Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Our (Pallet) Christmas Tree

Last night we listened to Christmas carols, took turns keeping HP from a complete meltdown as bedtime approached, burned dinner due to distraction, and most importantly--decorated our very own pallet Christmas tree.

Here's the finished product:

The project is fairly self-explanatory, but here are the steps if you would like to make your very own pallet tree:

(1) Find an abandoned pallet.  We found ours next to a dumpster at the charter school in our neighborhood and were lucky that it was in such good shape. 

(2) Paint or stain the pallet.  We went with a stain so it would retain the natural wood look (and because we didn't have a background paint on hand).  It was amazing how the stain transformed the pallet from a dumpster find to something worthy of being brought into the house.

(3) Paint a tree onto the pallet.  We spent hours outside figuring out the best angles and design, but when the time came I didn't follow any of our lines and just painted freehand.  Turns out I was over thinking it.

(4) Hammer in nails to hang ornaments.

(5) Hang on wall and decorate to your heart's content!

I'm so pleased with the way it turned out.  Even if we get a real tree in the future, I think we'll continue to hang this one as a decoration to remember our first Christmas as a family of three.


  1. It's so beautiful! I couldn't tell in the FB picture that you had stained it and that the tree part is green. I'm also pretty impressed that you freehanded it!

  2. I love it!!!! What color did you use??? I like that it isn't "green"

    1. Thanks! We used leftover paint from painting our guest room. The color is "sage blossom", which is a light minty-green.

  3. This is absolutely adorable - well done!

  4. Nice DIY Christmas tree pallet simple but serves its purpose. I have other project idea for the pallet. I will use it as frame to my indoor koi pond project
    liquidation pallets