This Christmas Tree shelf turned out so beautiful! It’s one of my favorite Christmas decorations!
Last week I announced that I had partnered with The Home Depot on their DIY Workshop for a DIY Christmas Tree shelf, and today I get to show the finished product! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve been able to see a few little sneak peaks here or there. Here is the finished product!
And, as a reminder, Here is the Home Depot’s version…
I wanted to stay pretty similar to the project the Home Depot did, because it’s the project they are offering to teach in their DIY Workshop. But I also knew I wanted to add some backing for stability and an extra shelf. So while I was searching on Pinterest, I found these cool Christmas Tree shelf plans from Ana White and Jaime Costiglio. And you guys, I am obsessed with how it turned out! It looks amazing in my house!
It is the perfect place for little nick-knacks and special things. We also hang our stockings on here, and you guys, it looks SO pretty!
Like I said, this project is part of The Home Depot’s DIY Workshops. The Home Depot offers three types of Workshops: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids. My kiddos beg to go to the kids workshops, and we LOVE them! This is kind of the same thing as the kids workshops, but for adults!
Every Home Depot store around the country teaches this same class on the same day. You have to register to participate, because space is limited. You can find out more info, including the date and time, as well as register for the workshop here. Please note that it doesn’t cost anything to attend the workshop in your local store. But if you wish to build your own Christmas Tree shelf, you are responsible for purchasing your own supplies.
How to make your own Christmas Tree Shelf
Ok, so let’s get serious about how you can make your own cute Christmas Tree shelf. Of course I got all of my supplies from The Home Depot. Did you know that you can order all of your supplies online and select “free store pickup” when you checkout. Then, when you go into the store, your order will be pulled and all ready for you. You don’t even have to walk through the store to find everything. Plus it’s completely FREE! Seriously, give it a try- it will rock your Home Depot shopping world.
Tools and Supplies:
1- 12 foot long 1×4 board
1- 24 x 48 inch piece of 1/4″ plywood
Hooks- I got this six pack for a great deal!
Wood Stain (I used Minwax Special Walnut– my favorite stain ever!)
Sander + Sandpaper
Brad Nailer + 1 1/4 inch brad nails
Miter Saw– this is the one I have, and I absolutely LOVE it!
Scroll Saw– optional
1. Cut wood
Cut your 1×4 into the right size pieces- Go to Ana White’s site for the cut list.
2. Finish Wood
Sand all of your boards. I love my Ryobi corner cat sander for things like this.
You’ll also want to paint or stain all of your boards, and let them dry before you assemble. People ask me all the time what my favorite stain is, and I always tell them this Special Walnut stain from Minwax. It’s dark enough to be pretty, but not dark enough to turn your wood black! It’s my favorite.
3. Assemble shelf
Using your brad nailer and wood glue, start putting your shelf together. Start with the trunk piece and your two support pieces.
Then center the bottom shelf above your trunk piece and secure with wood glue and brad nails.
Then add your side pieces.
And continue on in this pattern- add the shelf, then add the side pieces.
Another shelf, and more side pieces.
Finally you’ll be finished assembling your tree.
This is the part where my tree differs from The Home Depot’s and Ana White’s. I wanted backing on my entire tree. So I traced my tree onto a piece of 1/4″ plywood.
Then I used my jigsaw and cut the plywood out, making sure I cut 1/4″ or so INSIDE the lines, so it was sure to be smaller than my tree.
Then I attached the plywood using wood glue and brad nails.
I also knew I wanted a star on top of my shelf, so I used my scroll saw and cut a cute little star out of the extra plywood. If you are a crafter-slash-builder, you NEED a scroll saw! I just recently added this to my tool collection, and I am OBSESSED with it. I love cutting cute little things with it. And yes, my garage is a mess! LOL! Then I painted the star, added some glitter, and glued it to the top of my tree.
4. Add Hardware
After the shelf was built, I added my hardware- some hooks on the bottom to hang our stockings, and a picture hanger on the back so I could hang it on my wall. Side note: I keep this picture hanger kit on hand, so no matter what I need to hang, I have the right hardware for the job. My husband loves it, because I actually hang things properly, instead of hooking it on the wall with some string and a pushpin. LOL!
Then I hung it up on our wall, filled it up with my special things, and stood back in amazement of the DARLING little thing I just built.
For this workshop, 10 bloggers (including me) worked on the same project they are offering in the stores- this DIY Halloween candy holder. I’ve linked to everyone at the bottom of this post, so you can click-through and see all the different spins and little creative touches we’ve each put on our projects and get some fun ideas for when you go into the workshop and build your own. This workshop is a great opportunity for you to take all of the ideas you see on these talented ladies’ blogs and then go into your local Home Depot and get the project done- they provide all the tools and supplies, so if you aren’t sure how to use the tools, but would like to learn, this is the perfect project for you!
Register to make this project HERE
See all of the cute bloggers’ projects
Make sure to visit all these awesome blogs to see the great ideas each different blogger had. These women are SO talented and creative!
DIY Huntress ::: The Turquoise Home ::: Inspiration for Moms ::: Shades of Blue Interiors ::: Domestically Speaking ::: A Pumpkin and a Princess ::: Junque Cottage ::: Make It Love It ::: My Repurposed Life
If you have previously attended any workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide feedback, please feel free to use this form. Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make the improvements you want to see.