How to Make a Christmas Countdown Tree
Here is a fun craft project you can create for your family or as a gift. Kids love to Countdown the days until Christmas and they will love watching as the BIG day gets closer as they move the Santa’s Hat.
Many years ago I started a tradition with my in laws where we all have to craft each other a gift for Christmas. I love nothing more than homemade gifts – they have so much more meaning than anything store bought. Every year when I unpack my Holiday decorations I have such a big smile when I pull out all the great crafts that were created over the years.
This past weekend was my Family Christmas and I crafted everyone one of these Countdown to Christmas Trees. I decided I would document in photos the process of creating them so I can share it with all of you. These were not that hard to create and I think they turned out really adorable.
There are so many ways you make these and you can change it up any way you like – hopefully I will give you some inspiration as you see how I made mine. I went with the country feel since I live in the country and that is pretty much all of our decor.
Here is what I used to create my Countdown to Christmas Trees:
- Wood – Furring Strips
- Wood for a Base
- Hot Glue
- Rusty Bells
- Rusty Stars
- Green, Red, Brown and Off White Paint
- Paint Brushes and Foam Brushes
- Sand Paper
- Felt – Red, Ivory, Ivory Pom Pom and some Glitter for Santa Hat
My original plan was to find 25 miniature ornaments that would be placed in a gift box that would be attached to the base so that one can be hung on the tree for each day, BUT I could not find any miniature ornaments I liked. So I 86’d that idea last minute and crafted up some Felt Santa Hats using left over felt I had on hand.
Now let me show you the assembly….
I started by having my hubby cut all the wood to my measurements (my hubby Rocks – just sayin’). He also attached the back piece (tree trunk) to the base and added a spare block of wood for support as show in the picture. He used Hot Glue to attach it all and it was very sturdy – make sure to use a Hot Temp Glue !! I also had my hubby taper the top of the Tree a bit so that when I put the Star on it would look better.
Then I took over… First I marked with a pencil where all my pieces would go before gluing them on. I used the cut wood as my guide and the spaces in between were the same width. Then using my Hot Glue gun I attached them all.
So far so EASY right?
Then I painted my Christmas Trees Green, The Trunk I did Brown and I did the bases a Barn Red with a Green Checker Pattern. Once that all dried I took some sand paper and sanded to give it a country look making sure to age the corners etc..
Then I Hot glued on my Star to the top of the tree and then added all 25 of my Rusty Bells.
Then on went my Santa Hat and the Countdown begun !! Is that cute or what?
Of course I did not make myself one, but that always happens. I already have a countdown to Christmas Calendar my kids have used since they were little and I wanted to keep tradition.
Everyone was very happy with their gift and none of them had a Countdown Calendar yet so I know they will be used and loved for years to come.
So what do you think – will you attempt to make one?
Happy Holidays !!!!