Holiday House 2013

How to Make a Backlit Wooden Christmas Tree

Designer Dan Faires adds a touch of modernity to holiday decor with a minimalist backlit plywood Christmas tree that's perfect for indoor or outdoor use.

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Materials Needed:

  • one sheet 4x8' pressure-treated plywood per tree (for outdoor use)
  • one sheet 4x8' paint-grade or stain-grade plywood per tree (for indoor use)
  • jigsaw
  • pencil
  • paper
  • C-hooks
  • palm sander and pads
  • quart of exterior latex paint in semigloss finish
  • paint roller
  • paint pan
  • angled paintbrush
  • drop cloth
  • extension cord
  • 3' long 2x4' pressure-treated lumber
  • drill
  • 3" exterior screws
  • indoor/outdoor, freestanding plug-in spotlight (optional)
  • white outdoor twinkle lights

Sketch Design

Since there are many different styles of Christmas tree silhouettes, it's important to first decide on the overall direction best fit for your interior or exterior space. Use a pencil to sketch silhouette onto paper.

Sand Plywood

Smooth front and back surfaces of plywood using palm sander.

Trace Silhouette

Referring to sketch, and with plywood laid out along a flat, level surface, use pencil to trace silhouette directly to plywood.

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