Take your little ones to the apple orchard to “pick” a book. Just trace our free template onto a piece of plywood, and then cut it out using a jigsaw. Add a few cup hooks for hanging books, and you’re done!


Cost: $28

Time: 1½ hours

Difficulty: Easy. The simple cuts make this a great project for practicing your jigsaw skills.




Palm Sander or Sanding Block

(1) ¾ x 2′ x 4′ Plywood

(8) 1 ½ inch Cup Hooks

Twine or Ribbon


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1. Create and Size a Template


On a large piece of paper, draw the outline of a tree that measures about 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide, or download our free Reading Tree Template and have it printed at a copy center (about $15). Cut out the outline of the tree using scissors.

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Reading Tree by Build Basic - Step 1

www.Build-Basic.com2. Prep the Template


If you’re using our free template, align the two sides, and place tape over the seam to hold the two sides together.
Reading Tree by Build Basic - Step 2


3. Trace the Outline


Place the outline on the plywood. Align the base of the tree with the bottom edge of the plywood. Tape the paper to the plywood in several places to keep it from shifting. Using a pencil, trace the outline of the template on the plywood.
Reading Tree by Build Basic - Step 3


4. Cut the Shape


Remove the template and set aside. Raise the plywood on blocks, or hang a section over the edge of the work surface. Using a jigsaw, cut along the outline of the tree.
Reading Tree by Build Basic - Step 4


5. Jigsaw Tool Tip


To cut notches like this one, cut up to the corner from one direction, and then stop and remove the jigsaw blade. Repeat along the adjacent edge until the cut lines meet.
Reading Tree by Build Basic - Step 5


6. Sand the Cutout


Using a palm sander or a sanding block, smooth the surface of the plywood and round over the edges.
Reading Tree by Build Basic - Step 6


7. Add the Books


Using a drill/driver, drill pilot holes through the plywood. Screw cup hooks into the pilot holes. Loop a string through the binding of each book and hang from the cup hooks.
Reading Tree by Build Basic - Step 7





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