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75+ Creative DIY Pallet Christmas Tree Ideas (Easy to Make!)

Elaine is an avid crafter who enjoys celebrating beautiful DIY decorations.

If you can't have a real tree in your home, try one of these space-saving pallet Christmas tree projects!

If you can't have a real tree in your home, try one of these space-saving pallet Christmas tree projects!

Alternative Christmas Tree Projects Made From Pallets

Finding a tree can be tricky when you have limited space. That's why pallet Christmas trees are so popular: They take up minimal space, they're budget-friendly, and they're fun to make! You can play with size, scale, and color to achieve your desired look. Once you've found the idea that works for you, it's time to get crafting.

It's worth noting that the pallet tree can be reused year after year, so it's definitely worth investing some time in the process. If you love the look of raw and rustic designs, then consider upcycling other pieces of wood as well, like unfinished boards, scrap wood, panels from an old fence, or even old doors.

Here are some photo instructions for creating a cut pallet tree.

Here are some photo instructions for creating a cut pallet tree.

How Do You Cut a Christmas Tree Shape Out of a Pallet?

Pallets are easy to find, and it's so simple to create a tree shape from them. Sketch out a big triangle on the pallet, then use a saw to cut it out; a circular saw works well. Then decorate it, and you're set! You can also consider adding a stand with a thick dowel and/or some pieces of scrap wood.

By reusing pallets this way, you are also helping to protect the environment by upcycling the wood rather than wasting it. Plus, you get to exercise your creativity! You can decorate your pallet tree with paint, sparkling stars, or even just a string of lights. Try out one of the ideas shown below!

Simple Wooden Christmas Tree

Simple Wooden Christmas Tree

Simple Wooden Christmas Tree

Here's a simple tree made just like in the instructions above, with a sturdy stand built from extra wood planks. Wooden Christmas trees like this are a wonderful accent for your backyard, with or without the cute star topper. This photo shows the tree before any decorating has taken place, so it's a blank canvas for your imagination! Of course, it also looks very nice just as it is.

Red and Green Pallet Tree

Red and Green Pallet Tree

Red and Green Pallet Tree

With layers alternating between the traditional colors of green and red, this festive little tree is ideal for cramped spaces. The addition of lights makes the room feel bright, cozy, and relaxed. Why not stencil on some words as well, like a Christmas greeting or "We wish you a Merry Christmas"? Since this tree is so thin and small, it fits perfectly in the hallway or entryway of your house.

Pallet With Tree Outline

Pallet With Tree Outline

Pallet With Tree Outline

To recreate this idea, attach string lights to a pallet to form the shape of a tree. Decorate the "tree" with red, green, and silver baubles. The red star and green “M” really make it a standout—adding an initial is the perfect way to give your décor a personal touch! The lights make this special piece glow and twinkle, just like a typical Christmas tree.

Lit Birch Wood Discs

Lit Birch Wood Discs

Lit Birch Wood Discs

Carefully arrange birch wood discs in a Christmas tree shape on a pallet to create a delightful outdoor decoration, then make it spectacular by adding lights! This piece fuses a cozy, rustic look with the modern charm of an alternative tree. You can add the lights at clever intervals to highlight the shape.

Red, White, and Green Trees

Red, White, and Green Trees

Red, White, and Green Trees

Painting a set of pallet trees red, white, and green looks fantastic. This set adds a contemporary feel to your home while enlivening the space. You can also enhance the trees' festive quality by adding snowflake and star decorations. This project can also be made with individual lengths of board glued together to an old fence post.

Red Tree With Lights and Christmas Message

Red Tree With Lights and Christmas Message

Red Tree With Lights and Christmas Message

Painted with the words "We wish you a Merry Christmas," this bright red pallet tree is adorned with fairy lights. It would look great in any space in your home, or you can add it to your outdoor décor for a splash of color. Since it's small, it's easy to store away again once the season is over.

Small Green Message Tree

Small Green Message Tree

Small Green Message Tree

This small tree painted with a Christmas message could also be used as a festive sign for your porch to greet visitors. Write an inspiring message from a Christmas song on the tree, such as "May your days be merry and bright!" Finish by adding a twinkling star on top.

Multi-Sized Wooden Trees

Multi-Sized Wooden Trees

Multi-Sized Wooden Trees

Create a whimsical forest for your backyard by making pallet trees in different sizes! Place them in an overlapping fashion for a dramatic, impressive look. These fun trees can also be given as gifts to neighbors.

Tree Display With Shelves

Tree Display With Shelves

Tree Display With Shelves

One wonderful feature of pallet trees is that they aren't specific to just one season. You can redecorate them throughout the year to suit every holiday! It's especially easy to do this if you incorporate little shelves into your tree design to display festive items appropriate for the season. This Christmas-themed tree is decorated with pine cones, animals, stars, and warming candles. It really livens up the space it inhabits!

Santa, Elf, or Grinch Tree

Santa, Elf, or Grinch Tree

Santa, Elf, or Grinch Tree

You can paint your pallet trees to look like Christmas characters, such as an elf, Santa, or a grumpy green Grinch. These trees are extra fun for kids to make and enjoy! In addition to using paint to define the characters' features (like Santa's beard), include accessories like hats and bright gold belt buckles.

Eclectic Tree Covered With Decorations

Eclectic Tree Covered With Decorations

Eclectic Tree Covered With Decorations

This recycled pallet tree packs a rustic punch with a twist of modern flavors. Decorate the tree by hanging items such as stars, lights, and ornaments from pegs; you can also affix little shelves to it. Children will have great fun rearranging the decorations.

Silver and Purple Fabric-Wrapped Tree

Silver and Purple Fabric-Wrapped Tree

Silver and Purple Fabric-Wrapped Tree

Rather than decorating your pallet tree with tinsel or glitzy garland, enhance the natural feeling of the wood by using a pretty piece of fabric or ribbon. The softness of the fabric looks beautiful against the wood grain. You can use this technique with any color scheme you like, whether you go for a traditional red and green or a modern combo like silver and purple!

Petite White Trees in Pots

Petite White Trees in Pots

Petite White Trees in Pots

Don't worry if you can only fit a poinsettia-sized tree in your space. Instead, play up its petite size by displaying it in a flower pot! Choose a Christmassy pot or redecorate one you already own with red paint and gold ribbon. Place some decorative moss in the pot for a natural look that contrasts with the clean white tree.

Green Pallet Tree With Zigzag Lights

Green Pallet Tree With Zigzag Lights

Green Pallet Tree With Zigzag Lights

If you want your wooden tree to resemble a typical evergreen tree, then paint it green. The green color creates an amazing backdrop for string lights, shiny baubles, and a big gold star on top. It makes a really effective substitute for a regular Christmas tree!

Dark-Stained Wooden Tree

Dark-Stained Wooden Tree

Dark-Stained Wooden Tree

Rather than trying to make your pallet tree look more realistic, you can highlight the beauty of the wood by staining it a dark color. I love how the darker wood in this photo contrasts with the brightly colored ornaments. Plus, the extra finishing turns the tree into a real family heirloom to pass down through the years.

Zigzag Garland Tree

Zigzag Garland Tree

Zigzag Garland Tree

Here's another idea that doesn't require you to cut your pallet. Staple green garland to the pallet in a zigzag pattern that looks like a Christmas tree, and glue a log to the bottom for the base of the tree. Then, decorate your garland just like you would a regular tree, with baubles, lights, and a shiny star. It looks nice if you paint the pallet with just a touch of white snow to set off the green tree.

Rustic Tree With String Lights

Rustic Tree With String Lights

Rustic Tree With String Lights

I love this idea for a natural wood tree! The unpainted wood and homespun decorations give it a rustic feel, and the copious string lights add just the right touch of glitz. Run the string lights in straight lines along each panel of the pallet to achieve this look. It's so warm and homey!

Snowy White Painted Tree

Snowy White Painted Tree

Snowy White Painted Tree

This is another idea for making a pallet tree without using a saw. Instead of painting on a green tree shape, go for a glittery white one. Your tree will look like it's covered in beautiful snow. The white backdrop sets off the sparkling ornaments and lights in a magical way. This crafter has created a simple burlap-covered stand that looks really effective with the tree.

Pallet Tree With Dangling Baubles

Pallet Tree With Dangling Baubles

Pallet Tree With Dangling Baubles

Rather than attaching ornaments to the fronts of the panels, you can hang them from the edges for a different look. Either screw little hooks into the bottom edge of each panel or drill holes through the panel near the bottom edge. Hang ornaments from the hooks/holes, making sure to use a variety of colors and sizes. This looks so pretty, especially if you leave the tree unpainted or paint it a single color (imagine this with a white or gold tree!).

Elaborate Painted Tree

Elaborate Painted Tree

Elaborate Painted Tree

If you have keen painting skills, show them off with an intricate paint job on your tree! Rather than attaching decorations to the tree, you can paint them on—from ornaments to lights to the green foliage of the tree itself. This looks gorgeous, and it's a snap to clean up at the end of the season. You don't have to remove and re-sort all the ornaments!

Intricately Cut Tree

Intricately Cut Tree

Intricately Cut Tree

On the flip side, if you're handy with a saw, you can cut a more detailed design into your pallet. This crafter enhanced the look of the branches with some cutouts at the top and bottom. This idea works with any decoration scheme you like; here, the crafter opted to keep it natural with some decorative pine cones, greenery, and string lights.

Scroll through the photos below to see tons more ideas for transforming wooden pallets into wonderful trees to display in your home. Once you've found an idea you like, put together your shopping list (paint, lights, ribbons, etc.), and prepare for some Christmas crafting!

Pallet Tree With LED Lights

Pallet Tree With LED Lights

White Pallet Tree With Crate Base

White Pallet Tree With Crate Base

Tree Wrapped in Pink Ribbon

Tree Wrapped in Pink Ribbon

White Tree With Pretty Gold Ribbon

White Tree With Pretty Gold Ribbon

Simple String Light Tree

Simple String Light Tree

Green Tree With Red and Silver Snowflakes

Green Tree With Red and Silver Snowflakes

Soft Gray Tree With White and Rose-Gold Ornaments

Soft Gray Tree With White and Rose-Gold Ornaments

White Tree With Silver Ribbon and Red Snowflakes

White Tree With Silver Ribbon and Red Snowflakes

Tall Tree With Red and Green Lights

Tall Tree With Red and Green Lights

Cute Tree With Homemade Ornaments and Bright Lights

Cute Tree With Homemade Ornaments and Bright Lights

White Shelf Tree

White Shelf Tree

Trio of Multicolored Trees

Trio of Multicolored Trees

Natural Tree With Twig Star

Natural Tree With Twig Star

Green and White Heart Trees

Green and White Heart Trees

White Painted Tree With Red Bows

White Painted Tree With Red Bows

White Painted Tree With Red Bows and Gold Baubles

White Painted Tree With Red Bows and Gold Baubles

Green Painted Tree on White Background

Green Painted Tree on White Background

Pretty Two-Tone Painted Tree With String Lights

Pretty Two-Tone Painted Tree With String Lights

String Light Tree With Burlap Ribbon

String Light Tree With Burlap Ribbon

Stained Wood Tree With Ornament Hooks

Stained Wood Tree With Ornament Hooks

Small Red and Green Tree With Evergreen Boughs

Small Red and Green Tree With Evergreen Boughs

Dainty Green Tree With Big Red Bow

Dainty Green Tree With Big Red Bow

Natural Tree With Curtain Lights

Natural Tree With Curtain Lights

Natural Tree With Shelves and Lights

Natural Tree With Shelves and Lights

Green Tree With Shiny Baubles

Green Tree With Shiny Baubles

Green Tree With String Lights (Before and After)

Green Tree With String Lights (Before and After)

Rustic Heart Tree With Twig Star

Rustic Heart Tree With Twig Star

Wooden Tree With Broadly Spaced Branches

Wooden Tree With Broadly Spaced Branches

Outdoor Pallet Tree With Bright Lights

Outdoor Pallet Tree With Bright Lights

Tree With Snowflake Lights and Gold Decorations

Tree With Snowflake Lights and Gold Decorations

Multicolored Rustic Tree

Multicolored Rustic Tree

Trio of Trees in Different Shapes and Sizes

Trio of Trees in Different Shapes and Sizes

Red and Green Striped Tree

Red and Green Striped Tree

Striped Trees With Tiny Tree

Striped Trees With Tiny Tree

Painted and Unpainted Trees

Painted and Unpainted Trees

Simple Tree With Red Star

Simple Tree With Red Star

Shelf Tree With Angel Decorations

Shelf Tree With Angel Decorations

White Shelf Tree (Before Decorations)

White Shelf Tree (Before Decorations)

Unpainted Shelf Trees

Unpainted Shelf Trees

White Pallet Tree (in Progress!)

White Pallet Tree (in Progress!)

Green Tree With Unique Boards

Green Tree With Unique Boards

Forest of Trees Made From Fences and Doors

Forest of Trees Made From Fences and Doors

Zigzag Red and Green Tree

Zigzag Red and Green Tree

Have Fun Decorating Your Tree This Year!

Whether you opt for an alternative wooden tree, a traditional fir tree, or one of each, I hope you enjoy decorating it with your favorite lights and ornaments. No matter how large or small your tree is, it will provide a gathering point for your loved ones this Christmas. Warm wishes to you and yours!

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Comments

Elaine Byers (author) on August 29, 2020:

Thank you kindly !

Fay Favored from USA on July 03, 2020:

A lot of really nice ideas. Pinning this - thanks.

Elaine Byers (author) on September 09, 2019:

Thanks RTalloni , I love birch wood , it's beautiful.

RTalloni on September 09, 2019:

These are some delightful DIY pallet ideas. It would be hard to pick a favorite, but the simplicity of the birch wood and lights design is at the top of my list.