How to Make a A-Frame Christmas Tree

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Around this time of year, it's become a tradition to come up with an alternative Christmas tree idea. This year is no exception!

The inspiration for this year's tree is from a visit to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Steph took the boat ride in the Land Pavilion and saw their version of a ladder tree, which became the model for ours. Take a look at how it came together!

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Gather Materials and Tools

We are using readily available materials including (1) 12' x 1" x 10" board, (6) 1" x 2" strips, and a package of hinges. We are using a lot of different tools because we have them, but this can be made with a simpler assortment of tools. Use what you have.

Step 3: Cut the Pieces

We cut three shelves from the 12' board. The finished lengths are 4 feet, 3 1/2 feet, and 2 1/2 feet. The legs and cross bars were cut from the wood strip. The legs are 70" finished and the (8) cross bars are each 13".

Once all the pieces were cut, we laid them on the floor to figure out the distance needed between the shelves. Note: in this picture there are four shelves and the legs are longer than 70". In the end, we decided the tree was too tall and ended up making it shorter and eliminating one of the shelves.

Step 4: Assemble

Prior to assembly, all the pieces were lightly sanded. We measured and marked the placement of the cross bars and glued and brad nailed them into place. The cross bars are placed 1" from each other although, 1 1/2" would be better.

Step 5: Stain, Paint, Add Hinge

We used a wood pre-conditioner on the shelves before staining. The tops and bottoms of the shelves were stained. The frame was painted with a chalk paint. After the paint dried we added the hinge. This will allow the tree to easily fold for storage.

Step 6: Fix Your Mistake!

Here's where we realized the ladder was way too tall! We cut off the top 12" and then it was perfect!

Step 7: Set Up and Decorate

This alternative Christmas tree is perfect for the holidays but can be used throughout the year for collectibles or plants or simply stored away for next year.

For more detail, please visit our website !

We also made a mini version, which you can see here.

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    emrude

    6 days ago

    What a great idea. I started a village in the 90's that I just unearthed in a move. I don't have proper space to display, but this gives me a way to put together a "mountain" village. Now, I just need to figure out how to add train service. Thanks for posting.

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    Glad you like it! Good luck with the project. The train could go around the base, that would neat! -Steph

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    That's is a good idea. I was stuck on mountain passes. Maybe I'll just put a tunnel for it to go through in the back. Thanks.

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    Kink Jarfold

    7 days ago on Step 7

    Nicely done, ladies. I totally identified with revamping a project such as cutting it down. Very similar --in reverse-- to my Artist Easel where I had to ADD height. --Kink--

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