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How To Make A Tree Bookshelf


How To Make A Tree Bookshelf

I’ve been so inspired by all these creative bookshelf ideas lately on Pinterest and Instagram. So, I went searching on Youtube for a shelving idea I was in love with and hopefully not too difficult to make. I found this great tutorial for a DIY Tree Bookshelf and it fit the bill exactly, so I thought, let’s make a sweet bookshelf, one that sets a calm and natural ambiance!

The video walked me through the process and gave me some solid tips for extreme success with this new undertaking. If you are a confident (or crazy adventurous) like me then that video might just be enough for you. To wade deeper into the project. I will also lay out the materials and tools that were used. You first cut the plywood: Cut 2 sheets of plywood into 7″ X 96″ strips, Glue 3 strips together to form one 2.25″ X 7″ X 96″ strip, Glue 2 strips together to form one 1.5″ X 7″ X 96″ strip (repeat once to create two 1.5″ X 7″ X 96″ strips). It seems kind of hard at first glance but actually it was a breeze.

Tree Shelf 3

Then I painted my backing plywood brown and secured the shelves to the backing board.

Tree Shelf 4

Gradually the Book Shelf Tree takes Shape.

Tree Shelf 5

Then you just varnish the actual shelves and mount this gorgeous shelving unit on the wall in your living room or library.



  • 3 sheets of 3/4 inch thick 4 foot by 8-foot plywood
  • 1 box of 2″ deckmate screws
  • 1 bottle of wood glue (eg. Titebond)
  • 1 can of paint primer
  • 1 can of brown paint
  • 1 pint of polyurethane
  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  •    Drill
  • Sander
  • Clamps
  • Paint Brush or Roller
  • Disposable brushes
  • Pre-drill bit
  • Countersink bit 
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