Transform your Holiday Decorations with my DIY Painted Wooden Christmas Trees

Hey there, fellow creatives! Are you ready to sprinkle some extra cheer into your home this Christmas? Well, you’re in for a treat because today we’re rolling up our sleeves to create something really special – Painted Wooden Christmas Trees.  This project is the perfect way to add a dash of homemade charm to your Christmas decor. It’s super simple, loads of fun, and uses a technique good for  many things and any season.  So, grab your paintbrushes, pick your favorite colors, and let’s create some holiday magic together! 🎄✨

MATERIALS USED FOR PAINTING WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREES:

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FLAT WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREE

CRUST TEXTURE PASTE

PUTTY KNIFE OR SPREADER

SMALL ARTIST BRUSH

CHIP BRUSH – Lowe’s or Home Depot

IOD FLORAL SWAGS MOULD

IOD AIR DRY CLAY

DIY PAINT

DIY CLEAR WAX

GOLD METALLIC PAINT

QUICK & THICK GLUE

GERMAN GLASS GLITTER

Step-By-Step Tutorial – Scroll down for a video tutorial if you learn better visually!

STEP 1:  APPLY CRUST TEXTURE PASTE TO WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREE

Using a putty knife,  spread the Crust over the entire wooden Christmas Tree.  Use enough Crust to get complete coverage. I only added the Crust to the top of the tree.

Spreading Crust over wooden Christmas Tree.

Showing Crusty star on tree.

Tip: I used a swirly motion with my putty knife to create peaks in the Crust. Isn’t it awesome? I just love this stuff!

STEP 2: ALLOW CRUST TO DRY 

I usually let my textured projects dry overnight.  The Crust will dry hard and be ready to paint.  By the way, I did not paint a base coat over the crust.

STEP 3: ADD MOULDS TO WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREE

This step is optional, but moulds can really enhance the look of any home decor!  Even simple books can be transformed into unique home decor by embellishing them with moulds.   Check out How to UpCycle Old Books.

Since I was pairing this tree with one that had many moulds, I wanted to add a few berry mould castings to tie them together. After the Crust dried, I used the IOD Floral Swags mould for a few random berries. That was a last minute decision and I didn’t get it on video.  However, you can read How to use Air Dry Clay to Create a 3D Church to see a full tutorial on how you would use silicone moulds with air dry clay.

The IOD Floral Swags mould was used to add berries to tree.

For all my tips on how to get perfect castings using moulds and air dry clay, join my creative community and I’ll send it your way!

STEP 4: PAINT WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREE USING A WHITE CHALK PAINT

Any white paint can be used to paint the tree.  I used DIY paint in the color Bead Board.  Allow paint to dry.

STEP 5: DRY BRUSH WITH METALLIC GOLD PAINT

After the white paint dried, I used a technique called dry brushing to add gold metallic paint.  I I love to use a chip brush for dry brushing because the ends of the bristles are sparse and soft.  When dry brushing, you really want to add a small amount of paint at a time and a chip brush works great.

Chip Brush

Dipping chip brush into paint.

Dip the tips of the brush into the paint and then blot onto a paper towel. You can always add more if need be.

Blotting paint onto paper towel

Using a light hand, gently brush metallic paint over the moulds and the crust on the tree, hitting the high points and edges.

Dry brushing metallic paint over tree.

close-up of Crust on tree.

You can add as much Gold paint as you would like, but I prefer it to be a little subtle. See how it really brings out the peaks in the Crust?

STEP 6: PAINT THE STAR AND THE STAND OF THE WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREE

For the Star, and the base, I went with the same gold metallic. Allow the paint to dry before moving on to Step 5.

Painting star with metallic gold paint.

STEP 7: BRUSH GLUE ON STAR

After the star has dried,  brush on glue using a small artist brush.  Titebond, quick & thick is my go-to glue for DIY projects, especially when using German Glass Glitter.  It dries quickly, and crystal clear allowing the glass glitter to be clear as well.

Brushing glue on painted star.

STEP 8: ADD GERMAN GLASS GLITTER TO STAR

German Glass Glitter is tiny pieces of glass; not your typical plastic glitter.  It’s one of my all time favorite products;  I never get tired of it!  While the glue is still wet, generously spoon on the Glass Glitter.

spooning on glass glitter.

Tap off excess Glitter.

Tapping off excess glass glitter.

Glass Glittered star

The Glass Glitter will appear milky at first, but once the glue dries it will be crystal clear and sparkly.

STEP 9: SEAL PAINTED WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREES

If you plan to use these decorations year after year, consider applying a clear sealant such as a polycrylic or wax.  This will protect your trees from wear and tear and keep the colors vibrant.  I used a clear wax by DIY.  For this particular project, clear coating or waxing can be done before or after adding the gold metallic.

Clear waxing painted Christmas tree.

 

NOTE! DO NOT SEAL OVER GLASS GLITTER!  IT WILL DULL THE SPARKLE!

TIP:  Using mould castings is another great way to up cycle your home decor!  (That’s what I used on the other tree.) Join my Creative Community below and I send you all my free tips for getting the perfect Castings using moulds and air dry clay!

STEP 10: DISPLAY PAINTED WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREES

Once everything is dry, find the perfect spot in your home to display your hand-painted wooden Christmas trees. They make great additions to your mantel, Christmas table setting, or even as personalized gifts to loved ones.

Staged picture of Painted wooden Christmas trees.

NEED A VISUAL TUTORIAL?

Painting Wooden Christmas Trees or is a wonderful way to bring a unique touch to your holiday decorations. This DIY project is simple enough for beginners, yet offers plenty of opportunities for the more experienced crafters to showcase their skills. Here’s another beautiful holiday project using CRUST on pumpkins!

Remember, the key to a successful DIY project is to have fun and let your imagination lead the way. I’d love to see your creations, so feel free to share them with me in the comments below!

Happy Painting and Merry Christmas!

Joanie

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