How to Make a Corner Christmas Tree Shelf

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About: I enjoy repurposing and restoring old furniture and making woodwork projects that are not seen every day. I make most of my projects using wood that is either, recycled,reclaimed and love to repurpose and re...

I try and make something new for my home every Christmas. This year I wanted to make a shelf that would fit into the corner of my room and still pass as a Christmas tree. And after Christmas it could stay where it was I could just decorate it in another way. It can become a thanksgiving, fall or even a Halloween shelf you just change the decor to suit the occasion. I made this Christmas tree shelf last year that can hang on a wall or sit on a table, which is a great idea for people with limited space at home.

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Step 1: Cut the Frame

I can not build projects according to a plan, so I make mine up as I go along so if a step seems strange to you that is why. To start you will need a large piece of wood or plywood. I use formply because it was free and it was what I had at home. If you want to duplicate this shelf all the dimensions are on the image above. Add painters tape diagonally across the wood, this serves as the cut line and prevents the wood from splintering as bad.

Step 2: Measure the Position of the Shelves

Lay the 2 halves side by side and measure where you want to place the shelves. Draw a pencil line across both shelves so you know the shelves are going to be straight. Using scraps of plywood cut stripes of wood, these will be your shelf supports. I left a gap at the front so the support is not so obvious once assembled. Next, glue the supports to the sides using the pencil line as a guide. I used a nail gun to secure the glued supports so I did not have to wait for the glue to dry. Cut a hole in the gap below the first shelf at the bottom, this is to add Christmas lights. If you don't have a hole saw, use a jigsaw to cut out a small square. The idea is that the plugs are hidden under the bottom shelf.

Step 3: Join the Sides With Brackets

Using a large square ruler or a corner of your house if you don't have a square ruler. Square the two sides up together and drill holes for the brackets just under the shelf supports to hide the bolts. Put your bolts through from the front and secure them to the brackets with nuts. These will be painted later so they atre not be so obvious.

Step 4: Making the Shelves

To make the shelves, I cut squares from plywood. Test the squares for a good fitting by putting them on the shelf supports. Because the shelf is 90 degrees and so are the squares they should fit. Using a handy wooden compass that I made, state of the art I know. Draw a pencil line to round off the shelves. I am not very accurate cutting curves with a jigsaw so I always leave 2mm excess wood. The excess is then removed with a benchtop sander using the line as a guide. Test the shelves again for a good fit before glueing them in place. Please ignore the mess in my workshop, it is really organised chaos.

Step 5: Paint the Shelf

It will be a lot quicker to paint the shelf before assembly. Using a paint roller I added one coat of primer and 2 coats of white acrylic paint to all the wood. Once dry the shelf was glued together using wood glue.

Step 6: Decorate the Shelf

Add your Christmas lights and decorations. I used double-sided tape to add Christmas lights to the outside of the shelf, and decorated the shelves.

Step 7: More Great Christmas Projects You May Like.

Flashing Christmas themed lightboxes, that can be used on your mantel or placed in your window. Santa stop here garden signpost

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    BlueFreckles

    3 days ago

    What a great idea! Perfect for a small apartment or bathroom. I wonder if you put a hinge on the back if that would allow you to store if you don't want to keep it up year round.

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    AnitaH25BlueFreckles

    Reply 2 days ago

    Thank you so much. I was going to use a hinge, but it would only work if I put it on the front. The angle at the back would not allow for the hinge to close flat. Because I wanted mine to be up all year I thought it would be an eyesore. But If it is just for Christmas I would think you could easily hide the hinges with some Christmas decorations.

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    4 days ago

    I love that you use this for Christmas or just any time of the year!

    You should consider entering the Shelving Contest :)

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