How To Make A Pallet Christmas Tree

Copeland Design demonstrates how to make a pallet Christmas tree in this upcycling project.  I’d love to see a picture of the finished item with the advent calendar bags. 🙂

Make sure you wear protective eye wear when working with the pallets as you don’t want to end up with a splinter in your eye!

It looks like hard work taking those pallets apart, just be careful how you do it as you don’t want to split the wood.  If you are going to use screws to fix this together, make sure you pre-drill the holes to minimise the risk of the wood splitting.


Pallet Wood Usage – Safety

Please be careful about the pallet that you use for this project.  Pallets are typically either heat-treated (heated to a high temperature to seal the wood) or treated with methyl bromide – a toxic pesticide linked to human health problems and ozone layer depletion.

  • Look for pallets that have the IPPC seal and an “HT” stamp,which means it was heat-treated rather than sealed with chemical pesticides.
  • Avoid unmarked pallets or those stamped with an “MB” for methyl bromide.
  • Also, try and source pallets that were not used to ship food, chemicals or other materials that may have contaminated the wood.

The materials and equipment that you’ll need to make your upcycled pallet Christmas tree are shown below.

  • Old pallets
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Safety glasses
  • Hammer
  • Block of wood
  • Crowbar
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Staple gun and air compressor (optional)
  • Drill and screwdriver
  • Mitre saw / chop saw or a hand saw
Did You Know?

Wrapping paper and shopping bags account for about 4 million tons of trash each year in the U.S. It is estimated that if every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

If they reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. Due to the materials (dyed, coated, laminated, plastic) wrapping paper and ribbon are typically difficult to be recycled.

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Take reusable shopping bags with you when you go shopping and cut down on the plastic bags, you could also reuse old wrapping paper and gift bags.  You can also use reusable items to present your gifts such as mugs, baskets, decorative boxes, jars and fabric for gift wrapping!

Why not check out some homemade Christmas ornament ideas here:

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