Tree Wall Shelf

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 11/20/2015 - 01:05
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DIY tree shaped shelf for Christmas!

Hi folks!  Happy Friday!!! 

We've just got five weeks left until Christmas!  Hope you are busy working on projects!  

Handmade is special, it's sustainable, it's local. Handmade rocks!  I encourage you to make at least one gift this year, and I'm here to entice you with a brand new plan as part of our Handbuilt Holiday series.

Jaime from That's My Letter and I love doing the Handbuilt Holiday series every year, and are so glad so many of you enjoy it too!

Today's project is so fun and festive!!!

A tree shaped wall shelf!!!

It's just 1x4 boards, stacked to create a tree shelf.  You could fill with decor, as Jaime has done, or with Christmas cards, or candles, or family photos.  How about using as and advent calendar shelf, and hanging stockings off the hooks?  So many ways!

But here's the catch - Christmas is right around the corner.  So you've gotta make this project now to enjoy it this year!

So here's what to do -

1. Check out Jaime's build post for lots more photos and details on construction - and please thank her for her hard work and extraordinary talent.

2. Grab the free plans below (if this is the homepage you'll need to click READ MORE below) and get building!




And if you just can't get this project built for this year, make sure you pin for next year!

Have an awesome weekend!

XO Ana + Friends


Dimensions shown above


Shopping List
  • 12 feet of 1x4 boards
  • 1/2" plywood 6" x 15" or larger
  • 1-1/4" nails and 1-1/4" trim screws 
  • If only hanging from top must use 2" screws for attaching all vertical joints (SPAX recommended)
  • 3 hooks
  • Hanging kit or screws for hanging to studs in wall
Cut List
1 - 1x4 @ 16-1/4" 
2 - 1x4 @ 3-1/2" 
1 - 1x4 @ 18-3/4" longest point to longest point both ends cut at 25 degrees off square
6 - 1x4 @ 7-1/2" long point to short point, both ends cut at 25 degrees off square
1 - 1x4 @ 15-1/8" longest point to longest point both ends cut at 25 degrees off square
1 - 1x4 @ 11-3/8" longest point to longest point both ends cut at 25 degrees off square
1 - 1x4 @ 7-3/4" long point to long point, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square
1 - 1x4 @ 8-5/8" long point to long point, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square
1 - 1x4 @ 9-1/2" long point to long point, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square
Scrap 1/2" plywood for filling in second shelf approzimately 6" x 15"
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Use a jigsaw to cut out the side support pieces in a decorative shape.  Attach to back piece.  You can use 1-1/4" nails and glue or screws to attach.

Step 2

Use screws to attach bottom shelf to supports and back.  

Step 3

Use screws to attach a pair of sides to the bottom shelf.

Step 4

Continue working upward, attaching the shelves and sides, with 1-1/4" trim screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Trace out the second to top shelf on to 1/2" thick plywood.  Cut out with jigsaw.  Glue and nail in place.

Step 7

Attach project to wall, preferably through bottom and back plywood pieces.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Wed, 11/25/2015 - 11:02

This is so beautiful, and great for someone without a mantel! I'm terrible with angles, would anyone know if I would have to change the angles if I made it larger?