Wednesday, December 09, 2015

DIY pallet Christmas tree

i'm linking up with The Circle to share Christmas decorations & traditions!

over Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law was making a pallet tree to use in her classroom for Christmas decorations. my father-in-law got a few pallets from work, so he cut us and my sister-in-law a tree also! i had actually been talking about making a pallet tree to use as our #lowkeyChristmas tree, so it worked out perfect that 1/2 the work was already done for us! ;)

my mother-in-law painted her tree green, decorated it with red and white designs, and then put it on a brown stand so it looks like a real tree! i love the way hers came out & i think it's perfect for her classroom at school.

thomas & i wanted to do something a little different with ours, though. we are actually using it in our living room as our Christmas tree (#budgetfriendly), but we wanted it to be a decoration + tree all in one. we stained ours a dark brown & used white paint to add our words because i just love the contrast of those colors.

i wanted to write something meaningful on our tree, but also wanted it to be something that wasn't overused at Christmas time. one of our Christmas traditions is listening to Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb cd while we decorate & all throughout the Christmas season. so we decided to use the Bible verse that the title came from. John 1:29 "The next day he(John) saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'"

we realized we couldn't fit all of those words on our limited number of boards, so we decided to use the wording in Andrew Peterson's song instead & that fit perfectly on our tree. we added a yellow star at the top because it is a Christmas tree after all, and we just love the way it came out! we plan to use this as our Christmas tree for a while, but in the future if we get a real tree again, we will use this one as a porch decoration!

materials needed:

step 1) obtain a father-in-law that has access to old pallets
step 2) have father-in-law and mother-in-law cut pallet into a tree shape (by tracing lines with pencil & using handsaw to cut out a triangle)
*once the triangle is cut, you have a complete tree because all of the boards are already nailed together!
step 3) have father-in-law and mother-in-law offer you said tree shape
step 4) stain and/or paint the tree shape
step 5) once dry, add your stenciling and decorations to the tree
step 6) have said father-in-law build a stand for your tree
*he built the stand out of 2x4's using 2 vertical for the back board of the pallet to slip into for support, and then 4 boards act as "feet" to help it stand steady.
step 7) once paint is dry & stand is put on, display proudly in your house

do you have any handmade or out of the norm Christmas decorations?

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