I am super excited to share today’s woodworking DIY project!!! I knew I just had to do some kind of DIY woodworking project for the holidays, but I wanted to keep it more simple. Well, I kept seeing all kinds of wood Christmas trees everywhere, which I loved, and in my creative overload of project ideas running through my mind for holiday project planning, I came up with a new concept twist: DIY wood Christmas tree mason jar sconce!
What I love about these wood Christmas tree mason jar sconces is that they can be used as a wall sconce or table sconce! Or you could even place something else on them instead of a candle in a jar, such as a little vase with some festive flowers or greenery. So, they are great for rustic, holiday decor or as a budget-friendly, homemade gift idea! It cost me less than $10 to make two of them.
It’s a good thing I liked geometry because figuring out the exact angle cuts and dimensions for these wood Christmas trees took longer than I’d like! Once I figured it out though, it was a breeze to make the second one (I made two)! And I also created my first ever DIY video tutorial with this project, which I’ve shared at the bottom of the post!!
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How to Make a Wood Christmas Tree Mason Jar Sconce
Final size of the DIY Wood Christmas Tree Mason Jar Sconce is about 11″ tall x 10 wide.
1. Cut base of Wood Christmas Tree Mason Jar Sconce
Using a miter saw, cut one end of the 1×4 at a 31.6 degree angle.
Flip the board over and measure 9 3/4″ from the longest point of the angled end and mark with a pencil. Cut a 31.6 degree angle at this mark (make sure the longest point of this angle is at the 9 3/4″ mark).
2. Cut middle piece of the Wood Christmas Tree Mason Jar Sconce
For the next board (middle board), measure 7 3/4″ from the longest point of the angled end of the 1×4 and mark with a pencil. Cut a 31.6 degree angle at this mark (make sure the longest point of this angle is at the 7 3/4″ mark).
3. Cut top piece of the Wood Christmas Tree Mason Jar Sconce
Now to make a perfect point for the wood Christmas tree top, we have to change the angle of our cut to 35 degrees. Cut a 35 degree angle off the 1×4. Flip the board over and cut the other side to make a triangle with a top point. The base of the wood triangle piece will be about 4 3/4″ – 5″ long.
3. Cut the wood sconce holder
Cut a 4.5″ wide piece from the 1×4 using straight 90 degree angles. Now you have all your wood pieces to create your wood Christmas tree sconce!
4. Glue wood Christmas tree together
Measure and mark the center point of the wood pieces on the back of the wood tree pieces. This is so the centers are perfectly aligned when attaching them.
Attach the three wood Christmas tree boards with wood glue. Use a generous amount, but make sure to not put any glue on the tree ends which will be exposed.
After wood glue has been applied, clamp the three wood tree pieces together and allow to dry for an hour. Tip: Right after clamping, flip the tree over and wipe away any excess glue that leaked through the cracks before it dries causing extra sanding work!
5. Attach the base wood sconce holder
Use a clamp and attach the base wood sconce holder with wood glue (on the front side) and brad nails (through the back side). It’s easiest to do this with the wood tree flipped over an edge.
Your DIY Wood Christmas Tree Mason Jar Sconce build is complete! Time for staining and finishing! I used Provincial by Minwax for my stain color. If you need tips on how to stain wood for the best finish results, check out my how to stain wood post here.
Wall Hanging Note: If you are going to hang these from the wall make sure to attach hanging hardware on the back of the bottom tree board which is attached to the base mason jar holder board with glue and nails, it’s the strongest point. Also, I recommend flameless candles like these!
Here is the finished DIY Wood Christmas Tree Mason Jar Sconce all finished and looking great as rustic Christmas decor in our living room!
I ended up putting both of them on the wall, even though they looked really cute on our vintage buffet!
And here is a VIDEO of a tutorial overview on how I built these DIY wood Christmas tree mason jar sconces!!!
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