Shadow Box Forest

I love making decorations for holidays and seasons that can be interchanged, so I came up with this simple Shadow Box Forest for Christmas and Winter. It’s a great project to ease yourself into using power tools.

Shadow Box Forest

Shadow Box Forest

If you follow me at all you know that my style has gotten rather simplistic. I created a forest that was simple with clean lines to add to my already existing Winter and Christmas decor. Follow the directions below if you would like to make your own forest.

Triangle Tree Forest

Here’s what you need to make the forest:

Tray or piece of wood
Triangle trees
Green paint (at least 3 different shades)
White paint (optional)
Sponge brushes
Paint brush (optional)
Wood glue (optional)

Tree Forest

Start by measuring the triangles to make the trees. I made all of mine different sizes, some are tall and skinny and some short and fat. The tallest is 7 1/2″ and the widest is 4 1/2″. Do what will work for your space or what looks good to you. You can use scrap pieces of wood for this project.

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I was so excited to use my new BladeRunner x2 for this project. I would normally use my miter saw but this was so much quicker and easier. If you don’t have a table saw, a miter box and saw will work but it will take longer.

Triangle Tree Forest 12

I attached the shop vac to the saw to catch the saw dust. It worked like magic to keep the dust away from the blade so I could see my lines and it was really easy to attach.

Shadow Box Tree Forest 13

I started with something simple since I’m not really skilled with a saw but this project was so easy that I can’t wait to try more difficult projects. It will be fun to try my hand at making home decor, crafts and gifts.

Triangle Tree Forest 11

Since I have a large collection of trays I used one of them for the shadow box. You can use any tray or simply use a flat piece of wood to hold the trees. If you use a piece of wood you will need to use wood glue to secure them in place. With a tray you can just set them in place or glue them if you like. 

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Cut out 7 trees and arrange them in the tray the way you like. Once I knew where I wanted the trees I numbered them on the back, then lightly sanded them.

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Now it’s time to paint. If you want the wood grain to show through dilute the paint with water using a 1:1 ratio. If you prefer more color don’t dilute the paint.

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Lightly paint each tree with only one coat of paint to see the wood grain. It is more like a colored stain.

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I used paint I already had so that’s how I ended up with these colors. I might make more trees of all different colors for other places in the house. At this point you could add white dots using the bottom of a paint brush to represent snow. I decided not to because I like how simple these are. 

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You could also add some glitter to add a little sparkle if you like. It’s such a simple project but I love the impact of all the trees together.

Shadow Box Tree Forest 3

What do you think? Are you going to try this simple project? 

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Shadow Box Triangle Tree Forest

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  • michaela December 27, 2014, 4:49 pm

    great giveaway! i would make wall shelves.

  • Beth Newitt December 27, 2014, 5:34 pm

    I have about a million projects I could make with this saw! The first one would be an open frame to hang photos that I saw on Pinterest 🙂

  • NaDell December 27, 2014, 6:17 pm

    Probably some kind of shelf to test it out.

  • Rust December 27, 2014, 6:40 pm

    I am really wanting to make an old fashioned heavy-duty picnic table.

  • Melissa R December 27, 2014, 7:35 pm

    You made something so cute look easy to do….makes me think even *I* could do it! I’d love to make some simple, rustic decor for our house.

  • Tabitha December 27, 2014, 8:01 pm

    i’d cut some trim for my kitchen.
    i really need it!

  • Laura l. December 27, 2014, 8:21 pm

    i love how portable it is!

  • Jessica December 27, 2014, 8:24 pm

    I’d like to try making my own frames for artwork.

  • Laura December 27, 2014, 8:30 pm

    i have a pattern for a bench I’d like to make. 🙂

  • JB December 27, 2014, 8:44 pm

    Love the tree idea. The Bladerunner looks incredibly useful!

  • Jane December 27, 2014, 8:52 pm

    I would make some shelves for my son.

  • Stefanie December 27, 2014, 8:56 pm

    This amazing project that you just shared! So cute!!

  • Jeannie Buechele December 27, 2014, 9:23 pm

    I have always wanted the Rockwell BladeRunner and I would love to make some wood stars for my familyroom wall and this would perfect to make them 🙂

  • Mary December 27, 2014, 9:29 pm

    I need some wall display shelves in my office.

  • Lynne Tilley December 27, 2014, 10:49 pm

    I would love to make a necklace hanging rack for my jewelry!

  • christine j December 27, 2014, 11:15 pm

    i would love to make wood letter cut outs for my kids

  • carol chew December 28, 2014, 8:50 am

    wow, I love to make a key holder with it!

  • Susan December 28, 2014, 10:07 am

    I love tools and adding some to my workshop would be awesome. My granddaughter and I love to craft together so this would be of great help to us!

  • Susan December 28, 2014, 10:09 am

    I think the first thing we would make would be a storage closet for all her doll’s clothes. 🙂

  • Renee Richardson December 28, 2014, 10:35 am

    I really want to make a headboard for my daughter made of picture frames. That is a big task but it would be the first thing I create with it. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and Happy New Years 🙂

  • Alda Behm December 28, 2014, 11:45 am

    I have some reclaimed wood from an old farm house. I would like to make some boxes and frames.

  • Crystal Wall December 28, 2014, 11:48 am

    I would love to make birdhouses and a storage unit for my jewelry. Great Giveaway! Fingers Crossed! Happy New Year!

  • theresa J December 28, 2014, 12:33 pm

    I would love to make some wood letters for my sons room

  • Andrea D. December 28, 2014, 2:14 pm

    I would make some frames for some photo canvases. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!

  • Aimee December 28, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Since we just moved into a fixer-upper house in June, there are only about a gazillion things I’d do with it! And, of course, I’d make some things for organizing to share with blog readers. I’d like to make an organizer for my makeup (especially all those Bare Minerals jars!)

  • Caryn December 28, 2014, 2:50 pm

    I love your shadow box so much I’d probably start with one of my own.

  • Carolyn T. December 28, 2014, 3:21 pm

    This looks so great! I would make the “shadow box forest” for my first challenge. Then, hopefully I will be off and running.

  • Syreeta Welch December 28, 2014, 3:23 pm

    I would love to create a unique idea for office supplies.

  • Gail F December 28, 2014, 3:26 pm

    I need to use electric hand tools and stop relyingon DH so much

  • Mantha December 28, 2014, 3:36 pm

    This is so cool. I would use it to create bases for my wood burning projects.

  • Laura December 28, 2014, 3:45 pm

    we just bought an old house. I would use it to make so many things!!! I think I would start with some frames to stretch fabric on.

  • Rene Maria Creamer December 28, 2014, 3:46 pm

    I like your idea for the shadow box. I would create something similar with a moon and star theme.

  • Stephanie December 28, 2014, 3:46 pm

    I’d love to make some heart shaped cut outs as part of my Valentine’s day decorations. They’d be so cute to paint.

  • Pam December 28, 2014, 4:30 pm

    Id make the adorable tree project, and then try some shelving for a bedroom

  • Carrie Monnier-Cummings December 28, 2014, 5:12 pm

    I’m a new DIY’er and any of these would be great to start off with.

  • RG December 28, 2014, 5:53 pm

    What great project…

  • Doug M. December 28, 2014, 5:53 pm

    I would haul this bad boy to help built props for my daughter play. I could probably haul one less bag of tools with me. The versatility and the size of the Rockwell is amazing.

  • Patti December 28, 2014, 6:10 pm

    I’d love to make these little trees at some point but first I’d like to make a thread rack for my sewing room!

  • livivua December 28, 2014, 6:20 pm

    something for easter

  • Darla Bunyan December 28, 2014, 7:04 pm

    My kids have made me all sorts of art work on canvas this holiday break, I woyuld LOVE to frame them up!!!!! PLEASE PICK ME!!!!! I NEED to win this super bad!

  • Emily December 28, 2014, 7:05 pm

    I would attempt some simple second shelves to utilize the vertical space in my closet.

  • Marlene December 28, 2014, 7:23 pm

    I want to make art frames and shelves for my craft room

  • Cindy B December 28, 2014, 8:17 pm

    I want to frame some book shelves to make them look built-in

  • Steph @ Crafting in the Rain December 28, 2014, 8:59 pm

    I want to make some frames for the Maui pictures I want to give to my husband for his office.

  • Rebecca B December 28, 2014, 9:39 pm

    I would make shelves for the kids’ rooms, especially now that they have little things from Christmas that need to be up off the floor.

  • Christine J December 28, 2014, 10:13 pm

    I would make display shelves for my boys Lego creations.

  • Anjanette December 28, 2014, 10:25 pm

    I would copy your winter trees shadow box.

  • Camille December 28, 2014, 11:34 pm

    Don’t laugh but I need to put a cat door in my laundry room so my dog will stop eating our laundry!!

  • heather December 29, 2014, 2:47 am

    I’ll make a wood rack for my dad and a target for my nephew!

  • Vunda V December 29, 2014, 8:11 am

    i would make some craft storage bins for my cube system i have!

  • Dezi A December 29, 2014, 8:22 am

    Well I adore that shadow box you made and I also need to make some shelves for my sons’ closet.

  • CONNIE December 29, 2014, 8:34 am

    Fist thing I’d make would be a headboard for my daughter.

  • Marianne December 29, 2014, 8:47 am

    It cuts tile! A backsplash is definitely the first thing I’d do.

  • Amy Chappell December 29, 2014, 9:09 am

    I would make holiday decorations. 🙂

  • Claudine Brinkerhoff December 29, 2014, 9:37 am

    I would love to make a wood project for every holiday. Awesome giveaway!

  • Rachel December 29, 2014, 10:41 am

    I would make something fun for the kid’s room! This would be so cool. 🙂

  • Paula@SweetPea December 29, 2014, 10:59 am

    I would probably make a decor item for Valentine’s Day.

  • Vanessa December 29, 2014, 11:38 am

    Some sort of artwork for Valentine’s Day!

  • Carmen N December 29, 2014, 11:50 am

    Some cute shelves for my craft room.

  • vanessa December 29, 2014, 1:02 pm

    I would make so many projects especially for Valentine’s Day. I have so many ideas. LOL

  • Natalie @ A Turtle's LIfe for Me December 29, 2014, 2:49 pm

    I actually think I would make the same trees that you did! I love the way they look!

  • Amy Anderson December 29, 2014, 4:10 pm

    My boyfriend wants to make a lamp!

  • jessica w December 29, 2014, 8:17 pm

    when we close on our house, we want to add in a custom book shelf

  • Melanie December 29, 2014, 8:53 pm

    I would make some mantel decor!

  • Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline December 29, 2014, 9:01 pm

    A wooden box similar to an old soda pop box.

  • Susan B December 29, 2014, 10:01 pm

    I would definitely make those trees…LOVE trees!

  • Samantha December 30, 2014, 2:34 am

    I would make an old fashioned wagon for my daughter, she has been asking for one for a long time.

  • Vera K December 30, 2014, 5:05 am

    I would make some frames for stained glass panels.

  • Brenna @ Life After Laundry December 30, 2014, 8:18 am

    I have a TON of projects I would use it before. But, I really love what you made. I would probably start there.

  • Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom December 30, 2014, 8:59 am

    Looking to create some boxes, shelf, and hooks for organizing!

  • Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom December 30, 2014, 9:03 am

    Not sure if my previous comment went through. Here it is: Looking to create some boxes, shelf, and hooks for organizing!

  • Stacy Risenmay December 30, 2014, 11:13 am

    Your trees are so cute! I love that idea!

  • Carla Hundley December 30, 2014, 11:53 am

    How fun it would be to
    win! I’d give it to my
    husband and he would
    probably make me
    some type of wall
    decor for my craft
    Carla from Utah

  • Cheryl@That's What Che Said December 30, 2014, 12:19 pm

    I’d make some hexagon wall decor for Spangenbaby’s nursery!

  • Deborah Gardner December 30, 2014, 1:48 pm

    First I’d make myself a pantry cabinet!

  • Ashley @ Simply Designing December 30, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Oh I LOVE my BladeRunner!!! It is the best! Your project turned out so super cute! I love it!

  • Mary Beth Elderton December 30, 2014, 6:06 pm

    I would make window trim! Not as cute as your project, but great for the windows in our remodel project.

  • Patricia C December 30, 2014, 6:56 pm

    I would make some shelves

  • Graham December 30, 2014, 7:18 pm

    I’d teach my mom how to use it so she could build some of the things she keeps pinning on Pinterest.

  • Steve S December 31, 2014, 2:40 am

    Most likely a squirrel feeder.

  • Erlene December 31, 2014, 2:46 am

    I would make a Valentine’s Day front door display.

  • debbie December 31, 2014, 3:47 am

    Wow. I would make a bench. I have the design saved and I could really make it if I won. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • DEBRA GIFFORD December 31, 2014, 3:53 am

    This would be for my son and I believe he would make his wife a nice country shelf she has been wanting!

  • Nancy Lynn Hilderbrand December 31, 2014, 5:46 am

    My husband has retired and would love to start a hobby with the Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Table Saw

  • Gina O December 31, 2014, 6:28 am

    This looks like the perfect tool for making custom bookcases for my collection. The Blade Runner looks to be simple to set up and use… perfect!

  • Brian Kautz December 31, 2014, 7:39 am

    Make shelves for the garage

  • Sarah December 31, 2014, 7:46 am

    I would make a dulcimer.

  • Tiffany Hartwell December 31, 2014, 8:32 am

    I would give this to my dad. I’m sure he has tons of stuff he’d like to make.

  • Carly D. December 31, 2014, 8:36 am

    I would build a shelf for my room!

  • Lynn December 31, 2014, 8:37 am

    I would make new shelves for my sewing/craft room.

  • Dawn Monroe December 31, 2014, 9:13 am

    Id like to try to make my grandson a small toy box and I need to make a large picture frame.

  • Keri J December 31, 2014, 10:26 am

    My husband and I are planning to attempt a coffee table together for our new apartment. I’d imagine the proper tools would be a big help 😀

  • Dawn Jones December 31, 2014, 10:46 am

    I am hoping my husband will make me a cabinet for my sewing threads. Have a Happy New a Year!

  • Julie Harris December 31, 2014, 10:51 am

    I would like to make a shoe rack for my closet.

  • Darlene Carbajal December 31, 2014, 10:57 am

    I would probably make a shelf.

  • David December 31, 2014, 11:18 am

    We will be replacing our kitchen floor in the spring, so this would be perfect for cutting the edge and corner pieces.

  • Kim Kihega December 31, 2014, 12:14 pm

    I would like to make some new shelves for my laundry room.

  • Daniel G. December 31, 2014, 12:15 pm

    A dog house would be good to build

  • Jackie Thompson December 31, 2014, 12:45 pm

    The tree project you made is awesome! I would probably make that! We also need to do some trim work in my house, so it would get a lot if use.

  • melissa m December 31, 2014, 2:14 pm

    a toy box and shelves!

  • Michelle Tucker December 31, 2014, 2:27 pm

    We’ve been thinking about making a cat tree for our kitty, so I think we’d give it a go if we won this.

  • Douglas Houston December 31, 2014, 2:59 pm

    I need to reframe some light fixtures.

  • anthony ciofani December 31, 2014, 3:04 pm

    I would make a new table

  • Megan C. December 31, 2014, 3:44 pm

    I think I would start with something simple like a picture frame.

  • staci wells mefford December 31, 2014, 4:12 pm

    a shadow box for my sons awards thank you for your generosity

  • latanya December 31, 2014, 4:23 pm

    I would make some shelves

  • Amy T December 31, 2014, 5:00 pm

    I would make some Valentine’s Day decor!

  • Natalie December 31, 2014, 5:07 pm

    I would make some kitchen cabinets for my parents.

  • Sonja mclane December 31, 2014, 6:08 pm

    This would be my very first own saw:-). I would use it to make shelves for my little quilting room!!!!!

  • laurie murley December 31, 2014, 7:55 pm

    i need some shelves in my closet and this would hellp me make them

  • Connie December 31, 2014, 9:02 pm

    I think I’d make a wooden wreath for our entrance door.

  • Trish F December 31, 2014, 9:23 pm

    I have some old painted red windows I would love to make end tables out of. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Hannah August 10, 2017, 10:38 pm

    Looks like you got great use of the bladerunner. I can imagine 841 things I could do with it. So fun!

  • Marie December 31, 2017, 6:25 pm

    Great job Leanne!! You make it look sooooooo easy!!!

  • Portella December 29, 2018, 3:38 am

    I’m totally in love with this tree project of yours. So adorable! I wish I have stumbled upon this post earlier and and got the box myself.

  • Shreya @ The Creatives Hour November 28, 2021, 11:53 pm

    Wow! It looks so beautiful & pretty. Loved it! Thanks for the tutorial;)

  • Cynthia Bustin December 10, 2021, 5:35 am

    I am just getting into wood projects looks pretty good. Love the tree forest. Going to have to try it.

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