I wasn’t going to post this “Pallet Christmas Tree” until next month. I honestly thought it would take that long to make. This was so incredibly easy. The hardest part is finding a pallet.
This is how my Pallet Christmas Tree came to be…
Last Christmas, I had come across one where the bulbs were actually glued to the pallet. It was just bulbs, no lights, garland, stump. It was beautiful, and sounded easy, so I jotted the idea down in my notes for Christmas 2014. I wasn’t sure how I would make mine look, but I would figure it out then.
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When we received our DIY Fire Pit Kit last Summer, I asked my hubby to save the pallet it came on. He actually didn’t hear me, and put it out to the curb. GHASP! Luckily I noticed it, and asked him to bring it back in, lol. It sat in our garage until last night. I brought it in and planned on sanding it, but I really didn’t feel like it, so I vacuumed all the dust/dirt off of it, and didn’t sand a thing. After all, I wanted it very rustic.
Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something crawling. It was a tiny, tiny spider. I didn’t think much until I saw another, and another. Okay, the whole family was making an appearance, so I decided to hold up. We stuck it back outside, and sprayed the heck out of it with basic bug spray. Then I let it dry.
After about an hour, I brought it back in, and painted it with white paint I had on hand. Any paint will due. I purposely painted it lightly, so some of the wood would show through.
While it was drying, I collected the decorations. The Christmas lights I had, 90% of the silver & gold ornaments I had collected weeks prior from our local thrift stores. I decided on a silver & gold theme early on, so I also collected anything I could decorate the tree with including the silver & gold foil star garland. Little did I know, this stuff was going to work really well. It was easy to wrap around the nails.
So, I grabbed a handful of nails (glue did not work for me), and started at the top hammering the nails in. I’ve labeled the photo below with x’s where I put the nails. I started with the “female” end of the lights and I put the first bulb on the first nail to light up the star, and then zig zagged my way down.
Then, I did the star foil garland from nail to nail, allowing some of it to “coil” or “curl” here and there.
Then I attached the star just by putting it on the first nail. I did the same with ornaments hanging them like we do on a normal Christmas tree with the little hooks. I had to add a few nails in bare spots on the pallet to hang the ornaments there.
This is even prettier in person. We will cherish this Pallet Christmas tree for years to come. I’m in love with it.
I hope you make one!
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