DIY Wood Triangle Tree for Easy Christmas Decor

Build a wood triangle tree or a whole forest of trees for your mantel! This easy Christmas decor idea can be painted and decorated to fit whatever style you love, for Christmas and winter decorating. 

You’ll also love this triangle Christmas ornament display tree, herringbone wood trees for the porch, and 3D wood trees for a mantel or centerpiece

DIY Triangle Christmas Trees In 5 Sizes For Ornament Display And Mantel Decor Remodelaholic

Easy DIY Wood Triangle Christmas Tree

Last year we showed you this Ornament Display Tree, and we loved it!  The triangle tree shape is just so fun that we had to try it again this year during our 12 Days of Christmas.  Only just as the tree outline. 

We’ve made three different sizes of triangle wood Christmas decor trees so you can make them and give them as gifts or save them for your mantel!

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Triangle Tree Video Tutorial 

We also put together a video tutorial to show how to use an angle jig to cut the wide angle needed for the top angles of the wooden triangle Christmas trees, along with some additional options for making the triangle tree into a Christmas ornament holder.

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Click here to purchase the printable triangle tree woodworking plan and tutorial.

The 5-page printable triangle tree building plan includes details for making an angle jig to cut a wide angle and dimensions for 3 different sizes of trees: 12″, 14″, and 20″.

BUNDLE & SAVE! This plan is also part of the Wooden Christmas Tree Woodworking Plan Bundle. 4 plans, save 30% over buying individually!

DIY Christmas Decor Triangle Tree

Tools List:

  • Miter Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • 1 1/2″ Brad nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Sand Paper
  • Angle Jig (see plans and video on how to make this jig for some of the miter cuts)

Material List:

  • 1 x 2 pine board (for triangle) – see note below for needed length
  • 1 x 4  pine board (for base) – 4-7 inches per tree
  • 2 x 4  stud (optional for angle jig, you could use a 1 x 4 as well)
  • Paint or stain

Each 12” triangle tree requires ~32” of 1×2 board; 14” tree requires ~36” of 1×2 board; 20” tree requires ~56” of 1×2 board. We suggest purchasing a bit extra to account for angled cuts.

These little triangle trees are perfect for my winter and Christmas decor! Easy to make and in any color you want.

How to Paint or Stain a Wooden Christmas Tree

After you’ve built your trees following the woodworking plan, there are lots of options for finishing your wooden tree forest.

We spray painted ours for quick and easy color and a metallic shine to go along with our black and gold Christmas decorations.

You could also

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Using a triangle wood tree to decorate a Christmas mantel or winter vignette

Part of what we love about these trees is that they are so easy to customize to fit whatever style, decorations, and budget you have.

The video above shows how we strung plumbing chain to hang ornaments in the triangle tree. You could also

  • staple twine in the tree to hang Christmas cards or photos
  • hang ornaments as an advent calendar
  • string Christmas lights or fairy lights for a lighted wooden tree
  • display a wreath, mistletoe, or Christmas swag inside the triangle tree
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More DIY wooden tree tutorials for winter and Christmas decor:


Add Christmas decor in a simple minimalist style with these easy triangle trees in three sizes. Plus, an easy tip for cutting a non-standard angle on a miter saw.

Originally published 11.20.2015 // Last updated 11.29.2019

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I am the husband of the amazing Cassity of Remodelaholic. I love to problem solve and to design and build things inside and outside the house to make life better. I am a professional Landscape Architect by trade and love the outdoors.

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  1. This project is so festive! I love the idea of stringing lights on the wood as well. It’s a great way to get a Christmassy vibe in a smaller space. Thank you for sharing!