Today I have teamed up with Home Depot to promote their Do-It-Herself Workshops. This month’s project is this cute holiday ornament display. This class is being taught at Home Depot’s across the US this week! It is a free class happening this Thursday from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. SIGN UP HERE! Home Depot asked me to take this concept and create my own spin on it.
So I came up with a Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Shelf perfect for counting down to Christmas. I did neutral wood tones but you can add more color to make it pop or match your Christmas decor.
1” x 8” x 12’ common board
1” x 6” x 8’ common board
(2) 1” x 4” x 8’ furring strip
1 1/4” screws
1. Measure and mark (3) 48” sections from the 1” x 8” x 12’ board and (2) 48” pieces from the 1” x 6” x 8’ board. Next cut (20) 30” pieces from the 1” x 4” furring strip. Cut a piece of scrap wood 6” x 7” for the Christmas tree trunk. I used my chopsaw to make these cuts.
2. Lay all five of the 48” boards flat on a table interchanging between the 8” wide boards and the 6” wide boards. I left a nickel space between each. Center the 30” board horizontally across the back of the five 48” boards and 3 1/2” down from the top, and secure using two wood screws in each board. Repeat on the bottom with the remaining 30” board.
3. To make the tree cut 5 boards from the 1” x 4” furring strips on a 45 degree angle. I cut 5 pieces at 10 3/4”, 14 1/4”, 18”, 21 1/2”. and 24 3/4”.
4. Once the Christmas tree boards are cut drill a few pocketholes with a Kreg Jig into each board.
5. Sand each board and then apply stain. I used Minwax Weathered Oak for the planks and then Minwax Dark Walnut for the Tree and trunk.
6. Once dry I centered the Christmas tree boards and then drilled the pockethole screws in place. I also cut a 6” spacer to help with placement.
7. Attach the tree trunk with 1 1/4” screws from the back into the front.
OPTIONAL: Find a shape of a star online and then cut out a star from a piece of scrap wood. I spray painted mine gold. I used hot glue to adhere it to the top.
8. I found some white favor boxes at my local craft store and then wrapped them in some ribbon and attached the box number (using printed out numbers and a 1” hole punch) onto circular tags. You add add little notes or candy inside.
This thing is so big! It is perfect for a mantel or an empty space on a big wall.
To see some more fun takes on this general idea check out: