It’s time to upgrade your Christmas decorations with this PVC pipe Christmas tree! This inexpensive and easy-to-make holiday wall hanging will easily become the center of attention over your fireplace during the holidays. It’s sure to impress even Santa himself.
Just follow our step-by-step tutorial to make your own PVC pipe Christmas tree.
Steps to Your PVC Pipe Christmas Tree
- Large rectangular plywood (Cut to desired size by Home Depot)
- Small, medium and large PVC pipes (Cut to 2-3½-in. long by a Home Depot associate)
- Picture hanging hardware
- Painter’s tape
- Tape measure
- Varathane 3X Premium Wood Stain – Kona
- Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic – Pure Gold
- Rust-Oleum Universal Gloss – Gloss Cardinal Red
- Rust-Oleum Universal Gloss – Gloss Hunter Green
- Assorted Christmas ornaments
- Paint can opener
- Tack cloth
- Latex gloves
- Sanding sponge
- Sandpaper (#120, #150, & #180 grit)
- Respirator mask
- Drop cloth
- High quality synthetic bristle brush
- Wiping cloths (Or Lint-Free Rag)
- Paint mixing sticks
Always work outdoors or in a well-ventilated area and cover your workspace with a drop cloth before starting your project.
Whenever you stain wood, follow the label’s instructions for disposing of used rags and brushes.
Lightly sand your entire piece of plywood with a sanding sponge or sandpaper, starting with #120 grit and progressing through #150 and #180 grits. This will smooth the wood’s surface and ensure that the stain absorbs properly.
Once you’re done sanding, use a tack cloth to remove any remaining dust.
Next, shake or stir your Varathane 3X Premium Wood Stain – Kona thoroughly. Make sure you scrape the bottom and sides of the can to mix any settled pigment.
Dip your high quality synthetic bristle brush (or a lint-free rag) into the stain, and brush a liberal coat onto the surface of the wood. Always brush your stain in the direction of the wood grain. We recommend working in smaller, manageable sections rather than coating the entire board at once.
Let the stain soak into the wood for a few minutes.
Now that the stain has had time to soak in, wipe away the excess with a clean wiping cloth or a lint-free rag—again, working with the wood grain.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until the entire board is stained. Then, set the board aside to dry for one hour.
To prepare your PVC pipes for spray painting, lightly sand the entire surface of each pipe with your sanding sponge. If the sponge is too large to sand the inside of the tubes, use your traditional sandpaper.
If you prefer to get a smooth edge on the pipes, focus extra attention on sanding each pipe’s rim. Make sure to only smooth the rim on one end of each pipe, as the other end will need to be flat to adhere to the board.
To paint the PVC pipes, shake your can of Rust-Oleum Universal Gloss – Gloss Hunter Green spray paint for one minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle.
Then, hold your can 8-12 in. from the pipe, and spray in a steady back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Spray 2-3 moderate coats, and then let the pipe dry for at least 24 hours before handling.
Once your stained board is completely dry, use your pencil to draw a mark at the top center of your board (where the tip of the tree will be) and lower left and right corners of your board (where the side-points of your tree will be).
Allow for a 5-in. border on the bottom of the tree. This will give you space to make the trunk.
Use your three pencil marks as a guide to tape out a triangle pattern for your PVC pipe Christmas tree. This will be the tree’s general shape, and you’ll use it to determine your spacing when you arrange the PVC pipes.
Once they’re dry, arrange your PVC pipes inside the tape’s perimeter, varying size and color.
Dispense and mix a quarter-size amount of the epoxy. If the dispenser doesn’t automatically mix the epoxy, you can use a paint mixing stick.
Working on one PVC pipe at a time, use your paint mixing stick to apply a moderate amount of the epoxy to the flat rim of the pipe.
Then, place the PVC pipe back onto the board in its designated spot.
Repeat this step on each PVC piece until you’ve secured every pipe to the board.
Remove the painter’s tape border, and then set the board aside for 24 hours for the epoxy to cure.
Now that your PVC pipe Christmas tree has cured completely for 24 hours, flip the board over and attach your picture hanging hardware according to the directions on its packaging.
Hang your PVC Christmas tree on the wall. Fill the pipes with Christmas ornaments, pine cones or other small items that mean Christmas to you. Add some tinsel to your mantel as a finishing touch, and then sit back and enjoy showing off your chic style and keen DIY skills to all your holiday guests. Cheers!