$10 DIY Wooden Ornament Tree

Hey there!  We are so excited to be back for Day 5 of the 12 Days of Christmas!


For Day 5, I chose to make a Wooden Ornament Tree and it is completely COLLAPSIBLE!Winking smile  It’s always hard to pack decorations away after Christmas and I thought that making this collapsible would be so helpful come January!

Ten Dollar Wooden Ornament Tree

Did I mention it only cost me $10 to build?  Smile  Here’s how:

This hand saw is the perfect tool for this project!  If you don’t have a saw, this is the right place to start and will only cost you $10!


round dowels

Purchase 3 round dowels at Home Depot.

dowels cut

Cut them down to the measurements above.

tree trunk

Purchase a 2×2 at Home Depot and cut down to measurements above.


You will need a 1/2 drill bit for the next step.

drilling holes for dowels

hole measurements

Drill holes at the marked measurements on one side of the 2×2.  Tip:  I drew a line down the middle of the board to keep holes in the center.

drill measurements

Flip board to the right once and drill holes at the measurements above.


Cut a scrap 1×8 at 7.25”.  If you don’t have a scrap, you can purchase a 1×8 at your local hardware store.

drill hole in base

Drill a hole into the center of the 1×8.

drill hole in other end of base

Drill a hole in the center of the 2×2.

attach base and trunk

Attach 1×8 and 2×2 with a wood screw through the bottom of the 1×8.

drill hole in trunk

Drill another hole at the top of the 2×2.

wood finial

Purchase a wood finial at Lowe’s.


attach finial

Screw finial into 2×2.

Rustoleum heirloom white

I chose to paint my tree in a favorite, Rust-oleum Heirloom White spray paint.

spray paint tree

I found it easiest to spray paint the dowels while they were in the tree.  Tip: place dowels from longest to smallest from bottom to top to form the shape of a Christmas Tree.

That’s it!  I didn’t use any glue on the dowels and the base and final will unscrew for easy storage!  I finished it off with some simple (medium sized) silver ornaments and have it displayed on my dining table.  The great thing about this piece is that it is so versatile and would look great in any room of your houseWinking smile

wooden ornament tree

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Ten dollar ornament tree

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I love simple and cheap projects.  If you have 2 hours, $10 and a drill, you can make your own too!  It is so easySmile

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    Thank you – I appreciated this as the trees online are expensive! I’m hoping I might find a round piece of wood for the base. I would also recommend. that a shallow slash be put on the top surface near the end of the dowels before painting or staining so ornament hooks, strings or ribbons will not slide off.

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  28. Ava on April 29, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I have the same jewelry and just yesterday I dug around in the mud and I found the same twins you used to hang yours. I find a lot of great ideas on your blog. One of them was a banner I made for Thanksgiving. I’m definitely going to make this tree. I like that it’s also prone to wear and tear because preserving Christmas decorations is definitely a chore.

  29. Kay Lynn on November 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm

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  30. Michelle on October 10, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Any tips on drilling that big of a hole neatly? Mine split the wood terribly, and it’s a new bit!

    • Lisa Baldridge on July 27, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Ours split, too, even with a new drill bit. We used some wood putty/filler to fill in the splintered areas. Then when it dried, we sanded it before spray-painting it. That worked pretty well.

    • Mike on December 15, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      You need to post a chart of how to get the dowels cuts out of the 3 dowels. I’ve wasted 30 minutes figuring it out which is $25.

  31. Laura Riddle on June 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I made this last fall. We have collected Hallmark car ornaments for our son and have about 23. I was using wreaths to display them but had to use three. This tree worked great for the cars, the white was a great paint idea due to the many colors of the cars. It was a great display. I would like to get measurements for a smaller version that would hold maybe a dozen. Thanks and keep up the good work. Laura Riddle

    • Lisa Baldridge on July 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

      We made a smaller version by removing the bottom layer. It sits well on a table, and has room to hang a dozen things. See my post above for a picture.

  32. Alicia Wooten on November 11, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Made this last night. I love the idea, but next time I would use the same drill bit size as my dowel. I found that 7/16 dowels and 1/2 inch drill bit makes the hole too big and I would prefer it to fit a little more snugly, so I don’t have to worry about it being bumped and the dowels being easily pushed out. I’d make it again, no doubt with the modifications

  33. Lindsay Martin on August 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you for this post! I sell ornaments and this would be a great display for my shop!

  34. Kathleen Bell on December 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

    LOVE this project!!!! I find so many great ideas at your blog. One of which was the banner that I made for Thanksgiving. I’m definitely going to make this tree! It’s not like I have enough Christmas decorations – ha ha!

  35. Runt on December 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Wow I really love this project. I love that it is collapsible too because storing Christmas decorations is definitely a job. I know you said this already but it really is versatile! Thanks for the tutorial! I think I’m just going to sit here and live at your blog. =]

  36. Amy Uskoski on December 6, 2012 at 1:20 am

    It’s a tree with earrings!

  37. Michael Wurm on December 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Adorable! What a fun little tree! I think this would be a great way to showcase a special collection!

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  39. FunkyJunk Donna on December 5, 2012 at 10:41 am

    This is so cute!! I’ve always admire these and now I know what to do about it!

  40. Loretta E on December 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

    So simple and adorable! I have those same ornaments and just yesterday dug around and found that same twine you used to hang yours. I didn’t want to buy the hooks when I only needed 7!

  41. [email protected] on December 5, 2012 at 8:14 am

    What a neat idea! It would a nice festive touch to my daughters room and also make a great jewellery “tree” for her growing collection of necklaces and bracelets after Christmas!

  42. JuneA** on December 5, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Very clever! This will be perfect for my old ornaments too fragile for the big tree! Thanks for sharing!

    • Shanty2Chic on December 5, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Thank you so much June! This would be effect for your fragile ornaments:)
      Sent from my iPad

      • Kelly Kaza on February 12, 2014 at 12:39 am

        I love this ! I made one and discovered that I dont drill level. My drill is old and doesnt have a built in level. Any suggestions on how to keep the holes level so the branches are straight ? Love your site !

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