This year mine is a Corner Christmas tree shelf. If you don’t want the traditional Christmas tree this may be an option for you. This shelf will fit snuggly into the corner of any room and can be decorated in a Christmas theme.
After Christmas, it can be used as a regular shelf to display all your home decor items. If space is a big issue for you this Christmas tree shelf I made last year might be a good choice. It can be hung on a wall or sat on a table.
If you follow my blog you will know I am part of IBC (International Bloggers Club), we are a group of talented bloggers from around the world. We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and Canada. Each month we come together and create a project with a common theme. Obviously, this months theme is Christmas, YAY! If you missed last months theme it was flannel and these flannel dog bandannas were my contribution. More info and other members contributions at the bottom of this post.
How to make a corner Christmas tree shelf
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Find suitable wood for the Corner Christmas tree shelf
I had a large piece of Formply laying around at home which I used for this project, any sturdy wood will work. This is a very strong form of plywood that does not seem to bend or bow.
Start by dividing the wood in half from corner to corner. I added some painters tape to stop the wood from splintering during cutting. Using whatever saw you have cut the wood in half along the line, I use a circular saw.
Lay the 2 pieces side by side and start measuring out where you would like your shelves to be, and mark them with a pencil.
Next, cut some plywood strips to support the shelves these were 20 mm thick. I placed them leaving an approximately 50 mm gap in the centre and in the front, so they would not be so obvious when assembled.
The supports were glued in place and secured with a nail gun so I could proceed without waiting for the glue to dry. Note to self, make sure the nails used are not too long for the wood. I ended up nailing my shelf to the table and had to file the nails down at the back with a file. Lucky you don’t see the back but you do have the option to paint the back too.
Attaching the shelf together
Using a hole saw cut a hole in the bottom inside corner for the lights to fit through. I had a large plug on my lights, so my hole had to be a bit bigger than I would have liked. This is below the last shelf so it will not be visible
This may not be the correct way to do this, but I make up my projects as I go along using the materials I have at home. Stand the shelf upright and using a square ruler align the wood to a 90-degree angle against the ruler.
I used square brackets to hold the two sides together. The brackets were placed just under a shelf so the bolts would not be so obvious. Drill holes through the wood and bolt the brackets in place and secure them. You can paint the bolts will be painted later so they will not be an eyesore. 3 Brackets were added to this shelf. There will be a slight gap in the join because of the 90-degree angle.
Cutting the shelves for the Christmas tree shelf
For the shelves, I used 12 mm plywood and cut it into squares to fit onto the supports (Measurements above in image) I left approximately a 50 mm gap at the start of every shelf rather than having the shelves flush with the sides.
The shelves were sanded down using an orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper.
Using my handy homemade wooded compass, I marked out the curves for the shelves. I am hopeless at cutting accurately around curved lines, so I cut them first using a jigsaw leaving 2 mm of excess wood.
Using a benchtop sander the excess is then sanded away using the line as a guide. You can bypass this step if you don’t have the same issue cutting accurately as I do.
Test that the shelves are a good fit before you move on to painting the shelf. Please ignore the mess in my workshop, it is too hard to keep moving my project to get pretty photos.
To hide the plywood edges for a better cosmetic look, I added so wood veneer tape. The tape is very simple to add, you need a hot iron and you just iron over the veneer tape to heat up the glue and it will stick to the edges.
Using a shape knife, cut away the excess tape and smooth it over with sandpaper to remove all the rough edges.
Paint your Christmas tree shelf
Before you assemble the shelves it is easier and quicker to paint first. Because I used Formply I had to add a primer first then acrylic white paint. Using a paint roller will have this done in no time. To make the paint more durable I also added 2 coats of water-based polyurethane. I have used oil-based in the past which is more durable, but it made my white paint go a little yellow in colour.
Glue the shelves onto the supports using wood glue.
Finally, the fun part, decorate your shelf in a Christmas theme.
After Christmas, you can use the shelf for regular home decor.
Looking for some new DIY Christmas ideas check out the stunning baubles made using unicorn spit or these stunning baubles made using unicorn spit
I made a couple of Christmas themed shadow boxes to go onto my shelves.
If you want to make the framed Christmas signs the tutorial is HERE
Please join me by clicking the links below to see what ideas my talented friends came up with for this Christmas theme.
dollar-store-christmas-wood-stars / The interior Frugalista.
Easy-farmhouse-christmas-stocking-holder/ Raggedy Bits
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SpoorthiNovember 18, 2019 at 11:26 pm
MarieNovember 18, 2019 at 11:43 pm
Girl, you rock the power tools! Love that this is a handy corner bookcase year-round and a festive Christmas tree during the holidays. Clever!
Anita HollandNovember 19, 2019 at 4:06 am
Thank you Marie, good old YouTube is a good teacher. Wish I had learnt years ago. The shelf will be shipped off to my daughter’s next week to its forever home. 😃
KatrinNovember 19, 2019 at 4:50 pm
SO clever Anita! I agree with Marie, it doesn’t have to only be a Christmas tree . After the Holidays you can re-decorate it and still enjoy it! Lovely!
Veronica LeeNovember 25, 2019 at 7:13 am
What a lovely idea! Love, love, love your Christmas tree shelf!
Anita HollandNovember 27, 2019 at 3:29 am
Thank you so much for the great feedback😁
mieNovember 27, 2019 at 10:42 am
Anita HollandNovember 27, 2019 at 12:48 pm
Thank you so much 😁
Sarah-MarieNovember 27, 2019 at 1:56 pm
This looks awesome. I’d love to do something similar and have Christmas village models on each shelf! #Alittlebitofeverything
Anita HollandNovember 28, 2019 at 5:57 am
Thank you so much, I have seen the Christmas village shelves they are very cute. I tried to make mine a bit different so I went with the Christmas tree instead.
Chas GreenerNovember 29, 2019 at 3:19 am
This is so incredibly cute, thank you so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving
Anita HollandNovember 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
Thank you so much 😁
TeresaNovember 29, 2019 at 5:54 pm
Oh, I love this idea! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned.
Anita HollandNovember 29, 2019 at 8:28 pm
Thank you so much😁
RobinDecember 1, 2019 at 1:47 am
What a fun idea, you are so talented! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinned!
Marilyn LesniakDecember 1, 2019 at 2:18 am
Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Happy Holiday!
AliceDecember 1, 2019 at 9:53 pm
this is a really neat idea. thanks for sharing with us at #OMHGWW
Anita HollandDecember 2, 2019 at 12:07 am
Thank you so much Alice, you never have to find storage for the Christmas tree again.
SusieDecember 3, 2019 at 9:11 pm
My kids were so into Christmas we had to make rules, such as no Christmas music until after midnight on Thanksgiving, which, of course, meant blaring Snoopy’s Red Baron Christmas at 12:05! The tree had to be taller than my daughter and rounder than my son could get his arms around. Each year meant new ornaments. The kids are grown now, and left the state to find work, so no grandbabies running around. I do get that after-midnight phone call on Thanksgiving that blares Christmas music! Too Funny! The idea of having a tree has long past, even though I have half of my attic full of Christmas. This corner tree will not only be the perfect “busy” project for me, but will be the perfect way for me to display some of the Christmas nick-knacks, ornaments and nativities that have been collected over the years. I am thinking I will make two trees, one for each kid, for either side of the arch into the dining room, and I am going to try to figure out how to hinge them to they can be folded away. I am going to use various green paints combed through to look more needle-like, maybe something with a sparkle, and place small hooks in the bottom of the shelves to hang ornaments and stars from. I am thinking of cutting the back corner of the shelves out so I can run a single strand of clear or white lights down the inside length of the tree. I might even make a one-quarter-of-a-circle Christmas tree skirt to place on the floor under the bottom shelf and between the sides. If you have any ideas as to how to make the trees hinged and fold-able or how I can add sparkle to the green paint, please share. Thank you for giving this granny something to keep busy with. It has been awhile. Blessings from Port Huron, Michigan, USA, at the International border with Canada.
Anita HollandDecember 4, 2019 at 3:08 am
Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to me. Hinges would be very easy to add but they would need to be in the inside of the shelf. This will mean they will obviously be visible but nothing so Christmas decorations would not cover-up. Then you can just fold it up and slide it under a bed.
AmyDecember 5, 2019 at 5:54 pm
I love this corner christmas tree shelf. I already checked it out from another link party, but this time I get to choose a feature for the party. And I have chosen this post to be featured on Best of the Weekend. Thank you so much for sharing. You did a fabulous job!
Anita HollandDecember 5, 2019 at 8:47 pm
Thank you so much for the lovely comment and for the feature. I really appreciate it 😁
LibertyDecember 5, 2019 at 11:44 pm
This is a great project, Anita! You are being featured tomorrow for Best of the Weekend.
Liberty @ B4andAfters.com
Tracy AlbieroDecember 9, 2019 at 5:54 pm
I thought it was really cute until I scrolled down and saw you made the SHELF!!! Now I am impressed. That looks amazing. Well done! You could sell that! Thanks for linking up to #trafficjam
Anita HollandDecember 10, 2019 at 2:04 am
Thank you so much, I made the shelf first, the needed decorations so I made the signs 😂😂
CarolDecember 17, 2019 at 12:23 am
I really like your corner shelf and I could see it being used for more than Christmas. It is versatile! I am featuring your shelf on my post Wed. 12/18, Features of the Happy Holiday Ling Party. I’d love for you to drop by.
Anita HollandDecember 17, 2019 at 7:21 am
Thank you so much Carol, it is greatly appreciated.
Michele MorinDecember 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm
Anita HollandDecember 19, 2019 at 6:37 am
Thank you so much Michelle for the lovely comment. 😉
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Thank you so much for the feature 🥰
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This is lovely! I would leave it up all year round! Thanks so much for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays! I hope you’ll join us again this week!
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Michelle LeslieJanuary 23, 2020 at 4:43 am
You’re just so darn clever Anita!!!! I LOVE this shelf. What a beautiful and unique idea when you don’t have a lot of space. Pinning all over my boards
Anita HollandJanuary 25, 2020 at 4:50 am
Thanks for the lovely comments and the Pinterest Love xx
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Dee | Grammy's GridNovember 18, 2020 at 10:15 pm
How cute, I like it! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 34 for All Things Christmas.
Anita HollandNovember 19, 2020 at 4:05 pm
Thank you so much.
Karen the next best thing to mummyNovember 25, 2020 at 11:35 pm
This b different and useful #alittlebitofeverything@_karendennis
Anita HollandNovember 28, 2020 at 11:21 am
Thank you, it is very different.
Jed JurchenkoNovember 26, 2020 at 11:43 pm
Impressive! You make building that Christmas tree shelf look easy. What a festive and fun design!
Anita HollandNovember 28, 2020 at 11:22 am
Thank you so much, It is easy when it is broken down into easy to see steps.
Marilyn LesniakNovember 29, 2020 at 10:34 am
Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
Naush SamamaDecember 1, 2020 at 9:18 am
Anita, that is a spectacular Christmas tree/shelf!!! I love that it serves two purposes and can be used through out the year.
Anita HollandDecember 2, 2020 at 3:21 pm
Thank you Naush, It is pretty handy the shelf is the new home for my Steampunk gnomes. lol
Naush SamamaDecember 1, 2020 at 12:48 pm
Congratulations Anita. Your Corner Christmas tree shelf is one of our features today at https://doodlebuddies.net/2020/12/01/meraki-link-party-16/
Anita HollandDecember 2, 2020 at 3:23 pm
Thank you so much. xx
SaraDecember 8, 2020 at 12:22 am
I love this option; it’s such a space saver!
Anita HollandDecember 11, 2020 at 4:05 pm
Thank you Sara, it really is cool because I can use it all year round I just change the decor on it.
Libbie@alifeunfoldingDecember 8, 2020 at 4:39 am
What a great idea for small spaces! You could add this shelf and skip a tree. Love it!
Anita HollandDecember 11, 2020 at 4:07 pm
Thank you Libbie, I made it for my daughter but it was too big to deliver so I kept it here. I use it all year round and decorate it for Christmas as my tree. Winner Winner lol
MeeganDecember 8, 2020 at 7:11 am
I could definitely use something like this in my small cottage apartment. I love the tutorial and directions to make my own. Thanks for sharing!
Pinning for reference.
Anita HollandDecember 11, 2020 at 4:08 pm
Thank you so much Meegan, for the great comment and for pinning my project.
BrookeDecember 8, 2020 at 11:48 pm
Anita, what a wonderful project. Your daughter will love it. Thanks for all the photos to see the how to. It will be perfect for every season I’m sure.
Anita HollandDecember 11, 2020 at 4:17 pm
Thank you so much Brooke, I did keep it for myself in the end because it was too big to fit into any of our trucks. lol
Kim PurvisDecember 11, 2020 at 7:26 am
What a fantastic and clever idea! I love it! Pinned!
Anita HollandDecember 11, 2020 at 4:25 pm
Thank you so much Kim, I really do appreciate the comments and pins.