Project Guide

How to Build a DIY Christmas Tree Stand

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Cut List
A diagram showing how to cut boards to make a Christmas tree stand box.

You will need:

  • One 1- x 12-inch x 6-foot common board
  • Three 1- x 2-inch x 8-foot common boards
  • One pack of 1 1/4-inch brad nails
  • One pack of 2-inch corner braces


Tip: Cut pieces one at a time. Then measure and mark the next piece off the remaining scrap to ensure that all pieces are the correct size.

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Measure and Mark
Someone using a pencil and tape measure to mark off cut lengths on a board.

Using the measuring tape, measure and mark cuts on the wood according to the cut list. 

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Cut
Someone using a circular saw to cut a board for the Christmas tree stand box.

Use a circular saw to make the cuts on the wood. 


Tip: Use a sanding block to smooth any rough edges.

4
Stain or Paint
Someone staining the boards for a Christmas tree stand box.

Stain or paint the boards prior to assembly, if desired.

5
Build Panels
Someone using a brad nailer to make a frame for the Christmas tree stand box.

On top of the 1 x 12-inch sections, create a frame with the 1 x 2-inch sections. The 24-inch sections make the top and bottom of the frame.  The 8 1/2-inch sections make the side of the frame. 


Next, evenly space the remaining three 8 1/2-inch sections vertically inside the frame. 


Once you have the shape, secure with brad nails using an 18-gauge brad nailer.

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Assemble
Someone using a drill to install corner braces for a Christmas tree stand box.

Using corner braces, attach the panels together so that the side faces butt up to the front face.

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Disassemble for Storage
Someone disassembling a Christmas tree stand box.

When it's time for storing the Christmas tree stand box, unscrew the four corner braces and place the hardware in a plastic bag. 


Tape the plastic bag to the back of one of the 24-inch pieces, so you can find it easily next year. 

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Set Up Your Holiday Display
A completed Christmas tree stand box in a living room, holding a decorated Christmas tree.

A beautiful and functional Christmas tree stand adds style to your holiday decor and serves to set off your tree.

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