How to make a tree branch bookshelf

How to build a tree bookshelf

If you want to add a bookshelf shaped like a tree to your home, here is how to build it! We are giving our son a jungle themed bedroom makeover and decided to build him this DIY tree style bookshelf and toy shelf!

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We are excited to begin diving into Luke’s bedroom makeover.

Remember his jungle themed nursery in our old home? When we asked him what he wanted in his new bedroom, he said “animals!” The kid has loved animals his whole life.

If you follow us on Instagram, you know that Morgan has been painting a jungle themed mural in his bedroom! I can’t wait to share that project when it is done.

DIY Tree Shaped Bookshelf

So, designing him a jungle room theme, we decided to build him a tree shaped bookshelf. He loves to read and has tons of books and we loved this idea.


This shelf was inspired by the Babyletto Spruce Tree bookcase.

However, we decided to mimic the feel of that bookshelf but not copy it exactly.

We decided to go for a more simplistic approach and built this shelf out of 1×6 and 2×6 lumber.

Thanks to our Kreg K4, it was super easy to connect the branches and make them super strong.

How to build a DIY tree bookshelf

Building a DIY tree bookshelf is about making a custom look of a tree for your space.

You could build this bookshelf just using straight or singular branches off the trunk.

We opted to add interest by adding different angles and additional branches to really mimic the abnormalities of a tree.

We started by cutting the trunk to the height we wanted and notched the bottom to make room for the baseboard.

Then, we cut branches at 10 degree and 30 degree angles so they would come off the trunk.

We added pocket holes with our Kreg K4 on every branch where it connected to the trunk or another branch.

When we had all the branches right where we wanted them, we attached using wood glue and Kreg pocket screws.

Finishing the shelf

The inspiration bookshelf is actually lacquered. To get that look you would want to paint your shelf with a high gloss paint or paint it and finish with a glossy top coat.

We decided that we wanted a more natural look. So, we stained the tree Early American to match the crib we built for him that are next to each other.

This ties really nicely with the stain on Luke’s crib (another great DIY build!) and the brown in the mural.

Mounting the shelf to the wall

To mount the bookshelf to the wall, we used simple corner brackets and drywall anchors. We also painted them to blend with the wood and wall.

We put two brackets on each side of the trunk to stabilize it to the wall. This is important, because this can look like a tempting ladder to a toddler.

We didn’t do anything to support the branches other than the wood glue and pocket hole joints. We aren’t going to put that much weight on them and they are very solid.

Plans to build this tree bookshelf

You can get the plans to build this bookshelf on The full cut list and step-by-step instructions are available there.

For an overview, check out our how-to card here.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Active Time: 2 hours

Additional Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: Medium

Estimated Cost: $10-50

Here's how to build a super cute DIY bookshelf shaped like a tree! This bookshelf is great for toddlers and kids who love nature. Add books and decor items to the branches and let you child explore all day!


  • - (1) 6' 2x6 board
  • - (2) 8' 1x6 boards
  • - 1 1/4" pocket screws
  • - 4 corner brackets
  • - wood glue
  • - stain or paint


  • - Kreg K4 pocket hole jig
  • - Miter saw
  • - Drill
  • - Sander


  1. Cut the trunk board.
  2. Cut branch boards at angles.
  3. Drill pocket holes in branch boards.
  4. Attach branches to trunk with wood glue and pocket screws.
  5. Stain/paint
  6. Attach to wall.
  7. Decorate.

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Other bookshelf ideas

Looking for other bookshelf ideas? Here are some tutorials that we have shared:

  • Forward facing bookshelf
  • Turning a cabinet into a bookshelf
  • Kids bookshelf ideas

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How to Build a Tree Shaped Bookshelf

A few years back, my wife found an amazing tree shaped bookshelf that we thought would be the perfect centerpiece for our little one’s bedroom. Problem was, we could only find one person selling them on the internet and they were going for more than $1,100!

In this article, I’m going to show you exactly how to build this tree shaped bookshelf, which requires just over $100 in materials. However, be careful, as every time a mom sees this bookcase, you’ll most likely get a request to build one for their little one.

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Materials & Tools You’ll Need

  • 4-5 Pieces of 4′ x 8′ Plywood (3/4″ Thick)
  • Jig Saw
  • Power Drill
  • Large Drill Bit – 1/2″ Bit
  • Palm Sander
  • Router
  • Router Bearing & Bit
  • Wood Filler
  • Stud Finder
  • Mounting Brackets

Drawing or Stenciling Your Tree Shaped Bookshelf

First stencil or draw your tree with a Sharpie on a single piece of your 3/4″ thick 4′ x 8′ plywood. You could consider printing out some sort of stencil, but that’s a tall task as you would need a pretty large piece of paper or would need to piece together 14-15 pieces of paper.

Your best bet is to freehand and draw the tree. While this may seem like an impossible task if you lack drawing skills, it’s actually not that hard. Just know up-front that you’ll eventually be painting over your tree outline and if you mess up, you can fix or redraw the lines until you get it right.

Tips for Drawing Your Tree

  • Measure to the center of your piece of plywood (2′) and draw a vertical line from top to the bottom of the plywood. Use that line to center your tree trunk on (see image below).
  • Break up drawing the tree into different sections (draw the trunk first, then when completed add your branches).
  • Make the trunk width about 4-5 inches at the bottom and slowly taper to a point at the top.
  • As you add your branches make sure they get narrower as they go out.
  • Don’t worry about messing up. It’s just marker and you’ll be painting over it!

Cutting the First Piece of Plywood

I used this super inexpensive, but awesome Ryobi jigsaw to cut out my tree shape. Surprisingly it was pretty easy and was actually the first time I ever used a jigsaw. I’d recommend using a fine jigsaw blade, which will give you the least amount of splintering as you cut.

For your first cut start at the bottom of your tree trunk and cut out the sections on both the right and the left of trunk below the first branch. Go slow and do your best to stay on your Sharpie line. If you want, you can make the cut in one fell swoop or cut up to the first branch, pause and then cut the bottom of the first branch and meet up where your last cut left off.

In order to cut some of the interior sections of your tree that don’t have an opening, you’ll need to drill a hole first using a large drill bit. I found it’s easiest to drill these holes at the intersection of a branch and the trunk. Once you have that pilot hole just insert your jigsaw blade into the hole and make the interior cut.

Cutting the Next 3-4 Trees

After you get your first tree cut, you can use it as a stencil for the next 3-4 pieces of plywood. I ended building my tree shelf out of 4 pieces of 3/4″ thick plywood and while it can hold most smaller books, 5 pieces of plywood may have been the way to go. I’ll leave that decision up to you!

Stencil your next 3-4 pieces of plywood with a Sharpie and cut out the negative spaces as you did with the first piece of plywood. The goal here is to cut each new piece of plywood as close as you can to the first one. The closer you can get each of these pieces to each other, the better they’ll match up when you screw them all together.

Combining the Plywood & Leveling Your Edges

Once you have your 4-5 trees cut out, you’ll want to make sure that you get all 4 or 5 pieces of plywood as close as you can to identical. The best way to do this is to use a router and a special bearing bit.

To start, screw only your original/first stenciled tree and second cut tree together. When doing so make sure to put your screws in the very center of the trunk or branch and we’ll be trimming the edges with our router and don’t want to hit a screw.

Once they are screwed together you can rest the bearing part of your router bit against the original stencil. The bearing bit allows you to just run/roll your router along the original stencil without cutting it, while cutting the lower second piece of plywood, so it matches the original.

After you’ve routed around the entire tree, screw on your next tree and repeat the process again and again until all 4-5 pieces of plywood are nearly identical.

Sanding & Filling the Gaps Between Trees

After you’ve evened out the sides or your tree with your router you’ll most likely have some rough edges. Sand down these edges using a palm sander. I have this super inexpensive – but awesome – DeWalt palm sander that also has a dust catcher. This palm sander will take care of most of the sanding, but you’ll need to hand sand in most of the tight nooks.

After sanding you’ll want to fill the gaps between the plywood. Filling these gaps will make your tree look like one solid piece of wood once painted.

For my project, I used DAP’s Plastic Wood. This stuff is awesome as it goes on pink and when it’s done drying it turns white. For my project, I needed roughly two tubs. Once your wood filler dries then just smooth out any bumps with sanding paper or a sanding block and you’re ready to paint.

Cutting Your Tree to Fit Flush with Your Baseboards

Before you paint you’ll want to cut roughly 3.5″ off the back two pieces of plywood on the bottom of your tree trunk. This cut will account for the baseboards and quarter round trim in your little one’s room and allow the rest of your tree to sit nice and flush against the wall.

I’d suggest taking the exact measurement of the height of your baseboards, drawing a horizontal line and cutting with something safe and easy, like a hand saw.

If you take a look at base of the tree shelf below you can see exactly what this cut looks like and the purpose it serves.

Also, if you love our white floors check out our post here after on how to prep and paint your hardwood floor white.

Painting Your Tree-Shaped Book Shelf

Once you have your tree bookshelf completely sanded you can then paint. There’s not much to this step! Pick an awesome color and put on 2-3 coats of paint.

Securing Your Bookshelf with Wall Anchors

This bookshelf is pretty heavy. With that being the case you’ll want to make 100% certain that it’s secured properly to the wall.

Step One: Place your tree shelf against the wall in your desired location.

Step Two: Use a stud finder to find out where your studs are located. The goal here is to find at least one stud left of the trunk and one stud right of the trunk.

Step Three: Make a mark on your tree branches to notate where the center of your stud is located and where we’ll be attaching our anchors. I’d suggest marking the center of our studs on at least two of the branches on each side of the trunk.

Step Four: Attach your anchors to the back of the tree with a screw making sure the second hole of the anchor will line up with the mark you just made on the wall for the studs.

Step Five: Place your tree up on the wall and use your anchors to attach the bookshelf to your studs.

Tree Shaped Bookshelf Conclusion

This is truly one of the most awesome things I’ve built. Every mom, dad and kid that comes over loves it! Also, it’s been in my daughter’s room for four and a half years and I’m sure will stay for plenty more years to come!

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Wooden shelf for books

Wooden shelf for books

Wooden shelf for books

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After a bit of googling, I found several interesting options, and one of them sunk into my soul so much that I decided to bring it to life. When the elements are dry, assemble by securing their connection with nails or screws. In the photo, the cardboard looks good, but in real life the wooden product will look better, although this is a matter of taste, and if desired, you can paint it at least somehow. You can use the bookshelf design to teach kids how to organize their room. We need an old timber that does not have a rotten core inside. in this article will provide an opportunity to find additional information on the above topic.

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DIY shelf decor in colonial style

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How to decorate a shelf with your own hands? It is possible to transform the bookshelves in the house, give them a new look, using very simple decorating techniques.

A bookshelf will look good on an empty empty wall, you can place books on it.

Bookshelves can be used not only to store books, but also to become an integral part of the interior of your apartment.

DIY bookshelf decoration design

You can place your favorite items, photos, souvenirs, various accessories on the bookshelves. If you have a lot of hardcover books, you can turn your bookshelf into one of the original room decor items. Let's look at a few ideas.

  1. Books can be grouped by color. If there are not many books of the same color, then you can group them by the same type of cover. At the same time, the decor of the shelf can be supplemented with several mirrors, figurines.
  2. Completely fill the shelf with books, and in the foreground put a picture in a beautiful frame. This design will be very extravagant and will surely attract attention.
  3. Wallpaper the inner wall of the shelf and paint it in your favorite color or to match the interior of the room. It can be not just a solid color, but some kind of pattern or ornament. The choice depends on your taste and style of the surrounding interior.
  4. You can arrange picture books or magazines with the cover forward. This can be done on the two bottom shelves. Thus, in accordance with the interior of your room, you can create certain decor accents. Here you can also place your photos.
  5. Select any one color as the main color. It looks simple and elegant at the same time. The base color will go well with other colors, such as white. This is a wonderful way to highlight collectibles, souvenirs and other accessories.
  6. If the room is small, then you can choose an excellent way to place books. You can hang the racks vertically by placing them on the wall from the bottom up. Such a design can be designed not only for books, but also for storing documents and any other things that are necessary at hand.
  7. If your room has an unfilled empty wall, you can place a bookshelf on it. You can fill it by folding books vertically, horizontally, alternating them in combination with souvenirs or accessories that are dear to you.

If the room is small, then you can make racks and hang them vertically, placing them along the wall from the bottom up.

Keep balance when creating an interior. The combination of colors, paintings, personal photographs, sculptures and souvenirs - everything should be presented in moderation. In order not to destroy the beauty of the interior you have created, it is better to place things that you use daily on the bottom shelf.

Bookshelves, like any other part of the interior of a modern apartment or country house, must meet certain requirements:

  1. Bookshelves should match the design style of the room and harmonize with the furnishings.
  2. They should fulfill their main function - to be a place to store books.
  3. They should be comfortable, roomy and match the volume of the number of books that need to be placed.

With your own hands, you can make various and very original bookshelves in design. Products that have an unusual, non-standard shape look very beautiful and stylish.

It is better to take spruce or pine as the material for the shelf.

Even a classic style can transform bookshelves into a tree with branches, for example. In such a design, the base of the bookshelf can act as a tree, and racks for books can act as branches.

You can make bookshelves made in the form of honeycombs with your own hands. Such products can be made of wood or materials that imitate a wooden surface.

A very original design of the herringbone bookshelf. It has a classic style, and at the same time looks very impressive in various design designs. This design will help to avoid a long search for the necessary book and at the same time will be an excellent decoration of the room. Bookshelves of various decor can be created with your own hands, according to your taste, using all your imagination in design development.

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Colonial suspended structures

You can make your own hanging structure from colonial-style shelves. It is perfect for a colonial style living room, a beach resort style bathroom, a nautical style nursery.

Materials and tools:

  • wooden boards or finished shelves with finished edges;
  • wood paint brown or dark blue;
  • flat wide brush;
  • hemp or sisal twine, 2-3 cm in diameter, imitating a sea rope;
  • wooden sticks.

Work sequence:

  1. It is necessary to drill holes in the boards corresponding to the diameter of the twine.
  2. Paint the boards in the desired color. Pass the twine on the front in the following order: first through the bottom board, then the middle board, then the top board. After that, the free part of the twine is left for hanging. Then the twine is threaded in reverse order through the top, middle and bottom boards. Using a level, adjust the level of the boards. Tie the end of the twine in a large knot.
  3. Cut wooden sticks into small pieces. They need to be threaded into the twine under the boards in order to fix each board in a horizontal position.
  4. The structure must be hung on a strong steel hook.
  5. Arrange the necessary items on the shelves.

This design can be used for books, for small things and in the bathroom, to place the necessary accessories on it.

Bookshelves, hanging shelves in the bathroom and other rooms have long been an integral part of every home.

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