Hi diyers, it's Joan from Scavenger Chic. I have a great pallet wood Christmas tree project to share with you!
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree
Pallet Wood Frame
This is actually a super easy diy, and it goes together really quickly if you have all the supplies on hand.
The 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.
Cut to length-attach to braces
Attach the pallet wood together from the back with a couple more pieces of pallet wood screwed together.
Cedar Shingles for Christmas Tree Decor
For my tree, I used several of these cedar shingles cut into 8 slats per board. These boards don't have to be exact, just close to the same size. If you don't have shingles, a pack or two of wood shims would also work.
For the best look, the wood should be slightly thicker on one end than the other.
Lay out Christmas tree design
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. A dry fit helps to design the pallet wood Christmas tree.
Continue to stack shingle pieces to form 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Click Here for more information about dismantling pallets.
All of your wood trees are awesome, Joan, and this you new one is too!
I have always loved your trees Joan!! Maybe this will be they year I make one!! Great job!!
Thanks Mindi, I know you're handy with a saw and these are so easy.
I LOVE all of your fabulous trees!! I'm with you, there's no way I'd venture out on Black Friday. Thanks for inspiring us at Vintage Inspiration Party.
Hi Joan, you've done a wonderful job (as usual) with these adorable trees. Love the rustic feel, and the fact that this now becomes an heirloom to hand down...thanks for showing us the details! Scavenger Chic is one of my all time favorite blogs, and it's such fun to see what you get up to!
What a sweet compliment. Thank you so much.
Wow so cool .I love this lady.everything she does is so very creative ,while using simple items.Ilook forward to her.
I love all of your rustic trees, and the tutorial you shared today for the pallet wood Christmas tree is so sweet! It's simple, but ohhh how perfect!
thanks for a great tutorial!
Love it yes I do. Pinned it yes I did. Have some cedar slats to make one yes I shall.
If you already have the cedar slats, you definitely have to. I think it's fate.
Wendi @ H2OBungalow
Absolutely love these..everyone of them! Pinned and sharing on my Facebook page. You are so clever Scavenger Chic!!