With several months still left to the holiday season, now would be a great time to learn about some woodworking projects for Christmas. This way, you’ll be able to make items out of wood which you can proudly gift to your near and dear ones this Christmas.
Why have we picked Christmas woodworking projects when the holiday season is so many months away? Because the holiday season and Christmas provide some great ideas and inspiration for woodworking projects that can be performed at home without any fancy equipment. If you’re ready to get a little crafty this Christmas, then following are some great Christmas woodworking projects. The best thing is that you will have plenty of time to perfect them.
1. Peppermint-Striped Candlesticks
Following is the list of items that you will need for this woodworking project:
- A 4×4 fence post
- A candy-cane paint treatment
- Tea light
You only need these items and a toolbox comprising of a saw, a hammer or a drill, and some nails to build the wood candlestick. Following are the instructions to complete this woodworking project:
- Cut the 4×4 post into the desired sizes
- Use the Candy-Cane paint treatment to strip the 4×4 fence post pieces that you have cut
- Allow the candlesticks to dry
- Drill a hole to allow tea lights to sit on top of the candlesticks
- Your peppermint-stripped candlesticks are ready to be gifted
2. A Tea-Light Candle Holder Center Piece
This is another easy Christmas woodworking project. It will not take you longer than 20 minutes to build a tea-light candle holder centerpiece. Following is the list of items that you will need for this woodworking project:
- A live edge slab that is easy to accommodate on the center of your dining table
- A 1.5″ spade bit
- Tea lights
- Polycrylic protective finish
Once you have the above-mentioned things with you, you can start to build a tea-light candle holder centerpiece in the following way:
- Start by sanding the edges of the live edge slab
- Drill a hole to your tea light’s depth by using the 1.5″ spade bit
- Using a layer of polycrylic, seal the edges
- You’re done
This is how easy it is to build a tea-light candle holder centerpiece to gift this Christmas.
3. Wood Slice Ornaments
Wood slice ornaments is another one of the easy Christmas woodworking projects. Following is the list of items that you will need for this woodworking project:
- Wood log
- Jute twine
- Paint/metallic markers
- Drill machine
Once you’ve gathered these items, you can get down to work. Following are the instructions for building wood slice ornaments:
- Slice the wood log into small pieces in the shape of discs
- Drill a tiny hole in the disc pieces (big enough to insert the jute twine)
- Insert the jute twine into the hole
- Use paint or a metallic marker to decorate the wood slices
- Your wood slice ornaments are ready
4. A Wood Lantern
With the easy woodworking projects for Christmas out of the way, its time we got down to the real business which is building gifts out of wood that will leave your friends and family in a state of awe. Following is the list of items that you will need for this woodworking project:
- Four feet of 1×2 wood. This wood will need to be cut into four 12″ pieces
- 1 wine crate
- A table saw
- Polycrylic protective finish
- A reciprocating saw
- Titebond wood glue
- A paint or stain combination of your liking
- Miter saw or box
- A hammer
- 18 x 3/4-inch nails
- 2″ brad nails
- A nail-gun
Once you have gathered the above items, you can start to work on the wood lantern. Following are the instructions/directions to build it:
- The first step would be to deconstruct the wine crate. Use the reciprocating saw for this purpose. If you don’t have access to a reciprocating saw, then you can use a jigsaw or hand-saw. However, avoid using a coping saw, as it is extremely unstable and there’s a good chance of you breaking the blade.
- The next step would be cutting the wine wood to produce the upper and lower half for your lantern. Make sure the lower half for your lantern is big enough to accommodate your candle and glass votive’s diameter. Ideally, it should be 7″ wide and have a depth of 16″.
- Using the table saw, cut your piece. Start by cutting the outline at 90° and then change to a 45° angle before shaving off the edges once more.
- Take your 1×2 legs and apply a small amount of wood glue to them. Use a nail gun to secure the edges of your top and bottom squares.
- Using nails and wood glue, add between the legs little inside pieces. The size of your big squares and the positioning of your legs should determine your measurements.
- Layout a square that is a tad smaller than your lantern topper’s dimensions. Just like what you did in the case of the top square, cut this square using a table saw at 90° and the change to a 45° angle to continue. Using a small nail and wood glue to secure in place.
- Finally, use a 1×2 scrap piece and cut a 45° miter on both sides. It is recommended that users do this with a miter box, as it will keep your fingers safe. The cut should look somewhat like a pyramid.
- You can either leave your wood raw at this point or apply polycrylic plus stain paint if the lantern is meant for the outdoors.
- Your wood lantern is ready.
Christmas is a great time to show love and affection towards your family and closest friends. One of the best ways to do is by gifting items made with your own bare hands. You can do this by working on the best Christmas woodworking projects listed above.