Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DIY Modern Tree with Ornaments

diy wood tree with ornaments

The holiday decorating is in full swing friends and today I'm over at Classy Clutter sharing this modern tree with ornaments.  All month long Mallory and Savannah have been posting amazing decorating ideas as part of A Handmade Holiday series, be sure to check out all the tutorials!

A Handmade Holiday series 2015

This modern tree is a basic build that does involve some beveled cuts so you will need a miter saw.  As always be careful with power tools and follow all safety precautions.

wood tree shape with hanging ornaments

Below you will find the step by step instructions including cut lists.  Be sure to stop over at Classy Clutter for more finished product photos and lots more project ideas.

modern tree free plans

1 – 1x2x6 pine board
1 – 1x4 scrap wood @ 14”l
¼” circular wood dowels
1 ¼” finish nails
1 ¼” wood screw
wood glue

Cut List:

1 – 1x4 @ 14” (base)
1 – 1x2 @ 16 7/8” long point to long point, both ends beveled 20 degrees NOT parallel (bottom)
1 – 1x2 @ 25 ¾” long point to short point, both ends beveled 20 degrees parallel (right side)
1 – 1x2 @ 25 ¾” long point to long point, one end beveled 20 degrees, one end beveled 50 degrees NOT parallel (left side)
1 – ¼” dowel @ 13”
1 – ¼” dowel @ 9 ¼”
1 – ¼” dowel @ 5 ½”
1 – ¼” dowel @ 1 5/8” 

modern tree free plans

Step 1: Attach base to underside of bottom tree piece using wood glue and countersunk 1 ¼” wood screws.

modern tree free plans

Step 2: Predrill holes for dowels as indicated into both sides of tree.  Keep drill at 20 degree angle parallel with beveled cut.

modern tree free plans

modern tree free plans

Step 3: Construct tree using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.  **Consider inserting dowels before assembling sides.  Use clamps to keep shape secure until glue dries.

modern tree free plans

Step 4: Gently insert dowels into holes bending ever so slightly until dowel pops into hole.  Secure with finish nail from exterior.

modern tree free plans

diy modern tree free plans


  1. Jaime - this is perfection! It would truly be perfect in our barn if I can get my act together and try it. Thanks for sharing!