cut sheet of plywood to size using a circular saw or a jig saw. It should measure about twice as tall as it is wide to resemble the dimensions of a Christmas tree. We cut this piece to 36″ wide x 72″ tall.

DIY Wall Art Panel Christmas Tree
Title: DIY Wall Art Panel Christmas Tree Alternative

Step 2

Cut Wood Stabilizing Strips

Cut the 2″ x 2″ white wood to use on the back side of the plywood that will help to give the plywood stability.

Cut Wood Stabilizing Strips

Step 3

Adhere The Stabilizers

Use caulking to adhere the wood stabilizing strips to the back. No nails necessary!

Adhere Stabilizers
Adhere Stabilizers

Step 4

Cut And Affix The Wood Molding

Cut the wood molding to size to frame the plywood. Then attach the wood molding to the front of the plywood with caulk and clamp until dry.

Cut and fix wood molding
Cut and fix wood molding

Cut and fix wood molding

Step 5

Paint The Panel

Once the caulking is dry you are ready to paint! Give the front of the wood a coat of primer and then finish with two coats of a high quality semigloss white trim paint. 

Paint the panel

Step 6 (Optional)

Add Decorative Molding

Add decorative molding over the existing molding on the front of the frame. We used plastic self adhesive molding for a special touch of glam!

Add decorative molding

Step 7

The Finishing Touch!

Now you’re ready for the finishing touch. Decide where you’d like to add the hooks for hanging your ornaments! We used the National Hardware 3/4″ Classic Sold Brass Cup Hooks laying them out in the shape of a Christmas tree using a painters’ tape outline as a guide. Pre-drilling the holes makes it easy to screw the cup hooks into place. Add your ornaments using cording or string and step back to enjoy!

The Finishing Touch
The finishing touch

The Finishing Touch
The finishing touch

The Finishing Touch
The finishing touch

The Finishing Touch
The finishing touch


Janet Coon
Janet Coon is the face behind the popular design and DIY blog Shabbyfufu, now in it's 15th year of production!

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