DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand and Ornament Storage

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This DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand looks beautiful under your tree. AND, it works as ornament storage when you’re ready to pack the tree away. Yassss!

Today, I’ve got a quick build for you that pulls double-duty. Last week, I decided it was time to build the DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand I’ve wanted for years. So, I spent a couple days just trying to decide how to build it and make it collapsible. See, I hate storing big things that only get used once a year. But, then I finally realized, it doesn’t have to sit empty the rest of the year.

I happy danced all around the Living Room when I realized I could use that same box to store all of my Christmas Ornaments and decor once the tree came down. Holla!

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Easy to follow written steps, printable build plans, and how to video for this beautiful DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand. Bonus, this handmade Christmas Tree Box Stand stores your ornaments the rest of the year!
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What You Need for this Build

Quick Note: I deigned this DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand to sit under my artificial tree. Your tree may have less or more clearance between the limbs and the floor. You may need to adjust the design to fit your tree. ALSO, when using a live tree, you should line the inside with a waterproof, heavy duty bag or liner to protect the wood.

Bonus: Free Printable Plans for this Christmas Tree Box Stand are available for download at the end of the tutorial. 🙂

  • 4 – 13 1/4″ long 2″ x 2″ Select Pine Boards, for the corners
  • 8 – 20 1/2″ long 2″ x 2″ Select Pine Boards, 2 for each side frame
  • 4 – 6″ long 2″ x 2″ Select Pine Boards, to support the base
  • 1 – 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ x 1/2″ thick MDF or Plywood, for the base
  • 4 – 20 1/4″ x 13″ X 1/4″ thick Beadboard, MDF, or Plywood, for the side panel
  • 8 – 20 1/2″ long 1/2″ x 3/4″ Pine Molding
  • 8 – 8 3/4″ long 1/2″ x 3/4″ Pine Molding
  • 8 – 20 1/2″ long Cove Moluding with a 45-degree Miter
  • 8 – 8 3/4″ long Cove Moulding with a 45-degree Miter
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I love how this DIY Christmas Tree Stand turned out, guys!

Tools Needed

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DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand – Build Steps

Step One

Cut your 2″ x 2″ boards to size.

Step Two

Put 1 pocket hole on each end of the 8 – 20 1/2″ long 2″ x 2″ boards. Should be 16 holes total.

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Drilling the pocket holes in the 2×2 with my Kreg Jig R3.

Step Three

Cut your 1/2″ x 3/4″ Pine Moulding to size.

Step Four

Use Glue and your Brad Nailer to attach the 20 1/2″ long 1/2″ x 3/4″ Pine Moulding to the 20 1/2″ long 2×2’s. Be careful, you want to attach the 1/2″ wide side to the 2×2, so that there is still room for the 1/4″ thick board and the Cove Moulding. Make sure the Moulding is flush with the pocket hole side of the 20 1/2″ long boards.

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Attach the 20 1/2″ long Pine Moulding to the 20 1/2″ long 2×2. Make sure it sits even with the back of the 2×2 (pocket hole side).

Step Five

Once all 8 – 20 1/2″ long 2×2’s have Moulding attached, you can assemble the sides. Build 1 full side with 2 – 20 1/2″ long 2×2’s and 2 – 13 1/4″ long 2×2’s. Use glue and screws to assemble 2 full sides.

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Using my Kreg Jig Pocket Holes and Screws to assemble the box frame.

Step Six

Now, use glue and screws to connect the 2 full sides with 2 – 20 1/2 long 2×2’s. Make sure that all of the pocket holes are facing the inside of the box. Finish the final side with the last 2 – 2×2’s, glue and screws.

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Now that the full box is assembled, I’m gluing and nailing the shorter 1/2″ x 3/4″ Pine Moulding to the frame.

Step Seven

Use Glue and Brad Nails to attach the 8 – 8 3/4″ long  1/2″ x 3/4″ Pine Moulding pieces to the short sides of the frame. Make sure they are flush with the back of the 2×2 and even with the longer 1/2″ x 3/4″ Moulding you attached earlier.

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Applying glue to the 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding before inserting the beadboard panel.

 

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The Beadboard panels sit on the 1/2″ x 3/4″ moulding.

Step Eight

Now the frame is assembled and the backing for your panel is in place. Just glue the beadboard, MDF, or plywood panel to your backing. Then frame the top of the panel with Cove Molding that has a 45-degree angle in the corners. Glue and Brad Nail the Cove Molding to the 2×2.

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Using Titebond Glue and Nails to attach Cove Molding to my DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand.

Step Nine

For the base, I attached 1 – 6″ long 2×2 to the middle of each side, with Glue and Screws. Make sure it is flush with the rest of the bottom of the frame, so that they sit directly on your floor and don’t have to support any weight. This is especially important with live trees with water that are so much heavier.

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I used scrap 6″ long 2×2 blocks to support the 1/2″ thick plywood bottom. Be sure to attach the block level with the bottom of the box. You want the floor to hold the weight of the tree, not the block.

Step Ten

Glue and Nail your 1/2″ Base to the top of those 6″ supports.

Step Eleven

Fill the pocket holes and nail holes with wood filler. I used Dap’s Plastic Wood-X. Once the wood filler is dry, sand the frame and the wood filler smooth. Clean off all dust with a tack cloth or scrap cloth. You might want to start with a shop vac or brush might be needed on the beadboard first. 🙂


Hello, DIY friends! You can download the DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand plans here. These plans are currently free to email subscribers and for personal use only. They cannot be shared or sold without my permission. Please let me know if you have any questions and enjoy your build! 🙂


Now you’re ready to apply the finish to your DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand. 🙂

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DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand – Finishing Steps

You can stain, paint, or just poly this box, to match your style or Christmas decorations. Here’s how I finished mine.

I’ve been using Magnolia Home Paint by Kilz to paint furniture lately. I used to always mix my favorite Latex Paint into chalk paint. But I’ve figured out that the standard Magnolia Home Wall Paint actually dries and cures like a chalk paint. So, it’s perfect on furniture. I used it on my DIY Farmhouse Console Table, DIY Laundry Table, and even my Laundry Room Cabinets.

I had Magnolia Homes by Kilz custom matched to DecoArt Chalk Paint color Rouge. The color is great. I used it on the DIY Childrens Desk Plans I built too. But with the DecoArt chalk paint it took 5 or 6 coats to get full saturation. Red notoriously takes a lot more coats for an even color. I hoped the Kilz paint would get full coverage, in less coats.

Long story short, the Kilz paint was a bit faster and easier to work with. But, both were great. For both paints, I skipped primer and just painted directly on the wood. I also skipped a clear coat with the Kilz Paint. That stuff is pretty stinkin’ easy to use, guys.

That’s it! You’re done. Enjoy you’re new DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand and ornament storage. 🙂

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DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand

Build this easy DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand. Looks fantastic under your tree and stores your ornaments when you're ready to pack the tree away. #ChristmasTree #DIYFurniture #AbbottsAtHome #ChristmasTreeBox #ChristmasTreeStand #ChristmasTreeBoxStand
This DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand looks beautiful under your tree. AND, it works as ornament storage when you’re ready to pack the tree away. Yassss!

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Kreg Jig & Drill
  • Power Sander
  • Brad Nailer

Instructions

Measurements and 3D drawings can be found in the printable plans.

  1. Cut the 2x2's for your DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand.
  2. Drill your Kreg Jig Pocket Holes.
  3. Use wood glue and screws to assemble the frame.
  4. Attach the molding to the frame.
  5. Then attach the beadboard to the molding on the 4 sides of the box.
  6. Then cut and attach the cove molding to the front of the four sides.
  7. Then use Pocket Holes to attach a plywood base to your DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand.
  8. Use wood filler where needed.
  9. Once the wood filler dries, sand everywhere to prep for paint or stain.
  10. Finish the box to match your Christmas Tree and Decor. 🙂

Notes

Quick Note: I deigned this DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand to sit under my artificial tree. Your tree may have less or more clearance between the limbs and the floor.

You may need to adjust the design to fit your tree. ALSO, when using a live tree, you should line the inside with a waterproof, heavy duty bag or liner to protect the wood.

Bonus: Free Printable Plans for this Christmas Tree Box Stand are available for download at the end of the tutorial (above).

DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand – Finishing Steps

You can stain, paint, or just poly this box, to match your style or Christmas decorations. Here’s how I finished mine.

I’ve been using Magnolia Home Paint by Kilz to paint furniture lately. I used to always mix my favorite Latex Paint into chalk paint. But I’ve figured out that the standard Magnolia Home Wall Paint actually dries and cures like a chalk paint. So, it’s perfect on furniture.

I had Magnolia Homes by Kilz custom matched to DecoArt Chalk Paint color Rouge. The color is great. I used it on the DIY Childrens Desk Plans I built too. But with the DecoArt chalk paint it took 5 or 6 coats to get full saturation. Red notoriously takes a lot more coats for an even color. I hoped the Kilz paint would get full coverage, in less coats.

Long story short, the Kilz paint was a bit faster and easier to work with. But, both were great. For both paints, I skipped primer and just painted directly on the wood. I also skipped a clear coat with the Kilz Paint. That stuff is pretty stinkin’ easy to use, guys.

6 thoughts on “DIY Christmas Tree Box Stand and Ornament Storage”

  1. This is a great idea. It looks really nice and you don’t have that skirt to deal with under the tree (it never stays in place).
    x, Julie | thismainlinelife.com

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