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Wood Pallet Christmas Tree

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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!

the beginning...

the beginning…

all that work pulling apart for just a few boards...

all that work pulling apart for just a few boards…

building the base

building the base

building the base

building the base

branches on, lined and ready to cut with circular saw

branches on, lined and ready to cut with circular saw

base done!

base done!

star cut from scrap wood

star cut from scrap wood

roughed up

roughed up

Nolan helping

Nolan helping

lights on and tested

lights on and tested

decorated

decorated


2 thoughts on “Wood Pallet Christmas Tree

  1. Mabel

    14 Jan on 2015 at 1:43 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

  2. Alina Farago

    14 Jan on 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I was the happy receipient of this wonderfull Christmas Tree. Its a masterpiece of a decoration in my front yard and I will hate taking it down. It will adorn my front yard
    for many Christmases to come. Thank you for all of your meticulous hard work and allowing me to be the first to receive another of your works of art. It is a treasure to have you as a friend and daughter in law

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