How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree Shelf

This Christmas Tree shelf turned out so beautiful! It’s one of my favorite Christmas decorations!

How to Make a Christmas Tree Shelf


While I was searching on Pinterest, I found these cool Christmas Tree shelf plans from Ana White and Jaime Costiglio. I knew I wanted to build the same shelf, but add extra backing to add stability.

How to Make a Christmas Tree Shelf

This little tree shelf 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!


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
Wood Glue
Brad Nailer + 1 1/4 inch brad nails
Miter Saw– this is the one I have, and I absolutely LOVE it!
Scroll Saw– optional
Picture Hanger


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.

How to Make a Christmas Tree Shelf

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.

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  1. I sure would LOVE a printable instruction sheet for this….searched everywhere and can’t find one. I can’t get internet where my shop is, so I need a printable instruction sheet.

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