How to Make a Christmas Tree Sign

December 5, 2017

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This week I’m kicking off the Christmas season with this Christmas Tree Sign. All you’ll need for this project is a piece of 1/4″ thick plywood, scrap wood for the frame (I used some walnut scraps), Frisket film (to make the stencil) and spray paint (white, black, green and red). I started off by cutting my plywood down to a 16″x16″ piece and then I ripped 4 pieces of walnut to 3/4″x1″ strips. On the 1″ face of the walnut, I cut a 1/4″ groove in all four pieces which allows the plywood to slide into place. From here, I cut the walnut strips to fit around the sheet of 16″x16″ plywood. When it comes to making the template, you can cut it out by hand on Frisket film or if you have access to a vinyl cutter, you can upload the template and have it cut it our for you. I took an unusual approach and had my CNC machine carve out some clear plastic in order to make my template. Once you have your template made, you’ll be ready to paint the sign. Using white spray paint, I painted a base coat onto the plywood. Once that was dry, I took my template and painted all of the colors on one at a time. After the paint had dried, I removed the template and assembled the walnut frame around the outside. I finished the walnut with a few coats of Danish oil and my sign was all done!

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