A Colorful DIY Forest

We’ve almost reached the end of this series. Today marks the second to the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas. It’s hard to believe how quickly the days have gone by. (Hope you’re having as much fun as I am.).

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Anyway, today I’m back with the DIY project I told you about yesterday. You may recall that I was attempting to cut wood and was having some problems. I would love to tell you I rectified the situation, but I can’t. However, I did manage to finish the project without any major accidents with the saw.

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Allow me to present my colorful little forest.

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Totally cute, right? This collection was inspired by a gift I received last week from my Dad’s wife. She gave me a similar tree with a star on top. I loved it so much I decided to create an entire forest.

The tree looks like it would be very simple to create. I thought so, too. I’m going to show you how I created my trees, but leave out photos of the wood cutting part. I hope that’s okay.

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I started with a 2×6″ board. I measured and cut* the board to create eight triangles (a.k.a. trees).

*I attempted to do this with a miter saw. That was probably not the best choice. It was difficult cutting the diagonal lines because I couldn’t hold on to the trees; almost took a board to the face, etc. It would probably be better to clamp the board onto a sturdy table and use either a jigsaw or circular saw to cut out the triangles. Being a bit of a power tool noob, I didn’t figure this out until after I struggled for hours. If I do make these again, I will update this post with more detailed instructions. Alternatively, you could have someone in your life who is skilled with woodworking do this step for you.

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Once your triangles are cut, give them a good sanding.


Next comes the paint. I used acrylic craft paint. I love Martha Stewart’s paint collection so I mostly stuck with her colors in a satin finish. I cut the paint with a little water so that it would be less opaque and allow the wood grain to show through.


Once all of the trees were painted and dry. I added some snow (or lights, depending on how you see it).


Using the back end of a paint brush, I carefully added white dots to all of the trees.

And with that, my colorful DIY forest was complete.

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I think the final look is modern, yet still festive and whimsical. I’m not quite sure where these are going to end up in my house, but for now they are on the shelves in my dining room.

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I thought they went perfectly with this Vintage Village Luminaria set I got from RedEnvelope. The colors of the rooftops match the trees perfectly! I’m obsessed with this little village. Each house has a battery-operated flickering light. They are dead cute.

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As I mentioned before, I’m hoping to wrap up my holiday decorating this week so I’m looking for a permanent home for these colorful cuties. On second thought, they just might stay right here.

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A Colorful DIY Forest | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12day72ideas

Even though I struggled a little bit with these guys, they turned out as I had envisioned! I’m loving the color combination, too.

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I hope my fellow 12 Days bloggers aren’t having any issues with their projects. Check out the fun ideas they are working on today.


Donna from Funky Junk Interiors


Marianne from Songbird


Whitney and Ashley from Shanty2Chic


KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms


Cassity – Remodelaholic

How are you doing with your holiday decorating? Are you finished or are you putting the final touches on your seasonal decor?

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Frohe Weihnachten! (That’s Merry Christmas in German.)

  1. I LOVE them!!! These are modern, yet traditional and a great project for all ages….once you’re finished with the woodcutting part of the job. Wish I would have thought of this creative idea….I am going to steal it!! Awesome job!!

  2. I love these! I lean toward a more modern decorating design so these are perfect for me. I am sitting here imagining these in my home now. My favorite part is how you let the wood grain show through. Great job!!

  3. Absolutely LOVE these! The sheer simplicity of the design and the color potential… bravo! I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

  4. These are lovely! You are seriously one of the most creative bloggers – I am always blown away by your good taste and awesome craft ideas! I love these trees, and I know my mom would adore them… *Christmas present idea!*

  5. These are so freaking ADORABLE that I may have to make some…and I thought that I was FINISHED with the saw for this season….ah well, the guys from the Home Depot lumber department probably wonder why they have pieces of 2×4 left in their bin this week! Simply GORGEOUS! xo

  6. These are too cute-very Whoo down in Whoo ville-ish! Love them!
    How pretty in color, but I bet an all white wash bunch would be fab, too-Thanks for the idea :)

  7. These are so cute! I love that you can still see the wood grain, and the colours are perfect. Exactly the colour scheme I’m going for this year! They would be great on a mantelpiece too.

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  9. Love them all, especially the great colors you’ve chosen! I have 3 wooden trees that I’ve paired with my Old World Santas. Think it’s time for an update. Thanks!

  10. Oh my- I love these sooo much! They would be perfect for the shelf behind my couch. I would love to link to your tutorial if you didn’t mind!

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  13. I just discovered your site through Remodelaholic and the 12 Days of Christmas. I’ve come back here several times since then. You have such fun ideas, and I’m stealing this idea for the trees for next year. I already marked a weekend in October in my calendar for my husband to start cutting these little things. He laughed at me now, but he won’t be October 18. :) So glad I found this site!

    • You’re one smart cookie! It’s always a good idea to plan ahead. I’m so glad you found me and happy to have you following along.

      xo Michael

  14. I just discovered you thru a post on Mark Lipinski’s Fan Page….LOVE the trees!!!! It’s been eons since I’ve played with my paints….this really makes me want to dig out my brushes!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Michael, I just spotted these on Pinterest & followed the link to your site… my first time here. Love the modern trees. Wanted to leave a tip about cutting acute angles on a miter saw: you can easily build an acute-angle jig out of two short pieces of 2×4, and a square of hardboard (Masonite) or particle board as a base, and save your fingers. I used hard board for mine, & drilled a hole in it to hang from a hook on my pegboard. Just search “acute angle jig” for instructions.

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