Who doesn’t love a clever space saving Christmas tree idea? And this one converts to a memory board for year round use after the holidays!
Last year, I got so many holiday cards from friends and family in the mail, I didn’t know what to do with them all….my fridge isn’t magnetic (gasp) but I didn’t want to throw them away.
So, this year, I’ve come up with a way to display all those holiday cards (and other stuff – like prints, notes, etc that I want to keep handy) on a geometric bulletin board of sorts, that easily converts back to a non-holiday inspired shape after Christmas is over.
For the Christmas tree version of this project, I’m storing all of my holiday cards, tinsel tassels that I whipped up, color blocked ornaments (an upcoming DIY), and pop-y prints.
And for the geo year round option, I’ve included art prints and magazine clippings that I’ve collected these last few months, along with more prints from my own images.
Want to make your own space-saving Christmas tree?
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own…
Materials Needed for Alternative Christmas Tree
- compact circular saw (or table saw)
- sandpaper block or power sander (I use this one)
- plywood (size will vary based on desired size of finished project)
- paint (I recommend flat or eggshell house paint)
- paint brush
- straight edge or yard stick
- greeting cards, prints, notes, etc for the finished board
How to Make a Space Saving Christmas Tree
1. Start by mapping out a large triangle shape on plywood with a pencil and a long straightedge or yard stick.
2. Clamp down the plywood, using table clamps to keep the board secure while cutting. Make sure that the areas that you are cutting are a safe distance away from the table edge that the board is clamped to. Next, make the cuts with a saw. Then use a power sander or a sandpaper block to smooth the edges.
3. Once the plywood is free of debris, it’s ready to paint. I used a paint and primer in one to save time. Apply 1-2 coats of paint, let dry in between coats.
4. While waiting for the paint to dry, cut a long rectangle (mine is 4 inches wide and 30 inches long) from the scrap wood leftover from step #2. This will be the tree trunk, that the tree rests on. And paint the tree trunk the same color as the tree.
5. Once all of the paint has dried from steps #3 and 4, attach the tree trunk to the back of the triangle tree with several strips of heavy duty velcro. If you don’t want to reuse the triangle portion after the holidays are over, you can skip the velcro and use wood glue instead.
6. Add clips or hooks with velcro or wood glue, if desired and you’re good to go. Add greeting cards (the card designs I chose are Joyful, Merry and Bright, and Wonderful Life) using tape or clips, alongside photos, notes, etc.
Then, when the holiday season is over, remove the tree trunk by un-velcroing it, and hang the triangle on it’s own, by attaching a couple of saw tooth picture hooks to the back, like these.
Photography Amelia Tatnall Lawrence
Styling Brittni Mehlhoff
What do you think? Do you like this DIY best as a holiday project? Or for year-round use? Would love to hear your thoughts.