Hi diyers, it’s Joan from Scavenger Chic. Is it just me, or has this year just flown by? I hate to be the one to break it to you, but next Friday is Black Friday. And I am going to do what I do every year…hide in my house with a blanket pulled up over my head. You couldn’t pay me to go out shopping on that crazy day. On the day after Thanksgiving, I’m usually in no mood to go shopping. I’m usually working off a bit of my turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie hangover. I did a little research and apparently your chances of getting trampled are pretty low if you stay in your home. There are no lines and no crowds, no pushing and no shoving (at least in my house, your house may be a bit different).
So, if you are hiding in your home, you might as well start working on your Christmas decorating. This is actually a super easy diy, and it goes together really quickly if you have all the supplies on hand. First step is to gather the pallet wood you’re gonna use for your tree backing. This pallet wood was just under 3 feet in length though you can use any size you have, just trim it down so it is all the same length. Attach the pallet wood together from the back with a couple more pieces of pallet wood screwed together. For my tree, I used several of these cedar shingles cut into 8 slats per board. Boards were first cut in half, then each side was cut into quarters. They don’t have to be exact, just close to the same size. Hardware stores sell the shingles for about $10 a stack. If you don’t have shingles, a pack or two of wood shims would also work. The wood should be slightly thicker on one end than the other. On the pallet wood backing, you can start laying out your tree starting from the bottom. The thinner side of the slat is always at the top. Nothing is attached yet, this is just to get an idea of how many pieces you will need and what your tree will look like. Keep laying out the pieces until your tree is nice and full. You could leave your tree with that nice cedar color…I wanted a white tree. Each of my tree pieces were whitewashed with white paint mixed with a bit of water. There is no set recipe for watering down paint, if your paint is too thin, add more paint. If the paint goes on too thickly, add more water. Very scientific. The tree was attached to the pallet wood with construction adhesive (Liquid Nails). Just a glob wherever the slats would hit either the pallet wood or another slat. Keep adding slats until you have a nice full tree. Also added a tree trunk, a small log cut in half. The tree was basically done, but it needed a little something. Of course, a star. This star was cut out of thin plywood with a scroll saw.
You could leave the rustic tree as is, or with a few finishing nails, it’s a fully decorated tree.
Still need more pallet wood Christmas tree inspiration? This is my pallet wood tree from last year.
Or this years…another chance for you to make a tree from cedar shingles. This one is just over 6 feet tall and does double duty as an advent calendar.