Reclaimed wood plank Christmas presents on a porch

How To Build Outdoor Reclaimed Wood Plank Presents

Give your porch some festive flair with these elegant and easy-to-make wood plank Christmas presents. A few planks and screws, and a coat of paint: that’s all there is to it! The perfect family activity.

Difficulty level : 
Duration : 
1 hour

1
Measure the Planks

  • 1.1For each present, trace a line at the height of your choice on three or four planks.
Person measuring a piece of wood
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Pro Tip

We recommend the following heights for a balanced and well-thought-out look.

  • First present: 48”
  • Second present: 32”
  • Third present: 24”

2
Cut the Planks

  • 2.1For each present, cut the three or four planks to the same height.
Person cutting wood with a mitre saw

3
Assemble the Present

  • 3.1Cut wood scraps or slats to use as vertical pieces to hold everything together; depending on the height of the present, you will need two or three scraps. Make sure the length of each piece is 2” shorter than the width of the present.
  • 3.2Pre-drill the pieces, then screw them behind the planks (along the width) to join the planks together and solidify the present.
Person using an electric screwdriver
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Pro Tip

To prevent splitting, pre-drill the pieces before screwing them in.

4
Paint the Presents

  • 4.1Using a roller, apply white exterior stain to the presents. You can also use a paintbrush or rag to do this.
Person applying white paint to wood planks

5
Decorate Your Project

  • 5.1Decorate the presents with accessories (ribbon, glitter, branches, string lights). Secure it using a hot glue gun, if required.
Person tying a gold ribbon
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Pro Tip

Take your project to the next level by adding LED lights to bring your presents to life at night!

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