Copper + Wood: The Ultimate Faux Tree

Whether your landlord won't allow it, or you simply don't have the space and money for a real tree, this minimal ornament tree is here to salvage your holiday spirit.

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.

November 02, 2018
Get the Step-by-Step Instructions

DIY Wooden Ornament Tree 01:32

Hang favorite holiday decorations on this DIY minimalist tree hanger.

Show: HGTV Happy

Many renters simply aren't allowed a real tree. And even those who can have the real thing may not have the space and money required to house one each year. This adorable alternative is the perfect solution, taking up very little floor space and coming to the rescue year after year.

Materials Needed

  • (2) 1x3 x 6’ pine boards
  • (1) 1x3 x 3’ pine board
  • (2) 1x3 x 1’ pine boards
  • miter saw
  • stain
  • cloth
  • wood glue
  • clamp

Build Frame

Begin by cutting each 6-foot board at a 13-degree angle on one end and a 72-degree angle on the other. Cut as little off as possible while still achieving the angles and ensure the two boards are the same length. Glue and clamp the tops of the boards together to create a “V” shape. Glue the two bottoms to the ends of the 29-1/2-inch pine board and use finishing nails to hold the frame together. Once the glue has had time to set, remove the clamp from the top and secure with finishing nails.

Note: While you can leave the base piece as is, you may also opt to cut both ends at a 77-degree angle.

Attach Copper Rails

To facilitate easy decorating (and add a little glitz!), this tree needs some copper rails. Fit in a 24-inch piece of 1/2-inch copper pipe at the bottom of the tree and mark the points where it touches on each side. Use a tape measure to mark every 10 inches from there. Measure the distance from each sides' relative points, and measure and cut pipe to fit in each slot. Drill pilot holes at each mark and use screws to hold the pipes in place.

Attach Feet and Decorate

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Secure the frame perpendicularly to the two 1-foot boards with wood glue and finishing nails. Decorate with ornaments as you would a real tree for the ultimate tree alternative.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Next Up

How to Make a Hanging Birch Log Tree

The natural simplicity and festive glow of this alternative holiday tree ensures it works with virtually any style.

How to Make a Rope Light Tree Skirt

Use basic crochet skills to cozy up any holiday tree with a sweet tree skirt that looks amazing day or night.

Easy Yarn-Wrapped Mini Christmas Trees

Give dollar- or craft-store foam topiaries a cozy, Christmasy makeover by wrapping them in chunky yarn.

DIY Paper Christmas Tree Forest Advent Calendar

Count down the days until Christmas with this festive, budget-friendly Advent calendar centerpiece.

How to Make a Cardboard Christmas Tree

From the crafter who brought you the cardboard fireplace, meet the recycled cardboard Christmas tree.

3 Adorable Tree Skirts Made From Drop Cloths

Upgrade your outdated tree skirt and save some serious cash this holiday season by handmaking your very own with an inexpensive drop cloth.

Easy, Budget-Friendly Ping-Pong Ball Holiday Ornaments

Turn ordinary Ping-Pong balls into festive ornaments and garland for your Christmas tree.

5 Christmas Tree Ornaments You Can Make From Trash

From burned-out light bulbs to empty paper towel rolls, learn how to transform your unwanted stuff into unique Christmas tree ornaments.

How to Make Mini Pinecone Elf Ornaments

Everyone loves an adorable, handmade ornament, and this miniature elf will bring instant cheer to any holiday tree.

Make an Easy Origami Christmas Tree Garland

Fold Christmas trees and stars to make an eye-catching garland.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.


Rock the Block

11am | 10c

Bargain Block

12pm | 11c

Bargain Block

1pm | 12c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Bargain Block

8pm | 7c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

10:31pm | 9:31c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Bargain Block

12am | 11c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

House Hunters

1:31am | 12:31c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.