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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

PVC Pipe Christmas Tree

By: Michelle Rojas from
Updated September 30, 2019
PVC Pipe Christmas Tree
PVC Pipe Christmas Tree
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"In a just a couple of days, using mainly PVC pipe, you can create a unique DIY Christmas tree that can either be hung up or lean against a wall. This alternative Christmas tree is ideal for smaller living rooms or dens. Other materials include spray paint, Christmas ornaments and plywood."

Estimated Cost$31+

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Main MaterialRecycled Materials


Materials List

  • -inch x 4ft x 6ft Plywood - Oak Plywood or Birch Plywood
  • White Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint Pail/Tray for diluting
  • Miter box saw/pipe cutter
  • A Variety of PVC Pipes - 1 to 4.5 inches in Diameter
  • Painter's Tape
  • Gold Metallic Spray Paint
  • 3 Tubes of Five-Minute Epoxy Adhesive
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Tree Trunk Stencil
  • Variety of Christmas Ornaments
  • Heavy Mirror Hanging Brackets for about 50lbs (optional)


  1. Pour the white paint into the pail and slowly pour a small amount of water to dilute.

  2. Using the paint brush and white diluted paint, paint one side of the plywood to create a white washed effect. Allow wood to dry completely.

  3. After the white paint is completely dry, use the painter's tape to create a tree layout on the wood. The base should measure around 3 feet and each side should measure around 5 feet. You can play around with the tape to achieve the shape you would like.

  4. Safely using the miter saw, cut the PVC pipes of 1 to 4.5 inches in diameter. These should be in a variety of lengths/heights ranging from 2 to 3.5 inches.

  5. Place the cut pieces of PVC pipe within the perimeter of the tape to create a tree layout. Create the entire layout to make sure that you have enough pipe pieces. Try to avoid placing to many of the same sized pieces near each other.

  6. Paint all of the cut PVC pipe pieces using the gold metallic spray paint. Make sure to paint the outside and inside of the pieces. Allow the pieces to fully dry.

  7. Once the pieces are dry, recreate the entire tree layout on the plywood.

  8. Mix a quarter size amount of the epoxy glue.

  9. For each piece of pipe, spread the epoxy glue on the bottom side and place on the plywood. Press down on each piece to ensure it sticks. Repeat this same process for each piece of cut pipe. Mix more epoxy glue as necessary. Allow glue to dry overnight.

  10. Measure out the size of the tree trunk as you would like it to appear. Find a tree trunk stencil print out and print.

  11. Tape the tree trunk stencil using the painter's tape. Using the same gold metallic spray paint, paint through the tree trunk stencil. Allow to dry and remove stencil paper.

  12. Remove painter's tape used to create tree layout.

  13. Next, hang up the piece of plywood with your attached tree or lean against a wall of your choice.

  14. Place Christmas ornaments inside of the pipe pieces.Try to disperse different sizes and colors of ornaments throughout.

  15. Sit back and enjoy your unique, handmade Christmas tree craft!

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This is a really interesting project. My first thought when seeing it were that you could use this to make a really unique advent calendar. You could have 25 of the rings larger than the rest and scatter them about as they are in the picture. Number the larger rings one through twenty five, and put a small treat in each one.

What a unique idea! I really like it!

Neat. I've never thought to use PVC pipes in this manner. The ornaments in some of the holes are the perfect touch. Love it!



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