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Build Your Own DIY Pallet Christmas Tree

Finished pallet Christmas tree

For this project, you will need:

  • Sand Paper if needed
  • Paint brushes
  • Pallet with slats evenly spaced
  • Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch paint in White
  • Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch paint in Green
  • Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch paint in Brown
  • Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint in Gold
  • 4 Paint stirring sticks
  • 1 string of 20' Christmas lights
  • 4” piece of furring strip


  • Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint in green
  • Ornaments
  • Remote Controlled Light Show
Sand your pallet to prep to paint the Christmas tree
Rust Oleum paint on a pallet to prep for the rest of the project

Step 1: Prepare your pallet to be painted

Sand your pallet smooth if needed and paint white using your Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch paint. Let it dry completely.

Green Christmas tree painted on the prepped pallet

Step 2: Paint your tree on your pallet

Lay out your tree design. Paint your tree shape using your green Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch paint, and feather the edges to add a branch look. Make the top of your tree end on the last slat of the pallet, and the bottom of the tree just barely on the first slat on the pallet. If you're feeling festive, use Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint in green to really make your tree sparkle.

Paint stir stick with valu logo on a bench
Adding wood glue on short wood sticks for the tree topper
Glitter added to the wood tree topper

Step 3: Create your star for the top of the tree

Cut your paint stirring sticks down to about 6 inches. Layer the sticks turning each new stick about 60 degrees, and add a drop of glue in between each layer. Let the glue dry for about 20 minutes, and spray paint with Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint in gold.

Brown Rust-Oleum painted on some wood to make the tree trunk

Step 4: Make your tree trunk

Cut a 4" piece of furring strip and paint it brown using Rust-Oleum Multicolor Textured spray paint in brown. Let it dry completely.

Person building the tree trunk with a hammer and drill
Hammering the tree trunk into the pallet

Step 5:  Drill pilot holes and attach the trunk

Pre-drill your trunk and star so that they don't split when you nail or screw them on to your pallet.

Close up of adding the Christmas string lights to the pallet
Staple gun getting ready to staple the christmas tree string lights onto the pallet
Christmas tree lights turned on

Step 6: Add your lights

Find the center of your 100-light string (20.6 ft.). Beginning at the top (with 5/16" staples) staple your lights to the tree outline in a criss-cross pattern, ending at the base of the tree. Be careful not to staple into your light strand wire!

Christmas tree pallet with ornaments

Step 7: Admire your work!

Add ornaments and decorations to taste. Voilà! You have a pallet Christmas tree!