I still have a lot of this free weathered wood stored in a wood shed.
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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?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.