Wooden Christmas Tree

Wooden Christmas Tree
There is always space for a Christmas tree.

We don’t have much floor space in our tiny house, but we have wall space!

It puts a unique twist on the classic christmas tree, and I really like it. Now I want to make one as tall as the wall. Continue reading for our 3.5-4 foot Wooden Christmas Tree Tutorial.

Wooden Dowels (found ours at Hobby Lobby, about 1/4 inch in width)
Hot glue gun
Christmas lights (I used one 100 count pack)

Cut your dowels according to the correct sizes. The text on the left side of the tree indicates how far apart each dowel is spaced.

Wooden Christmas Tree
Find the center of each dowel and place a pencil mark there. This will help you center all of the dowels, making the christmas tree shape.

Wooden Christmas Tree
Find a way to keep all of the dowels centered and spaced apart their appropriate distances, while securing the twine with hot glue. I decided to cut out cardboard “spacers” and tape them to the floor, so if my dowels moved, I could easily line them up with my spacers without having to readjust each dowel.

Wooden Christmas Tree
You will want to put something down on your carpet or table so you aren’t getting hot glue all over that while securing the twine.

Wooden Christmas Tree
I wrapped the twine around each end of the dowel to ensure that the twine would stay on.

Let the wooden tree dry, and once it’s ready, hang it on the wall with 2 nails.

Wooden Christmas Tree 9
Add the lights and whatever else you would like. I did use clear tape to secure the lights to the dowels.

Wooden Christmas Tree
May your holiday season be merry and bright!

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55 Responses to “Wooden Christmas Tree”

  1. Patty Fosler — December 3, 2013 at 8:28 am

    That’s really cute Beth. The star tops it off perfectly!

    • The First Year Blog — December 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Mom! Thank you!

  2. amy @ one artsy mama — December 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Such a fun idea, Beth!

    • The First Year Blog — December 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      I appreciate you coming by Amy! :-)

  3. fuller255 — December 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Love it. Simplicity and beauty. Have pinned to Christmas Crafts and Food Board.

    • The First Year Blog — December 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you friend!!

  4. Christine Graves — December 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    That is too cute, such a great idea with limited space! or even an additional tree….

    • The First Year Blog — December 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Oh definitely an additional tree!

  5. That is the cutest idea! What a great idea when you have a small space. Love it. Came over from the DBB. Pinning!

    • The First Year Blog — December 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      I appreciate you coming by Emily!

  6. Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple — December 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    This is so cool! I love how it looks! Pinned

    • The First Year Blog — December 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you Kaysi!

  7. Sandra — December 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Love this and will be great for the kids room!! Thanks for sharing. xoxo San

    • The First Year Blog — December 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      I didn’t even think of using it in a kids room, but thats a great idea!

  8. Elizabeth Petersen — December 4, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I love that you used little wood dowels and twine to make the tree! I did something similar with just lights on our front window, but was just using clear packing tape to keep the lights in place… short story the tape keeps slipping on the glass!!! I’m going to have to try this instead, thanks! (325elizabethavenue.blogspot.com)

    • The First Year Blog — December 4, 2013 at 7:48 am

      That would look really cute too in a window using tape, but yeah if it gets too cold the tape comes off!

  9. Michele — December 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Super cute and mod too! Pinned:)

    • The First Year Blog — December 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      I appreciate you pinning this Michele!

  10. paperworx4seniors2 — December 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    This is such a wonderful alternative to a “real” tree. We have a quite small living room with 3 doorways off of it and two big windows so not much wall space. We also have a 1/2 wall between kitchen/ l/r so that decreases the space even more.
    We’ve had a small tree on a table and a bigger tree on other years but that involves moving all furniture in living room. We just did that so don’t think we’re up for it again. Just adjusting to how it is, making do.
    We have a shutter shelf on one wall centered so I do lot of my decorating on it. Makes it easier than trying to move furniture all the time. I’m using big jars to make little snow scenes in this year in place of a tree I think. It’s just hubs and I so not having to deal with tree is much more convenient for us. I’d love to have a real tree on a table but even those are so ridiculously expensive for 2 old seniors. Love smell in house of real tree.
    I’m going to look around, see if we can squeeze one of your style trees on a wall, if not we’ll have to do without this year. There’s always next year. The wall we might have put on is covered by the tv stand now. I’m going to pin this however in case I get a wild hair. Maybe make one for front of porch. Your post is great and a wonderful solver for folks that don’t have room. Happy days and happy creating

    • The First Year Blog — December 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Others suggested just using the lights and making a tree shape in a window, that would be fun too!

  11. Jennifer Dawn — December 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

    What a cute idea! I’d love for you to stop by and share this at my weekly link party. Hope to see you there! http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2013/12/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-70.html

    • The First Year Blog — December 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Hi Jennifer, I’ll by come!

  12. Andrea Fogleman — December 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Cute idea for someone that doesn’t have much space for a tree. :) – Andrea@scrapality.com

    • The First Year Blog — December 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Andrea! I appreciate you coming by, I am going to stop by your blog!

  13. Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate — December 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    This is super cute, Beth! :)

    • The First Year Blog — December 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks friend!

  14. Julie — December 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I am about to feature your fab tree on FB…love it Jennifer! Thanks for linking up today @ our Inspiration Monday Party! ~Julie redheadcandecorate.com

    • The First Year Blog — December 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Oh gosh, thank you Julie!

  15. Kayla @ Home Coming — December 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful idea, and what a space saver! Don’t forget to link up to The DIY’ers today! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-diyers-41.html

  16. cynthial1956 — December 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    This is so adorable! This is a great decoration for any house-even one with lots of floor space. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  17. Bonnie @ The Pin Junkie — December 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

    This is such a unique and inexpensive idea! Thanks for sharing this great project at The Pin Junkie. It was featured in this week’s Christmas craft roundup. http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2013/12/christmas-crafts-and-printables.html I hope you’ll stop by to grab a featured button and share your best Christmas recipes at tonight’s party for another chance to be featured! Wishing you very happy holidays!

    • The First Year Blog — December 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      I truly appreciate you sharing this Bonnie!

  18. monicapruett — December 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Awesome and amazing! Pinned and am Featuring at Family Fun Friday!

  19. Ginger — December 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Featuring YOU today over on my blog. Thanks so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday. :)

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

    • The First Year Blog — December 12, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you Ginger!

  20. Elise — December 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    What a cool idea! We don’t have much space for a tree either. I end up moving furniture around every year to make room for it.

    • The First Year Blog — December 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      I would probably move furniture around too because it’s tough being without a real tree!

  21. Cindy Eikenberg — December 14, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Beth, I absolutely love this! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning and sharing! Thank you so much for being at the party and wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays. Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

    • The First Year Blog — December 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Thank you Cindy, happy holidays to you too!

  22. Jeni — December 14, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Very cute!!

  23. Bessie — December 14, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I would like to make this but can’t figure out how much room is between layers of dowels.

  24. Bessie — December 14, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Oh MY. Now I see what I missed.Comes from getting up to early Sorry…. Great Idea.

    • The First Year Blog — December 14, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Haha, sometimes I have sleepy eyes too!

  25. rdukes — December 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    This is such a fun idea, especially for someone dealing with a small space. I featured it tonight at the Project Inspire{d} link party!

    • The First Year Blog — December 17, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Thank you friend!

  26. Fun idea. We’d love you to share this great project on our Awesome Things Tuesday party.
    –Jessica @ Preserving Life’s Moments

  27. Mandy — August 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I love this tree and the idea of making it bigger. My question though is how would you make it bigger?

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Hi Mandy!

      You’d have to use larger and longer dowels I would assume, finding those may be difficult, I am unsure!

    • Mandy — August 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      I have been able to find 48″ dowels and some longer but the longer ones are over an inch thick. I am loving this tree and with a 1 yr old at home I am thinking this would be a great alternative without worrying about him pulling a tree over. How did you determine what length to make the dowels and how far to space them? I am sorry to be asking so many questions I am just curious so I can try and make one. TIA

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 23, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Hi Mandy! I played around with the dowels on the floor until the tree looked right. There wasn’t a lot of specific calculation that went into it, however I did want the dowels evenly spaced apart and to gradually decrease in length, but for the most part I eyeballed it. Good luck!

  28. Daniel — October 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Cool tree! Thanks for the idea!!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — October 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      You are welcome, can’t wait to hang mine up soon!


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