Last year I came upon the cutest porch of a friend, and the focal point was these amazing yet simple Christmas Tree cutouts that I just loved. I knew I need to recreate some for myself! And of course, I’m here with a tutorial, to give you a quick rundown of how to make Porch Tree Cut-Outs: It’s one of those projects I wish you could come see in person – it was hard to capture their awesomeness in photos – so know that they’re awesome 🙂
Porch Tree Cut-Outs
Let’s get started! You’ll need:
— 1×8 board for each tree (they’re cheap – like $3-4)
–scrap 2x4s, or 1 2×4 that you’ll cut into pieces
–green paint – I used “Soapstone” in Behr Marquee – it’s such an amazing color! I’m weak for green anyways, but it’s just so perfect. (I was sent paint for my project).
First up, cut about 10 inches off of your 1×8 board – this will be used as the very base of your tree. Then with the remaining board, draw out a tree shape. It’s doesn’t have to be perfect – I think the imperfection is part of the charm. The triangle-ish shapes are smaller and closer together towards the top and spread out as you get to the bottom of the tree. I have 2 trees that are 2 different heights – it’s fun to have some variation. At the bottom just come straight down with a rectangle. You can see the basic shape in this photo (and p.s., you get a sneak peek of our new cedar siding! more about that to come) Now, don’t get scared, but you’re going to cut these out with a power tool – you can totally do it. It’s a jigsaw and it’s not too intimidating – you just squeeze the trigger and follow along the lines you just drew. If I can do it, you can too – – Now, the fun part – painting! I painted the back and edges first, then flipped the trees over and painted the front. I just love the transformation and progress that comes with a project when the paint goes on.
To create the base, you screw or nail a scrap of 2×4 onto each side of the tree, then attach those to the flat base plate buy screwing in from the bottom of the base plate up through the 2×4. The wide base ensures that the trees won’t fall over.
So fun, right?! I can’t wait to drag out a bunch of holiday porch decor and really get them staged well. But first, build the house. Then the fun will follow!
This project is part of Behr Holiday Hues – click around to see what the other bloggers created and be wowed by all the festive projects for the colorful holiday season!
10. A Pop of Pretty
Porch Tree Cut-Outs