How to Make a Dowel Tree

We trimmed this beautifully simple DIY Christmas tree with a collection of vintage ornaments. This minimalist approach lets your ornaments shine. This handmade Christmas decoration is the perfect way to celebrate the season. No water needed!

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. 

Get more ideas for Christmas decorating in small spaces. 

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 
  • Saw 
  • 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 
  • Ornaments

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.

Try adding a handmade ornament to the tree! 

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