• Pallet wood 1×3 or 1×4 works best
  • A hand or electric saw
  • Red wood stain
  • Paintbrushes
  • White chalk paint
  • Large star confetti or stickers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Scissors


Begin by cutting three equal pieces of pallet wood. Wood that is 1×3 or 1×4 works best for this project. We used a 1×4 and cut it into 3 pieces that were 11 inches long each. You can mark this with a ruler and use a simple hand saw if you do not have an electric saw.

Paint each piece of cut pallet wood with a layer of red wood stain. Let the stain sit on the wood for a minute or two, and then wipe off with a clean rag or paper towel in one smooth motion. You can also leave it to dry as is without wiping any off, but it will look more like a paint than a stain in that case.

Once you have painted the front and sides of each board, let them dry completely.

With the pallet boards dry, lay them on a flat surface and begin painting different Christmas tree designs on the front of each one. We used white chalk paint because it dries quickly, but you can use any craft paint you have on hand.

View the photo for inspiration on how to make each of your trees. Leave a few inches between the top of each tree and the edge of the piece of wood. This is where your star and twine will go.

When the chalk paint has dried, hot glue or stick a large confetti star shape or sticker to the top of each tree.

Cut a length of twine and wrap it around the top of each piece of pallet wood. You can do this any way you like. The twine can overlap and even cross over the star shape at the top of your tree. Secure the ends of the twine on the back of each pallet wood piece with hot glue.