Every little thing you love -- from teensy toys to mismatched collections of vintage holiday items -- has a home on this tree. Start by choosing a palette (we picked bright, happy colors), then fill pipes accordingly: We spray-painted plastic toy animals, spelled out joy and merry with letter magnets, and interspersed tiny wrapped presents, Advent calendar-style. Play around with the placement until you like the overall look (avoid grouping similar objects).
No room for a fulsome tree in a smaller den or living room? No problem. This tree is less than six inches deep and can hang on or lean against a wall.
About the Tree
Everything you need to make this tree is readily available at your local home center: plywood, PVC pipe, a saw, and epoxy. This wood is four by six feet, but you can adjust the size.
PVC pipe, 1" to 4.5" diameter, from $2 for 2 ft., homedepot.com
Loctite five-minute instant-mix epoxy, $5 for .47 oz., homedepot.com
Thread-wrapped temari-ball ornaments, abchome.com