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HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE WOODEN DOWEL CHRISTMAS TREE

Easy homemade wooden dowel Christmas tree that will make any room look amazing. Made with few supplies and sharing a dowel Christmas tree pattern that is simple to make.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments.

This wooden dowel Christmas tree has that minimalist look I adore with a Scandinavian vibe. It has hygge written all over it!

For many years I have wanted a Christmas tree in my kitchen all decorated with kitchen themed ornaments. Well, this year I finally found the perfect tree that wouldn't take up much space and doesn't need water.

I love that hygge feeling! If you like that cozy vibe of hygge then you might love this hygge Thanksgiving table or these minimalist Christmas decorations.

But let's talk about a dowel Christmas tree DIY and jump right in on how to make a wooden Christmas tree.

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How to Make a Wooden Dowel Christmas Tree

Like with most projects it is always good to gather all your supplies. Here is a list of what you will need.

Now that you have all your supplies let's start working through the dowel Christmas tree pattern.

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Dowel Christmas Tree Pattern

Let's get started with the details on how to make a three-foot dowel Christmas tree but feel free to take this pattern and add to it for a taller tree. Simply add more layers to the bottom with those dowels an extra two inches longer for each row.

Start with the Base

Measure and cut three pieces of plywood to make the base (3 1/2″ x 6″, 5″ x 9″, 8 1/2″ x 12 1/2″)

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. First step measure and cut the base boards.

Sand the edges.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Sand the edges

Glue the middle board to the bottom board placing the middle board in the center and then nail the two boards.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Nail the bottom and middle board

Glue the top board to the middle board placing the top board in the center and then nail the top board to the centerboard.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Glue the boards together before you nail them.

Mark the center of the top board and then drill a 1/4″ hole all the way through the three boards.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Drill a whole through all three boards.

Turn the base over and drill down over the hole with a 1/2″ drill bit or larger to make a hole for the hex nut to sit up inside the base.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Drill a larger hole in the bottom.

Build the Center and Branches

Thread the metal rod through the base and screw on the hex nut then pull it up into the hole flush.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Thread the steel rod through the base and attach a hex nut.

Measure and cut the dowels to the specifications (4 dowels at 20″, 4 dowels at 16″, 4 dowels at 12″, 4 dowels at 8″ and 3 dowels at 4″)

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Mark dowels to cut.

Sand the ends of the dowels.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments.  Sand the edges of dowels

Mark the center of each dowel.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Mark the center of the dowels

Clamp a dowel to a table (preferably one that you don't mind drilling into) and drill straight down over the center mark with a 1/8″ drill bit and then again with a 1/4″ drill bit.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Drill a hole into the dowels

Repeat the drilling process for each dowel.

Sand where you drill the holes.

Time to put together the tree.

Drop five wooden balls down the metal rod.

Assemble the DIY Wooden Christmas Tree

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Build the tree with 5 wooden balls first.

Drop the four 20″ dowels down the metal rod

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Then four longest dowels

Drop five wooden balls down the metal rod.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Then five wooden balls

Drop the four 16″ dowels down the metal rod.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Then wooden dowels

Drop five wooden balls down the metal rod. 

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Then wooden balls

Drop the four 12″ dowels down the metal rod.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Then wooden dowels

Drop four wooden balls down the metal rod.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Then wooden balls

Drop the four 8″ dowels down the metal rod.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Then wooden dowels

Drop four wooden balls down the metal rod.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments.  Add more wooden balls

Drop the three 4″ dowels down the metal rod.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Add more wooden dowels

Secure tree with another hex nut.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Add a hex nut to the top

Tie a long droopy bow on the top of the tree leaving room for a dowel cap.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Add a bow to the top

Place a wooden dowel cap on the top.

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Add wood cap to the top

Now your wooden dowel Christmas tree is ready for ornaments.

Decorate the Dowel Christmas Tree

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments. Finished tree

Add gingerbread ornaments on every other dowel starting with the bottom row and moving your way up. (use a thin twine to hang the ornaments)

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments.
Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments.

Add mini ball ornaments on all other dowels . (use a thin twine to hang the ornaments)

Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments.
Wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments.

And now you are finished and ready for the fun part. Deciding on where you will display your wood dowel Christmas tree.

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Conclusion

My dowel tree is sitting on a table next to the rocking chairs in my kitchen sitting area. I love how it is not heavy looking and has a cooking vibe with the little gingerbread ornaments.

Table top wooden dowel Christmas tree designed for the kitchen with gingerbread ornaments.

And it fits in nicely with my other kitchen items like this antique breadboard. If you have never heard of a breadboard learn more at my post on what is a bread board and ways to decorate with them.

I also adore how the dowel Christmas tree blended in nicely with last year's Ball mason jar wall hanging. There are directions on how to make this piece at the macrame Christmas decor with mason jars post.

Last, you can add any color bow and ornaments. If you decide to place your tree in a bathroom you could decorate it with beauty supply ornaments. Or if it is in a child's room you could adorn it with miniature toy ornaments.

This Christmas dowel tree is also perfect for dorm rooms and apartments. Once the holidays are over you can take it apart and pack it in a long narrow box.

What room would you like a wooden dowel Christmas tree?

Happy Decorating!

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Janet Coughlin

Friday 23rd of September 2022

Hi! Thanks for your directions. Our 3 foot tree tends to wobble and has a little lean to it. Do you have any suggestions to get it straight? Thanks so much, Janet

Linda McDonald

Saturday 24th of September 2022

Because of its height, it may be a little wobbly and want to lean a little. Is yours leaning a lot? I don't recall it leaning so much that it was a problem. As far as any suggestions, try tightening the screw in the bottom as tight as you can. I hope this helps.

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