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Four completed balsa wood Christmas tree figurines on a wooden table surrounded by Christmas presents


Small and simple D.I.Y. Christmas crafts can add warmth and atmosphere to the home this holiday season. Try these Scandinavian-inspired mini balsa wood trees, perfect for placing on shelves or the Christmas table, to add a touch of cheer. 


1Cut the balsa wood into triangles

Mark out two equal-sized triangles of desired height and 100mm width on balsa wood. Carefully cut out the triangles on the cutting mat, using a craft knife.

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: Use a brand-new knife blade for best results. 

2Paint the triangles in your chosen pattern and allow to dry

To create neat stripes, apply strips of painter’s tape, paint, allow to dry and then remove tape.

3Cut the join slots

On both triangles, draw a vertical line from the tip of the triangle down the centre to the base, and mark the halfway point on each line. On one triangle, carefully cut a 1mm wide vertical line from the top to the halfway point. On the other triangle, cut a 1mm wide vertical line from the base up to the halfway point.

4Join the triangles

To finish, cross the triangles and gently slot them together.

5Take a walk down memory lane...

By way of a magnetic Christmas card tree! Take a quick look at how we made it.

Photo Credit: James Moffatt

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.