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.
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.
This wooden tree last Christmas season was pinned over 1K times. It looks like I am not the only one who wants a wooden dowel tree.
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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. The best part is you can use this tree next year and for years to come. This tree is perfect for small spaces.
How Do I Keep My Wooden Dowel Tree From Leaning?
Update: Recently, several people have shared that their wooden Christmas tree wobbles at the top or leans. This tree is three feet tall and is held up with a narrow metal rod. Because of its height, it sways at the top. Here are several suggestions by people who have made the tree to make it stand straight.
- Use a set of lightweight ornaments and distribute them equally on each dowel to even out the weight.
- Change the thinner size rod that is listed in this post to a thicker size rod (make sure your wooden balls fit over the rod if you do this)
- If the tree still has a slight lean, turn it to the side where it appears straight.
- Make the tree shorter, for example, 24.”
What Supplies Do I Need to Make a Wooden Dowel Tree?
Like with most projects, it is always good to gather all your supplies. Here is a list of what you will need for this easy DIY wood Christmas tree.
- Circular saw
- miter saw
- nail gun
- drill and drill bits 1/4″ and 1/8″
- tape measure
- wood glue
- sanding block
- 1 threaded metal rod 1/4″ x 36″ long
- 23 wood balls with hole all the way through 1″ x 3/8″ hole
- 5 wooden dowels 5/8″
- 1 wood dowel cap 1″ x 1/4″ hole (you can also use one of the other wooden balls if you don't want to buy a whole bag of these dowel caps)
- 2 hex nuts 1/4″
- 1/2″ plywood for the base (I used some leftover scrap wood but this one linked is round. You will need to search for three different sizes)
- 14 small gingerbread-style ornaments I found my ornaments in the dollar section at Target. They are actually wooden kitchen toys for kids. I used a glue gun and glued some twine to the top.) (I have linked some other cute gingerbread ornaments.)
- 18 mini ball ornaments
- white 1″ grosgrain ribbon,
- pink and white twine for ornaments
How to Make a Wooden Dowel Christmas Tree
Now that you have all your supplies let's start working through the dowel Christmas tree pattern. I've got step-by-step instructions for this great Christmas craft.
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 make it shorter. Simply remove layers to the bottom with those dowels.
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″)
Sand the edges.
Glue the middle board to the bottom board, placing the middle board in the center and then nail the two boards.
Glue the top board to the middle board, placing the top board in the center and then nail the top board to the centerboard.
Mark the center of the top board and then drill a 1/4″ hole all the way through the three boards. (If you use a thicker rod make sure to make this whole larger so the rod fits.)
Build the Center and Branches
Thread the metal rod through the drill holes in the base and screw on the hex nut then pull it up into the hole flush.
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″)
Sand the ends of the dowels.
Mark the center of each dowel.
Repeat the drilling process for each dowel. Sand where you drill the holes.
Time to put together the tree. Lower five wooden balls down the metal rod.
Assemble the DIY Wooden Christmas Tree
Drop five balls down on the metal rod. Then drop the four 20″ dowels down the metal rod. Your first dowel branches are in place.
Drop five wooden balls down the metal rod.
Lower the four 16″ dowels down the metal rod.
Drop five wooden balls down the metal rod.
Drop the four 12″ dowels down the metal rod.
Lower four wooden balls down the metal rod.
Drop the four 8″ dowels down the metal rod.
Drop four wooden balls down the metal rod.
Lower the three 4″ dowels down the metal rod.
Secure tree with another hex nut.
Tie a long droopy bow on the top of the tree, leaving room for a dowel cap.
Time for the final step. Place a wooden dowel cap on the top.
Decorate the Dowel Christmas Tree
You don't want to overload your branch dowels so we'll keep it simple. 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)
Add mini ball ornaments on all other dowels. (use a thin twine to hang the ornaments)
This was so much fun! And now you are finished and ready for the fun part. Deciding on where you will display your simple dowel Christmas tree.
My wood dowel Christmas 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. It is such a unique way to spread holiday cheer.
I also adore how the dowel Christmas tree blended 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.
Looking for more Christmas decor DIY ideas? Check out these posts:
- How to Make a Christmas Village Wreath
- How to Make Christmas Bells
- DIY Vintage Farmhouse Christmas Table
What room would you like a wooden dowel Christmas tree this holiday season? I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments!
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1. 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")
2. Glue the middle board to the bottom board placing the middle board in the center and then nail the two boards
3. Glue the top board to the middle board placing the top board in the center and then nail the top board to the centerboard.
4. Mark the center of the top board and then drill a 1/4" hole all the way through the three boards
6. Thread the metal rod through the base and screw on the hex nut then pull it up into the hole flush.
7. Cut 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")
8. Sand the ends of the dowels
9. Mark the center of each dowel
11. Repeat the drilling process for each dowel
12. Sand where you drill the holes
13. Time to put together the tree
14. Drop five wooden balls down the metal rod
15. Drop the four 20" dowels down the metal rod
16. Drop five wooden balls down the metal rod
17. Drop the four 16" dowels down the metal rod
18. Drop five wooden balls down the metal rod
19. Drop the four 12" dowels down the metal rod
20. Drop four wooden balls down the metal rod
21. Drop the four 8" dowels down the metal rod
22. Drop four wooden balls down the metal rod
23. Drop the three 4" dowels down the metal rod
24. Secure tree with another hex nut
25. Tie a long droopy bow on the top of the tree leaving room for a dowel cap
26. Place a wooden dowel cap on the top
27. 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)
28. Add mini ball ornaments on all other dowels (use a thin twine to hang the ornaments)