Take an unfinished wood tree and turn it into this light up snowy wood Christmas tree! It makes a beautiful holiday decoration and is a great gift idea!
December really snuck up on me this year! After Thanksgiving, my daughter’s 1st birthday party and a nasty virus, I feel like I’m really behind on the holiday decor game! I’ve been pulling out some of our Christmas decorations little by little over the last couple of days, but my favorite piece so far is this lighted snowy wood Christmas tree I painted!
This light up faux snow wood tree is such an easy and fun project and makes a gorgeous statement in an entryway, or even on a porch if sealed properly for outdoors.
Here’s how you can make a wintery snow-capped wood tree for yourself (or for a gift!):
Light-up Snowy Wood Christmas Tree
- Americana Acrylics paints in Kelly Green, Lamp (Ebony) Black and Snow (Titanium) White
- Unfinished wood tree
- Paint brush
- Palette knife
- Sand paper
The unfinished wood tree I bought had pre-drilled holes for lights but if yours doesn’t simply drill holes throughout the tree with a drill bit large enough that you can insert lights into the holes (but small enough to keep them in place).
Lightly sand the surface, base and sides of the unfinished wood tree and wipe off dust.
With a dense paint brush, apply 2 coats of Americana Acrylics in Kelly Green to the surface and sides of the unfinished wood tree and 2 coats of Americana Acrylics in Snow (Titanium) White to the base, allowing to dry fully between coats.
Add a dab of Americana Acrylics in Lamp (Ebony) Black to a healthy dollop of Kelly Green and mix well. Use the mixture to create dimension by adding some shadows to the wood tree where branches would be. Allow to dry.
Now it’s time for the faux snow. Snow-Tex is such a fun product! I hadn’t ever played with it before and now I want to spread it on everything! Create snow mounds at the base of the unfinished snowy wood Christmas tree as well as on the tops of the branches by scooping Snow-Tex with a palette knife and spreading it onto the wood tree. Just keep adding the Snow-Tex until your Christmas tree is snowy enough for your liking.
With a fan paint brush, apply a light coating of the Snow-Tex across the entire surface of the tree and wipe some away with your finger or a damp paper towel to reveal the green underneath and to add more dimension and shadows. Use a palette knife to add Snow-Tex to build snow and create the appearance of branches through the highlights from the snow.
Insert lights through the holes on the wood Christmas tree, plug in and enjoy!
I’m loving this beautiful snowy evergreen on our entryway table. It has a cozy, lodge-y feel and the warm glow from the lights is beautiful!