This year, choose a nontraditional Christmas tree. This one is made from wood and offers a unique way to display your treasured ornaments. A dowel tree is great for small-space Christmas decorating, too! While a DIY Christmas tree may seem daunting, it's actually quite easy. All it takes are dowels and a drill.
What You'll Need
- 24-inch-diameter wooden round
- 8-foot-long, 1-1/2-inch-diameter wooden pole
- Drill and drill bits
- 1-1/2-inch wood screw
- 1-inch-diameter dowel, cut into six 18-inch lengths and six 14-inch lengths
- 3/4-inch-diameter dowel, cut into six 12-inch lengths and six 10-inch lengths
- 1/2-inch-diameter dowel, cut into four 8-inch lengths, four 6-inch lengths, and four 4-inch lengths
Step 1: Make Base
Using a 1-1/2-inch spade bit, drill three-quarters of the way into the center of the wooden round. Insert the 8-foot pole into the hole and secure with a 1-1/2-inch wood screw through the bottom of the round.
Step 2: Add Branches
Mark peg placement on the pole. Our tree has 36 pegs spaced approximately 6 inches apart around the length of the pole, with the largest diameter pegs on the bottom and the smallest diameter pegs on the top. The top peg is 6 inches from the top. Drill peg holes in the pole at a 45-degree angle, using spade bits that are the same diameter as the peg. Insert pegs in the holes. Hang ornaments from pegs.