I still have a lot of this free weathered wood stored in a wood shed.
How to make a Pallet Christmas Tree
Loosely following Donna’s tutorial I cut my fence boards on an angle using my compound miter saw. I started out with 9 boards, but as I worked with the boards, I made a few changes.I used fence boards, however, you could easily use pallet boards to make this project.
Make the pallet Christmas tree stand
Some of the weathered 2x4’s and a 4x4 post from my stash were used to make the base and the “trunk” of the tree. I used two smaller 2x4’s attached to a longer 2x4 with wood screws.
I placed that on the bottom of the 4x4 and used very long 4” wood screws to secure the cross 2x4 to the 4x4 trunk.
You can see how I placed the screws.
More 4” wood screws were used to secure the remainder 2x4 to make the base of my rustic Christmas tree.
Dry fit of boards using brad nails
I removed two of the middle boards (randomly). I took some off, put some back on, so I lost track of which two I actually removed. Tip: Did you know you can temporarily secure boards like this with brad nails in a nail gun?
note: my new truck in the carport! My first truck and probably my last vehicle.
Board sizes for DIY Christmas tree
After I got my tree configured, I wrote the measurements down so I could tell you the widths of the boards. hehehehe NOTE to self, use more moisturizer!
Secure boards with wood screws
The dry fit was a good idea, because I wasn’t thrilled with the placement. Too much of the post was visible. I removed them one by one, securing them with 1 ¼” wood screws.
Paint reclaimed wood Christmas Tree
When this gallon of paint was nearly empty, I added some water to it so I would have a ready made whitewash solution handy at all times. The handy dandy lid is from cansealid . I love these lids! So much easier to put on and take off. You know how you keep a can of paint for a long time, and the rim of the can gets all goopy and the lid no longer wants to tap on? No problem with these lids. I painted the tree with my favorite cheap chip brush. I keep them forever because they are like fine wine—they improve with age.
Ta-da! I love it. While I had it in the driveway, several of the neighbors remarked about how they loved it too.
Here it is with my Christmas Trees For Sale sign (inspired by Joanna Gaines)
I won’t be decorating this tree, it’s headed to my booth at Vendors’ Village.
Several years ago I made some smaller reclaimed fence wood Christmas trees using smaller, thinner boards.
How would you decorate this tree, and would you use it indoors or outdoors?