Christmas Tree From Recycled Pallet

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Introduction: Christmas Tree From Recycled Pallet

Reusing scrap pallet wood for Christmas decorations

Supplies

  1. Old pallet, fence panel or scrap wood.
  2. Glue or wood screws.
  3. A saw. (I used a mitre saw, but a hand saw will do)
  4. Sanding paper (sander optional)
  5. Wood varnish (optional)
  6. LED strip or Christmas lights.

Step 1: Disassemble the Pallet

Taking a pallet apart should be self explanatory. My pallet had top boards that were 65mm and bottom ones 83mm. While the exact size doesn't matter, you can calculate how much wood you have and how big a tree you can make. I have added a drawing with key measurements in mm (sorry my imperial friends), but these can be modified according to available wood and desired size.

Step 2: Clean the Wood

When working with recycled materials it's important to check for anything that could damage your tools. Like this tiny stone that got pressed into the wood.

Step 3: Cut Wood to Length for Front Pieces

I didn't measure the length of cuts, but instead used a previous piece as a template. For pieces spanning entire design, I made sure that they would stack without overlap. For short pieces where the cut-out is, I cut the first two the same, and made every following pair 20mm shorter.

Step 4: Glue It Together

Stack and glue the pieces together. If you chose to use screws, you'll need some strips to hold the entire thing together.

Step 5: Cut and Glue the Side Skirts

Since we are working with lowest quality recycled wood and it can be not precisely 65mm, it is best to fit side boards on one at a time. Cut and fit boards all around the tree.

These will serve three functions:

  1. It will give a lot of strength for the project.
  2. A base to stand on or a place to hang it from.
  3. It will also give a mounting surface for the backlight.

Step 6: Sand It and Apply a Finish

This is optional.

I used a well worn pallet and wanted to get rid of some stains on the boards, but the tree looked mostly OK at this stage. I also put on a matt coat of polyurethane to give a little protection and help diffuse the lights.

You can see my finished tree and it looks decent even before I light it up.

Step 7: Light It Up

I put RGB LED strip inside all the way around in the very corner. If you don't have LED strip, regular Christmas lights will work just fine.

Place is against a wall and enjoy. By adjusting the distance to the wall behind it, you can get a perfectly balanced backlight.

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    11 Comments

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    1 year ago

    Pallet wood is wonderful.
    Nicely done.

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    DomasD2
    DomasD2

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks.
    "Pallet wood is wonderful." - Not sure about that.

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    DanPro
    DanPro

    Reply 1 year ago

    Well, some are better than others. Free crafting material is always nice.
    I've made some great stuff with pallet wood.

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    Pavlovafowl
    Pavlovafowl

    1 year ago

    Very elegant and after the festivities it would make a great wall light/light sculpture.

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    4DIYers
    4DIYers

    1 year ago

    Great work! Much better than having to cut down a real tree. We've been trying to think of a replacement instead of cutting down a real tree. We don't have any more room for planting a real tree.

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    Pavlovafowl
    Pavlovafowl

    Reply 1 year ago

    Just as an aside, we have had the same Nordmann fir providing our Christmas tree for 15 years. We bought it as a bare root for the first Christmas, then potted it up and brought in in for the next few Christmases. After that we planted it in the ground and it grew so well that the next year after that we could use the top for a medium but bushy Christmas tree. Every year since then we have used the top of the tree. Depending on the weather we get a different sized tree but that is part of the charm. Plus some years back the trunk split into two at the top, so we can leave one to grow on for the next year. As you can see from the picture below doing the latter can provide you with a sizable tree, much larger than you believed when looking up at it from the ground! All the best from Normandie, Sue

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    ellygibson
    ellygibson

    1 year ago

    This is really neat! I like that it looks sleek both when it's lit and when it's not. Great job and great i'ble!

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    tobywinks
    tobywinks

    1 year ago

    Super Cool. I love anything that turns trash to treasure

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    AnandM54
    AnandM54

    1 year ago

    Cool idea ... Beautiful pallet tree..!!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    Very nice job on this tree design and how you put it all together :)

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    DomasD2
    DomasD2

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks, glad you like it.