Pallet Wood Christmas Tree (and a Linky Party)

Pallet Wood Christmas Tree (and a Linky Party)

  12 days-junkers

pallet-wood-Christmas-tree

What is it about pallet wood?

It’s utilitarian and rough and nail-holed and simple and totally on the bottom rung of the wood hierarchy….

…..along with paint sticks and wood shims.

But there’s just something about it.

Truly.

Something about the texture and character and dings and dents.

And all that character.

And when it’s planed and sanded and cut and shaped and created…that rough, nail holed, over-looked and under appreciated piece of wood….

…becomes a thing of beauty.

(total aside:  you know I filed this away for a story).

Maybe that’s what makes me smile every time I see a pallet wood project.

I love an underdog….

….and I was rooting for it all along.

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Pallet Wood Christmas Tree

Supplies:

pallet boards or reclaimed lumber

wood glue

plywood

nails (or you can use a nail gun)

jigsaw

Step 1:  Disassemble the pallet

Remove the pallet boards from the pallet and rip each board down the middle.

Each board will then measure approximately 2 1/2″ wide.

(total aside number 1:  you don’t have to use pallet wood for this project.  You could use paint sticks or yard sticks or even random sticks from your yard.)

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Step 2:  Cut out a piece of plywood 18″ x 18″

Lay the pieces of pallet wood end to end and stagger them like bricks.

Glue the pieces of pallet wood down.

Then nail each piece in place.

 

Step 3:  Trace a basic outline of a Christmas tree

We went old school.  Triangles and straight lines and all that.

Draw a series of triangles and straight lines to create a tree that is 16″ tall and 12” wide on a sheet of paper.  You could also draw a smaller tree and take it to a copy shop and have the shape enlarged.

Then trace the tree on top of your plywood which now has rows of pallet wood glued and nailed on to it.

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Then cut out your tree that you’ve traced with a jig saw.

You will cut through the plywood and the pallet wood together at the same time.

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This is what the back of the tree looks like with the plywood side facing up.

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Step 4:  Frame the cut-out of the tree

Frame out the tree shape with pallet wood.

It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Just measure and cut pieces that fit around the edges.

Sometimes they won’t line up exactly perfectly.

That’s okay.

Character is perfect for a pallet wood tree.

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Because of the points of the tree….you will need to cut some of the pallet boards at an angle to form the edges (as shown).

Then nail the boards in place.

Sand the tree thoroughly to make sure you knock down all the rough edges.

Then finish it with wax or polyurethane.

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You could make a smaller version and a larger version.

My brother actually made one that was almost 5 feet tall for Whole Foods.

The possibilities are endless.

Here’s to the underdogs….

…..and the little tree that could. :)

 

PS  In case you love the trees….but don’t want to make them yourself….

….my brother is trying to raise money for his adoption journey and he just added a few to his ETSY shop.

 

And now…..just for today….the 12 days of Christmas bloggers

have teamed up with Junkers United to bring you even more Christmas inspiration and a linky party!

Christmas-junkers

Susan – Homeroad

Bliss – Bliss Ranch

Becky – Beyond the Picket Fence

Beth – Unskinny Boppy

Carlene – Organized Clutter

Laurel – Chipping with Charm

Breida – Breida with a B

Angie – Knick of Time

12-Days-of-Christmas-2013

day2donna

Donna from Funky Junk

day2songbird

Marianne from Songbird

day2shanty

Whitney and Ashley from Shanty2Chic

Inspired by charm

Michael – Inspired by Charm

Cassity – Remodelaholic

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We have a fun new Christmas Junk pin board on Pinterest that you’ll love!

You can see it HERE.

We will all be pinning our favorite Christmas junk projects from the link party into the pin board!

Can’t wait to see all your projects!

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Comments

  1. Fun linky party!! I love your Pallet Wood Christmas Tree KariAnne!

  2. Your rustic tree is amazing Karianne…love, love, love :)

  3. Love the pallet wood tree! I pinned it and will share it on FB too. Also took your fabulous color tour!

  4. Soooooo adorable! I’d leave this one out year around! Because, if I were to attempt those fancy miter cuts, I’d have to flaunt that every second of every day! Outstanding carpentry!

  5. This is super cute!!!

  6. Oops, you did it again. What a gorgeous version of the wood tree!

  7. OH, my darlin guess what came in the mail to my house not too long ago– my Son of a Whale Christmas orders! I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with them!! Gonna get them all staged up for their big photo debut on Friday’s housewalk. Woot!

  8. I saw a truckload of pallets this AM..You would have been in heaven..

  9. I love this. The angles scare me–I am so not good at them, but am going to try!

  10. This is seriously one of the coolest christmas projects I’ve seen all year!! I wish I had the patience / time to make one! Haha. So fab!!

    xo Michael

  11. Your writing is poetry, Karianne…and I couldn’t agree more about pallets being a thing of beauty.

    These trees are absolutely beautiful and your brother’s etsy shop is incredible! Pinning!

  12. I’m with you! I love the patina and texture of pallet wood, and I LOVE your pallet wood tree. It’s on my list of must-makes now. Thanks!

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