Hi Dyers, it's Joan from Scavenger Chic. I have a tremendous pallet wood Christmas tree project to share with you!
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree
Pallet Wood Frame
This is a super easy DIY, and it goes together quickly if you have all the supplies.
The first step is to gather the pallet wood you will use for your tree backing. This pallet wood was just under 3 feet long, though you can use any size you have; trim it down so it is all the same length.
Cut to length-attach to braces
Attach the pallet wood from the back with a couple more pieces of pallet wood screwed together.
Cedar Shingles for Christmas Tree Decor
I used several of these cedar shingles cut into eight slats per board for my tree. These boards don't have to be exact, just close to the same size. A pack or two of wood shims would also work if you don't have shingles.
For the best look, the wood should be slightly thicker on one end than the other.
Lay out Christmas tree design.
You can start laying out your tree from the bottom on the pallet wood backing. The thinner side of the slat is always at the top. A dry fit helps to design the pallet wood Christmas tree.
Continue to stack shingle pieces to form a Christmas Tree
Continue to lay out the pieces until your tree is nice and full.
Optional-whitewash shingle boards
You could leave your tree with that nice cedar color...I wanted a white tree. Each of my tree pieces was whitewashed with white paint mixed with 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.
Attach shingle pieces with Liquid Nails.
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 lovely full tree. I also added a tree trunk, a small log cut in half.
The tree was done, but it needed a little something.
Cut star topper with scroll saw
Of course, a star. This star was cut out of thin plywood with a scroll saw.
Add ornaments to pallet Christmas Tree
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 year...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.