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A pallet Christmas tree was all I wanted this year. I have visions of two of them on either side of my mantle. So, I got inspired and decided to kick off some Christmas crafting a bit early and created some easy pallet Christmas tree instructions that anyone can follow.
These are actually really easy to make as you can buy the Christmas trees premade! Yep that is right! Read on to find out more about this pallet Christmas tree idea.
Pallet Christmas Tree Materials:
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- Pallet tree (click here to purchase one premade or click here to learn how to make one)
- Decoart Vintage Effect Wash (in white and grey)
- Paint brush
- Lumberjack plaid flannel
- Cricut Maker (Want to see the difference between the machines? I compared the Cricut Maker and Explore here.) NOTE: My recommendation is to use the Maker for all fabric projects including this one.
- Stiff felt in white
- Tacky glue
- Staple gun
Pallet Christmas Tree Instructions:
Start with the pallet Christmas tree and the vintage effect wash. Paint on a coat of grey first, allow to sit a few minutes, and then wipe away any excess with a rag.
Want to see more about this product? You can click here for a video I did all about how to use this product and the effect on different surfaces.
Basically, it washes the surface with color while still leaving a bit of the wood grain to show through. It is perfect for farmhouse style projects like this one.
This time, however, I wanted to use two different colors of the wash on one project. I used the grey first and then the white.
Once you wipe away the excess with the grey, go right on top with the white. Allow to sit for a few minutes, and then wipe away excess with a rag. This gives your project a lighter grey appearance.
In the following picture, the one on the right just has grey while the one on the left has the white over the grey. Continue until your entire pallet Christmas tree has been covered. Set aside and allow to dry.
You can now begin to cut your fabric. Click here to access the cut file in Cricut Design Space.
There are enough pieces in that file to make two of the trees shown. Including two stars to cut from burlap, two from stiff white felt, and many, many flannel flags.
Remove all of your items from the Cricut mat once your cuts are complete. Then iron the flags in half as shown below. You might also have to trim a few stray threads from the flannel with scissors.
Use caution when removing the burlap from the mat! It will fray and fall apart so just carefully lift to keep it in one piece. Then you will layer the burlap over the stiff white felt. Use tacky glue all the way around the edges of the burlap and put it on top of the felt star. Set aside to dry.
Once your tree is dry, start laying out your flannel flags onto the pallet Christmas tree any way that you like.
Then add the flags to the twine using the tacky glue all the way around the edges as shown below. Wrap around the twine and press together. These will then need to dry.
Be sure to leave excess twine in between rows as shown below in order to be able to wrap around the back and secure into place.
Once everything is dry, you can begin to assemble your pallet Christmas tree project. Use a staple gun on the back to secure each row of twine into place.
On the ends, you also want to use the staple gun, but tie the twine around it as well.
Glue your star to the top of the tree with tacky glue. Set your entire pallet Christmas tree project aside and make sure it is completely dry before using it in your farmhouse holiday decor.
This rustic pallet Christmas tree is perfect for those that want to add a little farmhouse style to their Christmas decor this year.
I love how this one turned out! Y’all stay tuned to see them on either side of my mantle once my Christmas decorations go up. I can’t wait to add them!
Would it be bad to start decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving is over?
Be sure to make your own pallet Christmas tree…or two.
Don’t love the plaid? Pick any fabric you love! I have cut several fabrics with my Cricut Maker and each one turned out perfectly.
What to Know When Making Your Own Pallet Tree:
As mentioned above, you can easily purchase a premade pallet tree and use it for your pallet Christmas tree projects. But if you want to be more hands on, you can make your own pallet tree.
But before you start sawing away, you should first read these must know tips when making your own pallet tree:
- Do this project outside. There’s going to be a lot of cutting and sanding, and wood shavings and sawdust would surely be falling off or flying around.
- Lay down a good size tarp to catch shavings for easier clean up afterwards.
- Work on a flat, sturdy work surface, ideally a workbench. If you don’t have one, you can make one by laying a flat board between two sawhorses on level ground.
- Choose a clear, unobstructed work area to avoid tripping on anything, especially when you have your saw out. Move all unused tools, equipment, and wires out of your work area.
- Wear proper safety equipment. The cutting process will create sawdust, which can become airborne and irritate your lungs and eyes. For this reason, you should wear protective eyewear, like safety glasses, and a dust mask.
Wood can also cause skin irritation from its roughness, or it can give you splinters. Wear gloves when working to protect your hands.
- Be careful when flipping your pallet. During the cutting process, you may have created splinters or jarred pieces of wood loose.
- Sand your pallet tree. In many cases, a quick hand sanding with a medium grit sandpaper, rated between 60 and 100, should take the roughness off your cut wood.
Focus on edges, burrs, and patches that appear splintery. Sand until the wood is smooth and even.
With automated sanders, pay close attention to screws and nails. These can tear the sandpaper, and can even do damage to your sander if you’re not careful.
When finished sanding, wipe away wood shavings with a clean, damp cloth, and your new pallet tree is good to go!
Love this and want more rustic Christmas ideas? Try these links!
- Plaid Christmas Table Ideas
- Burlap and Plaid Table Runner
- Plaid and Burlap Ornaments
- Plaid Ornaments for Your Tree
- Plus 12 more plaid Christmas crafts!
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