DIY Pallet Wood Christmas Tree

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If you’re a last minute, plant killing, money saving human like I am, then oh man do I have the project for you. Christmas is really close, and I just started decorating! Why? Mostly because I’m insanely busy. But, also because I couldn’t come to grips with the idea of taking care of another plant. Problem solved. I created our tree out of pallets this year! Want to learn how? You can! Here and on YouTube!

All kidding aside, I really suck at taking care of plants. Pretty sure I’ve killed every single on I’ve ever owned… yes, including ones you barely need to water. I swear I’m cursed. So, to save money, aggravation, and a poor plant’s life, I decided to tackle my insanely large pile of pallets and create a tree from them!

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Don’t want to read all about it? No sweat, you can watch the full tutorial on YouTube!

Here’s how I did it…

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What You’ll Need:

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Tools
Miter Saw
Nail Gun
Sander
Tape Measure

Materials
Pallets
Wood Glue
(I used DAP Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive)
Brad Nails

The Steps:

1. Gather your pallet boards and lay them out on the floor in an order that makes you happy.

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2. Cut an angle guide by setting your miter saw to 30 degrees and making a triangle from scrap wood.

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3. Use the guide to trace your first piece – the top of the tree.

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4. Use a measuring tape to measure 3/4″ inward from the end of the first triangle. Make sure to mark both sides. These markings will be where you will start your next piece.

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5. Continue to use your guide to make your tree. Each level will start 3/4″ inward on both sides from the one above.

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6. Keeping the miter saw to one side, make 30 degree cuts on one side of the tree.

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7. Once one side of the tree is done, flip the miter saw to the opposite 30 degree marking and cut the other side.

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8. Place your pieces back together on the floor in order.

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9. Flip your pieces over. Cut & attach support beams for the back. Use wood adhesive and a nail gun. My tree will be leaning against the wall, so it didn’t make sense to create a stand.

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10. Sand your tree.

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11. Place your presents underneath and display with pride!

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This project was a fun excuse for me to get rid of some of the wood I had laying around. Plus, it looks way cute in our new apartment,Β and I won’t be killing any christmas trees in the near future. WIN.

Already have a tree this year? No sweat! Make sure to Pin It for later!

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There are tons more holiday and pre-New Year ideas coming up on the blog, so be sure to keep an eye out! In the meantime, I hope you’ll share some projects you’ve been working on to my hashtags on social media: #diyhunted & #diyhuntress. I love seeing what you guys are working on!

Until next time!

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* A huge holiday thank you to DAP Products for sponsoring this holiday post! Although they helped spread the cheer, all design ideas and opinions are my own.

2 Comments

  1. Really neat, Sam. I like how you used pallet wood even for the backer supports. While I do have a tree, I think I’d like to make one of these as decoration for another room in our house. Thanks for the inspiration!

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