2 Quick & Simple DIY Christmas Trees Made Out of Pallets

Abbie M
by Abbie M
4 Materials
2 Hours

Have an old pallet lying around? Try these pallet Christmas tree ideas for the holidays! Check out the video for more how-to's! icon

Wooden pallet for the DIY projects

Pallet Christmas tree 1

Tracing the shape of the Christmas tree

Step 1: Trace

First, grab a yardstick and trace a triangle shape onto the pallet.

Cutting out the shape

Step 2: Cut

Next, cut out the traced shape with a saw.

Reinforcing the structure

Step 3: Reinforce

After that, grab 2 pieces of scrap wood and wood screw them into the back to reinforce it.

Attaching the base

Step 4: Create the base

Next, add a longer piece to the bottom to create a base so the tree can stand.

Painting the pallet Christmas tree

Step 5: Paint

After that, paint the pallet a color of your choosing or keep it bare.

DIY pallet Christmas tree

Step 6: Decorate

Finally, thread your tree with lights and add a bow. You can add ornaments, stars, and garlands; the possibilities are endless!

Pallet Christmas tree

This little tree is the perfect addition to brighten up your yard for Christmas!

Pallet Christmas tree 2

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Painting the pallet

Step 1: Paint

First, paint your pallet. I wanted a weathered look so I did a white wash method by not painting the pallet solid.

You can skip this step - but I wanted to be able to see my Christmas tree even when it wasn't lit.

Stapling the lights to the pallet

Step 2: Add lights

Next, attach lights using a staple gun. I started at the top and went from left to right with my pattern, stapling along the way.

I was mindful to carefully attach them by pulling away one of the three tiny strands and stapling it so I didn't staple through the wire.

If your strand of lights is super long, you can make fuller zigzags.

Decorating the pallet Christmas tree

Step 3: Add trunk.

Next, I stapled a piece of scrap pallet wood to the bottom of the trunk of my tree.

Note: if you're using an industrial stapler for this project, you won't be able to use it for the trunk so grab a hammer and a few nails to attach it.

Step 4: Decorate

After that, I stapled a big flower to the top. You can add a star or bow if you want. Then, I hung ornaments on the lights!

Pallet Christmas tree with lights

If you have room inside your home, you can lean it up against your wall over your fireplace, or just lean it outside your house like I did!

Pallet Christmas trees

I hope this inspires you to rescue an old pallet this holiday season!

What do you think of these pallet Christmas trees? Let me know in the comments below.

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