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Wood Christmas Centerpiece for a Modern Holiday

Make a stylish, modern wood Christmas centerpiece for your holiday decor! This DIY is simple to do with no power tools involved. Looks great on a dinner table or mantel.

Skills Required: Beginner to Advanced Beginner. You will be using a box cutter to trim your MDF to size and Mod Podge to decorate with.

DIY wood Christmas centerpiece

As the holiday season rolls around, the quest for the perfect Christmas decor becomes a creative journey for many. In the spirit of crafting and festive decoration, I’m excited to bring you a tutorial that combines the warmth of traditional holiday themes with a modern twist.

Today, we’re going to embark on a DIY adventure to create a wood Christmas centerpiece that promises to be the talking point of your holiday decor.

The best part? It’s a project that’s as friendly to beginners as it is to intermediate crafters, proving that elegance and simplicity can indeed go hand in hand.

This isn’t just any decoration; it’s a modern take on Christmas trees, crafted from MDF and brought to life with the magic of Mod Podge.

DIY wood Christmas centerpieces

And for those of you who might feel a tad intimidated by power tools or simply don’t have them at your disposal, I’ve got your back. This project is designed with you in mind, requiring only a box cutter and your enthusiasm for DIY projects.

What really sets this Christmas craft apart is the opportunity for personalization. Whether you choose vibrant cardstock to make your trees pop or prefer a more subtle elegant or neutral paper, the choice is yours.

And if you want to add a whimsical touch, why not consider adding pom-pom trim to the edges of your trees? You’ll see how both options look in this post.

So grab your supplies and let’s create a wood Christmas centerpiece that will not only add a unique charm to your holiday decor, but also be a fun activity for the season.

DIY wooden Christmas centerpiece

Whether you’re crafting alone or making it a family activity, this modern interpretation of Christmas trees is sure to spread joy and festivity throughout your home. Let’s get started and make this holiday season one to remember, with a centerpiece that’s truly one of a kind!

Here’s what you’re going to need.

Gather These Supplies

  • 1/8” MDF board
  • Paper tree template – optional, or paper to make your own
  • Christmas cardstock
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Jenga blocks – Dollar Tree, or other small wood blocks
  • Acrylic paint – brown
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Cutting mat
  • Steel rule
  • Box cutter
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil

Tips and Thoughts for This Project

You will have to make more than 10 passes to fully cut through the MDF board, but it’s great if you don’t want to use or do not have power tools. If you are comfortable using power tools, you can use a jigsaw or circular saw to cut it to size.

With a square MDF shape, I was able to cut two trees – one bigger and one smaller.

Stain or paint the base, or skip this step altogether if you want an unfinished wood base. It’s easy to turn brown paint into a stain. Just add a little bit to a container and add water; stir and test until you reach the desired level of saturation.

christmas wood centerpieces

I love how this was really easy to make, and didn’t need any power tools. Which one do you like, the one with or the one without the pom poms?

PS- we did some Christmas trees with napkins . . . you have to see those too! Get the how to card for this project below:

Yield: 2 trees

Wood Christmas Centerpiece

DIY wood Christmas centerpiece

Create a chic and contemporary wooden Christmas centerpiece to elevate your holiday decorations!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Dry Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 1/8” MDF board
  • Paper tree template or paper to make your own
  • Christmas cardstock
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Jenga blocks - Dollar Tree, or other small wood blocks
  • Acrylic paint - brown


  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Cutting mat
  • Steel rule
  • Box cutter
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil


  1. Create a template that you will use to cut your MDF. I folded white paper in half lengthwise and cut a triangle shape with my box cutter. You can also use the provided template.Cut Paper Template
  2. Unfold the paper template and then trace it on the MDF board with a pencil.Trace Template onto MDF Board
  3. Cut your MDF board. Using a box cutter (with a sharp blade) and a steel rule, cut your MDF piece.Cut MDF Board with Box Cutter and Steel Rule
  4. Use the cut MDF tree as a template for the cardstock of your choice.Trace MDF onto the back of Cardstock
  5. Cut the cardstock to size. Make sure to cut two pieces - one for the front and backside of the MDF tree shape.Cut Cardstock to Size
  6. Use Mod Podge to decoupage the cardstock onto the MDF shape. Apply the Mod Podge onto the cardstock (not the MDF, as it would just absorb the Mod Podge very quickly) before centering and adhering it onto the MDF shape. Repeat with the other side and leave it to dry.Decoupage Cardstock onto MDF Board
  7. Apply a few coats of Mod Podge to protect the cardstock from wear. Let that dry and repeat the process on the other side.Cover with couple of layers of Mod Podge
  8. Use wood blocks for the base of your tree to stand. I used tower block pieces from the dollar store - glue two together using hot glue to create a long piece. I made four pieces, two for each tree.Glue Wood Blocks
  9. Use watered down brown paint and brush it onto the wood base pieces to achieve a stained look. Coat with Mod Podge to seal the wood and give it a more finished look.Stain Wood Blocks
  10. Mark the center of the base of your tree, and use hot glue to attach the wood base - one on each side, centered - to your tree. Make sure they are aligned on the bottom so it stands without wobbling.Glue Wood Blocks to Tree
  11. Glue pom pom trim or small white pom poms onto the edge of the tree for a cute and fun feel.Attach Pompom to Tree

Did You Make This Project?

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Did you enjoy this cute holiday centerpiece idea? Let me know in the comments! I’d love for you to check out these other projects as well:

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

Friday 16th of December 2011

I love how cute and simple it is.

Ruby Jean

Wednesday 30th of November 2011

It's Me Again.. :) I thought being your newest follower and all... You might want to see a project I did using The Dimensional Podge... Here's the Link just in case you would like to take a peek.... :)

Ruby Jean

Wednesday 30th of November 2011

JUST came across your blog VIA the Polka Dot Closet... As I can see I am a Little late to the Party.. :) Just became your newest follower...

Lori m

Tuesday 29th of November 2011

Oh my this is perfect for my open shelves, love it!

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