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Project Guide

Christmas Tree Holiday Pallet Decoration

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Measure and Mark
a cut list showing measurements for each piece of wood

Measure and mark out the lumber according to the cut diagram:

  • Three 48-inch sections from the 1 x 8-inch x 12-foot common board 
  • Two 48-inch sections from the 1 x 6-inch x 8-foot common board 
  • Two 30-inch sections from the 1 x 4-inch x 6-foot common board
Make the Cuts
a person using a saw to cut plywood
  • Using a circular saw, cut along all the marks you just made. 

Tip: Smooth rough edging with a sanding sponge. 

Assemble the Boards
a woman assembling pieces of plywood together
  • Lay all five of the 48-inch boards flat on a table, alternating between the 8-inch and 6-inch wide boards. 
  • Leave a 1/4-inch gap between all of the boards. 

Tip: To help keep spacing even between the five boards, use two paint sticks side by side between each board to give a uniform gap. (2 paint sticks = 1/4-inches)

Attach the Bracing
a person screwing pieces of plywood to each other
  • Center one 30-inch board horizontally across the five 48-inch boards about 3 1/2-inches down from the top, and secure using two wood screws in each board. 
  • Repeat on the bottom with the remaining 30-inch board.
Paint or Stain
a person applying paint to a strip of plywood
  • Paint or stain the board as desired. 
  • Go with a modern look, like we did in these pictures, or personalize your project with a pattern or image special to your family.
Attach the Ornaments
a person using a glue gun to stick ornaments on a pallet
  • Use a glue gun to glue your ornaments in a fun holiday shape. 
  • Try a Christmas tree shape over a solid colored background, a holiday word, or just a random pattern. 

Safety: When working with a glue gun, take care not to get your fingers anywhere near the glue gun tip or the hot glue.