Today I thought I’d share a project I made for my in-laws to enjoy this holiday season. I had seen projects similar to this on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try. I’m so glad I did, because this Pallet Christmas Tree is a perfect decoration for the season, and it doesn’t take up much space!
My husband helps me with a lot of projects, but I’ve been wanting to learn how to use more hand tools on my own. I had taken a shop class in junior high school, but I was scared of using saws to cut wood. So my friend, Jack, did it for me when Mr. Greene wasn’t looking. I confess! But with my husband’s help, I conquered that fear and I am so proud to tell you I cut the wood for this project myself!
My sweet hubby had already dismantled the pallet for me. I think that’s the hardest part of the project, so I’m glad he took care of it! I arranged the wood pieces in the tree formation on one side, and marked the proper lengths before cutting the boards to size. A little sanding, and then the pallet boards were ready for paint.
I used my trusty Home Interiors Chalk Paint by Folk Art to paint the front of the boards. My husband helped me attach the boards to the base board with some construction glue adhesive. This stuff is really strong! I was a little skeptic, but he proved me wrong.
I could have used my printer or Cricut for the lettering, but I decided to write my message by hand. I didn’t want the letters to look too perfect to keep the rustic look of the pallet wood. I wrote the message with chalk first, then painted the letters with white paint and a paintbrush to make the lettering more visible.
My husband made the base for me by cutting two pieces of pallet wood to fit around the center wood post and used the construction glue adhesive to join all together. It worked perfectly!
I had actually spray painted some wooden stars to make ornaments and hadn’t gotten around to it yet, so I grabbed one and hot-glued it to the top of the post. Every Christmas tree needs a shining star, right?
I was really happy with how this project turned out. My only regret is that I made it for a gift. Now I have to make one for myself!
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