How to Make a Decorative Holiday Tree Shelf

Create a DIY shelf in the shape of a Christmas tree for a simple, festive display

Under 2 hours

Everyone needs some extra space to display cards, decor, lights and more during the holidays. This simple DIY will teach you how to build a small three-tiered shelf in the shape of a Christmas tree that can be mounted on any wall.

What You Need

Materials
1
Measure and Mark
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.
• For the shelf supports cut a 45-degree angle across the square piece ¾ inches in from each side (see diagram)

cut diagram
2
Cut
Cut

• Use a circular saw to make the straight cuts on the common boards.
• Use sanding block to smooth any rough edges.

3
Stain or Paint Boards
Stain or Paint boards

Stain or paint boards prior to assembly if desired

4
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.

5
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.

6
Insert shelves
Insert Shelves

Insert top and middle shelf and secure using brad nails.

7
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.

8
Attach hanging hardware
Attach Hanging Hardware

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