DIY Hidden Book Tree

DIY Hidden Bookshelf Tree

If you’ve ever searched for a Kid’s Room Bookshelf on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen one of those Tree-Shaped designs. You know, the limbs of the tree hold books up against the wall. Well… they’re fake. They use cut down books to stage the look (gasp) or use an angle that doesn’t show the shelves are over a foot deep.

A Better Bookshelf Tree

I know. The magic is gone. Ha! But a while back I came up with a better solution for a Hidden Bookshelf Tree that’s a perfect addition to a nursery or kid’s room with rustic decor. Little hands can easily find books and put them away with this easy build! No really… it’s extremely easy! This project was originally posted on Ryobi Nation where you can get full plans for free!

Book Tree Cut Out

Tools Need

  • Miter Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • 18 Gauge Brad Nailer
  • Drill Driver
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Pocket Hole Jig (optional)

Build Materials & Supplies

  • (2) 1/2″ 2’x4′ Sanded Plywood Sheets
  • (1) 1x6x72″ Board
  • (1) 8″ scrap piece of 4×4 or 4″ thick (dried) tree limb or stump

Build Notes

DIY Plywood Guide

This is an extremely easy build. Final dimensions are 52.75H x 24″ W x 6.5″ D. I recommend stacking your sheets of plywood when you cut out your tree shape with your Jigsaw so you only have to cut it once. Plus it will match perfectly! Also, be conscious of sharp corners on your tree shape… unless you want your kid wearing an eye patch…

~ Lazy Guy

Like projects for kid’s rooms? Check out this changing table or these other great builds!

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