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Christmas Tree Wood Lantern – 2 Hour Project

Find out how to build a Christmas Tree Wood Lantern with this step by step tutorial. It takes about 2 hours to build.

Learn how to build this Christmas tree wood lantern under 2 hours. This DIY wooden Christmas lantern can be used as an indoor and outdoor Christmas decoration.

This DIY Christmas tree wood lantern is the perfect indoor and outdoor Christmas decoration!

Wood Christmas lantern.

Deck the Home with 2 Hour Holiday Decor

It’s that time again! Deck the Home Challenge time!

I’m really loving that the challenge involves new Christmas projects every week. I love any excuse to work on Christmas projects!

In case you missed it, last week’s challenge was door decor.

It was the perfect excuse to add another Christmas countdown to my collection! Woot woot! I made a Fabric Advent Calendar with pockets!!

This week’s challenge: 2 Hour Holiday Decor

What a great theme it is!

I find that both November and December just fly by with all the gathering, parties, shopping, etc..

Most of my weekends leading up to Christmas are already booked. But I do have blocks of 2 hours here and there to do some Christmas DIY projects. hehe

I’m ready to tackle my Christmas project in 2 hours!

At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a collection of 2 hour Holiday decor that will help inspire you to DIY this Holiday season.

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Learn how to build this Christmas tree wood lantern under 2 hours. This DIY wooden Christmas lantern can be used as an indoor and outdoor Christmas decoration.

Christmas Tree Wood Lantern


  • Wood
  • Christmas Tree template or paper and pencil to draw your own
  • Transfer paper
  • Pencil
  • Washi tape
  • Carpenter’s glue
  • Christmas lights or battery operated candle


Cut List:

  • 2 wood pieces 10″ x 27″ long
  • 2 wood pieces 6.5″ x  27″ long
  • 2x 9.5″ x 11″ long
  • Interior of lid 2x 6.5″ and 2x 6.25″
  • Handle 2 pieces 5.5″ x 7″ and 2.5″ x 4″


Step 1: Cut wood pieces based on the cut list using a miter saw.

Use miter saw to cut wood pieces to make wood lantern.
Wood pieces required to make wood lantern.

Step 2: Print Christmas Tree Template.

Christmas Tree Template part 1, Christmas Tree Template part 2, Christmas Tree Template part 3

Christmas tree printable template.

Step 3: Align the 3 pages together and tape them together with washi tape.

Assemble Christmas tree template with tape.

Step 4: Place transfer paper over one of the 10″ x 27″ pieces and trace the Christmas Tree on it with a pencil.

How to transfer design onto a piece of wood with graphite paper.
Tree traced on wood.

Step 5: Time to cut out the tree. To cut out the tree, drill holes with ⅜ bit close to each corner.

Drill holes before using jigsaw.
Tree with pre-drilled holes.
Tree with drilled holes.

Step 6: Insert jigsaw equipped with a scroll cut blade inside the holes and cut. Repeat until the entire tree is cut out.

Use jigsaw to cut Christmas tree.
Use a jigsaw to cut tree.
Drill holes to make it easier to use jigsaw to cut out the tree.
Cut out tree with jigsaw.
Cut out shape with jigsaw.
Wood tree cut out.
Close up of Christmas tree cut out.

Step 7: Sand rough edges to make everything smooth.

Sand rough spots with orbital sander.

Step 8: Assemble the four sides together with glue and nails. Goodness, do I love the nail gun, sure makes projects come together fast.

Glue piece together.
Put front on the sides.
Attach pieces together with nail gun.
Put glue on the edge of the side.
Place front over glue side.
Press pieces together.
Use nail gun to attach the front of the box.
Add glue to the sides to attach the back.
Place back piece over glue.
Use nail gun to attach the back.
Back of wood box.

Step 9: Put glue at the bottom of the sides. Place the bottom (9.5″ x 11″ piece) centered over the glue and use a nail gun to secure into place.

Glue on the bottom of the sides.
Place bottom over glue.
Measure contour for placement.
Attach bottom with glue gun.
Bottom of box attached to the sides.

Step 10: Flip the Christmas tree wood box onto its bottom and place the remaining 9.5″ x 11″ piece on the top. Use a pencil to trace the interior contour of the top. This is to determine where to fasten the interior pieces that keep the lid in place.

Trace inside of the lid.
Interior contour with pencil.

Step 11: Attach the small pieces of wood inside the pencil contour with glue and nails.

Please note: Instead of using small pieces, a big piece measuring 6.5″ x 7.75″ (inside opening measurement of the box) could have been used. It would probably be faster that way if you do not have scrap wood like we had on hand.. hehe We will do that next time we make one.

Wood pieces for inside the lid.
Put glue on pieces of wood.
Positing the small pieces of wood within the pencil marks.
Fasten with nail gun.
Inside of the lid.
Wood box lid.

Step 12: Position the 5.5″ x 7″ piece centered on top of the lid. Use a pencil to mark the corners. Remove the piece and put glue underneath. Place the piece within the pencil markings. Fasten it into place with nails.

Measure wood placement.
Mark corners with pencil.
Lid with pencil markings.
Put glue behind piece.
Place piece over lid.
Fasten with nail gun.

Step 13: Repeat Step 12 with the 2.5″ x 4″ piece.

Attach last piece to the lid.
Top of wooden box lid.

Step 14: Place lid on the wood box and enjoy!

DIY wood box lid.

DIY Christmas Tree Wood Lantern

Learn how to build this Christmas tree wood lantern under 2 hours. This DIY wooden Christmas lantern can be used as an indoor and outdoor Christmas decoration.

Isn’t the Christmas lantern pretty? I love it beyond words!

It’s about 30.5″ tall. I love that it’s bulky and tall.

How to add lighting to a wood lantern

In order to transform the Christmas tree box into a lantern, you must add lighting.

We tried two different types of lighting.

We use a battery operated candle.

Christmas tree wood box with battery operated candle.

It gives a beautiful glow!

We also tried string lights which is really nice because you do not see them.

Christmas tree light box with string lights.

We taped the string lights around the inside of the box. I used colored washi tape so that you could see where I taped it.

I used tape instead of hooks because the string lights kept bending.

Lights attached inside a box.
DIY Christmas tree wood lantern with string lights inside.

To use the Christmas Tree Wood Lanterns outside, a hole can be drilled in the back to add exterior lights inside it. Hooks can be added to string the lights around the inside. You can also apply outdoor sealer to keep the wood from aging because of the weather.

2 Hour Christmas Decorations

Christmas Tree Light Box

How to build a Christmas tree wood lantern.
Learn how to build this Christmas tree wood lantern under 2 hours. This DIY wooden Christmas lantern can be used as an indoor and outdoor Christmas decoration.
Learn how to build this Christmas tree wood lantern under 2 hours. This DIY wooden Christmas lantern can be used as an indoor and outdoor Christmas decoration.
Christmas wood lantern with a tree in the middle.

Does the shape of the Christmas tree remind you of something?

It’s the same shape as my Wooden Christmas Trees with Lights from a few a years ago. One of my favorite Christmas projects.

What do you think of my 2 hour Christmas project? Do you love it as much as I do? I hope so!

Please note that if you are new to using tools, this project might take you more than two hours to build. But I’m certain you’ll have fun building it!

I hope I have inspired you to DIY your own Christmas decoration this Holiday season.

Have a great one my friends!



Monday 2nd of December 2019

I love this lantern! I have to have one on my porch. Pinned. Merry Christmas, Kippi

Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life

Monday 2nd of December 2019

What a wonderful gift to give! Thank you for the in-depth even I can make it :)


Friday 29th of November 2019

My son loves working with wood, I'm going to be showing this to him! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at the Creative Muster, Christine. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinned! Robin ?

Anita holland

Thursday 28th of November 2019

What a great and creative idea. It looks really effective.


Sunday 24th of November 2019

This is lovely, what a great thing to be able to make yourself.

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