Step 1: Gather Materials
- 4x Wooden Crates (Mine were from Michaels)
- 3x 8″ by 17″ cut pieces of wood – I believe I used Common Board from Home Depot
- 1x 8″ by 36″ cut piece of wood from same board as above.
- 4x 3/4″ Floor Flange
- 2x 30″ Industrial Pipe
- 2x 36″ Industrial Pipe
- 2 3/4″ Coupling
- 4 Hooks
- Varathane Wood Stain in Walnut
- Varathane Satin Polyurethane Spray
- Rags to Stain With
- Variety Pack of Screws
- Goo Gone
- Wooden Paint Stir Stick (to fix the uneven crates; free at Home Depot)
Step 2: Prep
Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies, you will need to prep all of the materials and stain the wood. I sanded down all of the wood boards and crates as must as possible. The crates were fairly low quality so they needed a decent amount of sanding due to their rough nature. I then used Goo Gone to remove all of the price stickers from the industrial pipes and wiped them down.
Step 3: Stain
Use a rag (I used microfiber clothes) to stain all sides of the wooden boards and crates. I decided to leave some bottoms and backs of the crates unstained because they weren’t going to be seen due to their orientation. Follow the stain’s instructions for dry time. Then use the polyurethane spray to apply 2 coats (following instructions) to seal in the stain.
Step 4: Assemble Crates
After sufficient amount of dry time I was able to assemble the structure. Start with the wood crates at the bottom. Securely screw each 8″x17″ board to the bottom crates (one on each end and one in the middle). Then make sure you screw the bottom two crates together horizontally. After you have finished the bottom set you may start to attach the top crates. My crates were uneven so I added pieces of a Wood Paint Stir Stick to even it out (see pictures below). I then screwed these crates to the bottom crates to complete my crate structure.
Step 5: Assemble Industrial Pipe
I fully screwed together all industrial pipe parts and screwed in two bottom flanges to the two outside 8″x17″ boards. Now the piping should be going straight up into the air. This is your chance to make sure everything is secure and even.
Step 6: Add Top Wooden Shelf
I then placed my final top shelf (8″x36″) on top of the top set of flanges and used my level to make sure everything was even. I then used my drill to screw in the last two flanges – don’t fully tighten each screw until you have everything in place.
Step 7: Add Hooks & Decorate
The last step is to add 4 hooks into the bottom of the top shelf. I drilled pilot holes with my drill and then screwed in each hook with my screwdriver. YES! We’re done!! Now it’s time to decorate the hall tree and enjoy your master DIY skills!
Don’t forget to take Before & After pictures of the area and tag me @maykitdiy if you try this DIY.