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DIY Holiday Tree Shelf…with Nativity Blocks!

So, last week I mentioned I would be joining in on a Virtual “Do-It-Yourself” Party…….yes, that darling Holiday Tree Shelf!!  It’s a super quick project that only uses two 6-foot long boards, that only cost a few dollars each!  Oh, and do you remember how I mentioned you could either make it on your own (more info below), or learn how to make the same project in person, by attending a FREE Home Depot workshop (#DIYworkshop) in your area?!!  (Check out dates/times and register HERE!)

Well, I finished my version and have been excited to show you what a fun and quick project this was!  However, I decided to skip the hooks along the bottom of the shelf and turn the shelf into a nativity display!  And then used the scrap wood from this project to create very simple nativity blocks….that were KID FRIENDLY!!!

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This little shelf really is so charming and would look so cute on any ol’ wall in my house this holiday season!  However, I really love that we have another version of the nativity on display!!  (Yes, we have several different types of nativities in our Christmas stash!)

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This idea stems from a little shelf that I hung in my girls room that’s about the same size, but it’s in the shape of the house.  We turned it into a “hanging doll house” and they LOVE that thing!  They put tiny dolls and mini animal figurines in there….and even make little furniture, etc.  So I thought it would be really fun to have something similar for our kid-friendly nativity sets during Christmas time, that the kids could play with and rearrange all they wanted.  Plus, it’s just so pretty…..that it adds to the holiday decor! :)

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Also, it keeps the nativity sets up and off the floor….and saves space from trying to find a shelf or table top to set an extra nativity display!  And let me tell you…..the kids have been having so much fun with this thing!  Oliver is especially happy when the bigger kids are off to school and he gets to play with it all by himself! :)

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I guess I could have still added hooks along the bottom section and then this shelf could have had several functions…..but after I painted “O Holy Night” along the bottom, I fell in love!  So the letters stay!

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And just think—all this thing is, is several rectangle cuts of a 1×4 piece of wood.  No mitered corners or fancy cutting……yay!!!

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And it really looks so pretty with your holiday decor…..whether you use it to fill with your other decor, or use it as a nativity display like I did!

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Now, hmmmmm…….I might have to invite some friends over for a craft night, because this really was so fun to make! :)

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SUPPLIES for DIY Holiday Tree Shelf:

Click on the link above and read through the instructions that Home Depot provided for this project.  I didn’t adjust the tutorial at all…..but was so excited with how quickly it came together.  Just a few cuts of wood and that’s all I needed!

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And then it was time to put the tree shape together, just like the instructions above….

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And then I added the support down below.

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Then I added one coat of stain (Minwax, Provincial 211) and let it dry completely.  I decided to skip the hooks along the bottom and turn this shelf into more of a Nativity Tree display.  We have several little nativity sets that I let the kids play with….but I figured I could make one more set that’s even MORE kid friendly from the scrap wood left over from this project.  I just cut the leftover wood into smaller rectangles, sanded it down a bit, and painted each block a different color of acrylic chalk paint.

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Then I found some very simple nativity silhouettes online (HERE are the ones I used)….printed them out, traced them onto my blocks, and then painted them with white paint.

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Then I hung my shelf, arranged the little nativity…..and that’s it!

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Pretty quick project, right?

If you want to give it a try on your own…just follow the instructions above!  Or, if you’d rather some assistance, head on over to your local Home Depot this Saturday (November 18th) and put one together in time for Christmas!  (Just be sure to SIGN UP HERE!!)

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Oh, and if you have previously attended any workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide feedback, please feel free to use this form. Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make the improvements you want to see.

Good luck!


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The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids. Customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions right at their local store. Visit to learn more.

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For more inspiration and to see how some other blogging friends customized their planters to fit their style….check out these other incredible ideas! :)

(Click on each name, and it will take you to their site!)

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Junque Cottage

The Creative Mom

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***Compensation for this post was provided by Home Depot.  However, all opinions are mine and have been presented openly and honestly…but let’s be real, I’m there all the time anyway, so that was easy to do! :)  


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Ruth says:

    I’d love to see the hanging dollhouse that you made!

  2. Creative Khadija says:

    So cute :) This must be a great idea for those who are looking for tree shelf or decor ideas! Thanks for sharing


  3. Sarah says:

    I would also like to have the dimensions for the nativity pieces please. Thanks!

  4. Christine says:

    That is so cute!
    Will you please share the dimensions and colors you used for the nativity pieces? They fit so perfectly!
    Thanks for sharing this cute project.

  5. Cecilia says:

    I LOVE IT!! Such a cute and easy project. Can you share the measurements of the nativity pieces? Did you just use the scrap wood from the project?

  6. Cindy G says:

    I love this shelf! I can’t sign up for the workshop, so thank you for the link to the plans. As soon as I get a brad nailer, my friend and I will each be making one (probably after the holidays). I loved all of the different versions that the group of bloggers made, too. While I’m going to stick to the original for this one, checking out the other posts gave me a few ideas. With my miter saw and a brad nailer, I’ll be able to make all kinds of projects. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yay…..that’s perfect!!! I loved looking at the other versions too… many good ideas! :)

  7. Sarah says:

    Love this! Decorative shelving is one of my favorites!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oooh, me too! :)

  8. LaNell says:

    I signed up for Saturday! Your version is darling. Would love to use the same silhouettes…

    1. LaNell says:

      I did a google image search for “simple silhouette nativity” and found them at “”

    2. Ashley says:

      Aggghhh…..I didn’t realize the link wasn’t working. Yep, those are the ones I used! Thanks for adding the link here LaNell! I added it into my post as well! :) Good luck on Saturday…..I hope you LOVE it! :)

  9. Tasha says:

    This is gorgeous! The link to the silhouettes you used isn’t there. Please share! I would love to be able to make this.

    1. Ashley says:

      Sorry about that….I added the link into the post. But you can find them here:

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