The second I saw one of my FB friends from high school post a photo similar to this that her husband had done, I knew I had to make one for Christmas. I couldn’t post this prior to the holiday because I made one for my mother-in-law, and she would have seen one of her presents! Jen, I’ll make you one next year I ended up having to use two wood pallets to get one Christmas tree, so my original plan/quantity was cut in half!!
If you have a lot of tools this is an easy project (miter saw, circular saw, nail and air gun, scroll saw). The hardest part was pulling the crates apart. I had a lot of the wood break in half, and my arms were KILLING ME from pulling out nails. Maybe I earned a little muscle with this project. Once I had my wood pieces, the project went pretty quick, just a little over an hour on the building portion.
I can’t give you specific measurements to this because I truly just eyeballed everything. I used the 2x4s ends of the pallets for the base. As you can see from the photos, I just placed the pieces out on the floor and nailed together a rectangle for the base/trunk. I did the same for the sides. I literally placed them on the floor, penciled in my lines, and cut the angles with the miter saw. I measured/eyeballed where I wanted the branches to land and nailed them in on the first side. I penciled in where I wanted the cuts, and ran the circular saw right down each side. Once that was complete, I did the same for the back side. Probably not a great explanation, the pictures will help better with the steps!
For the star, I used scrap wood that I had lying around. I found a template of a star from one I had in the house, then cut one out with my scroll saw.
My super-duper-sander-painter-husband prettied it up with some spray paint and sanding to keep the ‘rough’ look. It looked fantastic! I then added small cup hook holders and some cheap-o decorations and lights from Ocean State Job Lot to decorate. It turned out great, I hope Alina liked it!