Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

We have a lot of pets. A lot. Dogs AND cats. So this year as the holidays rolled around, we got to thinking how much of a disaster it would be to bring a real tree into our home. I have had a fake tree in the past and every morning would wake to find the cats had viciously tackled it to the ground in the night. Because heaven forbid we should let anything pretty live. I consulted Pinterest naturally and saw many variations of a pallet Christmas tree. Brent acquired the pallet and we got to work!!

You will want to pick a pallet that is fairly clean and tall.

We used a straight board to draw an angled line from the corner of the bottom “branch” of our tree to the top forming a triangle. To make it easier on ourselves, we didn’t make a point at the top, instead we went to the edge of the middle brace board to avoid having to cut through it.

We used a circular saw to cut along our angled lines and pried off the back boards. You will not need to pry apart the outside braces, so don’t make more work for yourselves!
Next we made a “tree stand” by using the front and back bottom boards and attaching them to one another with scrap wood to form a box.
Then we painted everything white. And I mean EVERYTHING. Keep in mind that people will be looking down at the tree so they will see inside the box as well as the top edges of all the branches.

We did not like the gap left between the top and second bough. It looked so much larger than all of the rest. We found a piece of scrap wood on the garage floor, painted it white, and nailed it on to the support board. Voila! Problem solved.

Finally I got to decorating!

We strung the ornaments on fishing line and used a simple knot to keep them in place yet still allow us to move them on the line with a gentle tug. It is basically the starting knot you use when tying your shoes. I used a manual hand stapler to staple the fishing line to the back of the boards where it would be out of sight. You may have noticed that there are no ornaments on the bottom bough. Or maybe you didn’t until I just mentioned it. I ran out, oops. I decided to frame the tree with the lights rather than stringing them back and forth, both to cover up the lack of ornaments and to not take away from the rest of the tree. I really like how the framing looks! This whole project cost around ten bucks and took an hour. $5 lights and $5 ornaments from good ol’ Walmart! LOVE IT!!

Christmas tree with the lights off!