Project Guide

How to Make a Decorative Holiday Tree Shelf

1
MEASURE
Measure and Mark

Using the measuring tape, measure and mark cuts on the 1- x 4-inch x 6-foot common boards according to the cut list.

2
MARK
cut diagram

For the shelf supports cut a 45-degree angle across the square piece ¾ inches in from each side (see diagram)

3
CUT
Cut
  • Use a circular saw to make the straight cuts on the common boards.
  • Use sanding block to smooth any rough edges.
4
STAIN OR PAINT BOARDS
Stain or Paint boards

Stain or paint boards prior to assembly if desired

5
ASSEMBLE THE SHELF SIDES
Assemble Side Shelves
  • Assemble side A by overlapping three 8-inch sections by 3/4 inches.
  • Secure with 1 1/4-inch brad nails.
  • Assemble side B by overlapping two 8-inch sections and one 7 1/4-inch sections by ¾ inches. 
  • Secure with 1 1/4-inch brad nails.
6
COMPLETE THE FRAME
Complete Frame
  • Lay each side on end so that side B buts up against the side A (see diagram).
  • Secure with 2-inch brad nails.
  • Bend assembly until the bottom of each side is roughly 16 1/2 inches apart.
  • Place 16 1/2-inch shelf in place and secure using brad nails through each side.
7
INSERT SHELVES
Insert Shelves

Insert top and middle shelf and secure using brad nails.

8
BUILD BOTTOM SECTION FOR HOOKS
Build Bottom Section
  • Place the 15-inch board against the bottom shelf so that it’s perpendicular to the bottom shelf. 
  • Hold in place using brad nails and secure with 2-inch wood screws
  • Cap each end of 15-inch board with the shelf supports and secure with brad nails.
  • Screw hooks in place with ¾-inch screws, evenly spaced. If desired, paint the screws to match the hooks.

Tip: Pre-drill to avoid splitting the wood.

9
ATTACH HANGING HARDWARE
Attach Hanging Hardware

Attach picture-hanging kit across the back of the shelf and hang on the wall.