Christmas Ornament Display | DIY Pallet Project

Written by: Renee Reiter

Oh Home Depot….I am not sure if I am mad or glad now that this project is over. I remember the day clearly…I was innocently scrolling Instagram and saw a post from Home Depot with this gorgeous picture below and a caption encouraging me to sign up for a class to learn how to make one. I immediately texted a friend who I know loves Christmas and made plans to attend the DIY class. 

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**WARNING: LONG POST. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE FINISHED PROJECT IT’S AT THE BOTTOM 🙂 **

I was a little intimidated when I saw the class was 90 min long but then I assumed we would be building one in class. I knew I would never make it through a 90 min DIY class that was instructional only and no actual building so I called my Home Depot and asked if we would be building our own to walk out with and take home when class was over and did I need to come early to purchase my supplies. I was told we would be building one that we could take home and no I didn’t need to come early. Perfect! Or so I thought…

Turns out my initial fears were correct and it was instructional only. After 20 mins of talking about wearing gloves during the project I was bored and out. I still have no clue whats so ever as so why they guy I spoke with told me I could build one that night! (LIE #1) Heads up I found several “lies” I am calling them in the HD instructions for this.

I was still determined to do the project though and had never really tackled something this difficult. I don’t usually work with wood but I will mention that Home Depot says this is an easy beginner project that takes less than 2 hours. It took me much longer haha

Here is the link to Home Depot instructions and supply list for this project. They say the project can be done for $30 and that isn’t quite true (LIE #2) unless you happen to have the wood lying around (which I did not). In total I spent more like $60-$70 on this project.

Okay lets build this sucker! I cut the wood as they specified (chart below)

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Then it was time to assemble to wood and screw it together. I laid all five of the 48-inch boards flat on my driveway (that’s where I had space), alternating between the 8-inch and 6-inch wide boards. They note to leave a 1/4 inch gap between all of the boards and they gave a nifty little trick for how to do that.

Home Depot Tip: To help keep spacing even between the five boards, use two paint sticks side by side between each board to give a uniform gap. (2 paint sticks = ¼ inches)

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Then it was time to attach the bracing to hold it all together. For that it said to center one 30-inch board horizontally across the five 48-inch boards about 3 ½ inches down from the top, and secure using two wood screws in each board. Then repeat on the bottom with the remaining 30-inch board. (1 1/4 inch flat head multi material screws)

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Now it was time for sanding and painting. I used an electric sander to sand all my edges because I had some unevenness despite my best efforts and sanding by hand would have taken forever.
For painting HD did one color for stripes and left the wood exposed to make the other stripes but I used two colors of paint to make stripes because I didn’t want plain wood exposed.

Since I was going to do my stripes in a different color I had to let the whole project dry overnight and then tape and do my stripes. At this point I wasn’t super thrilled with my color choices but I wasn’t about to change it now haha.

Ahh…the ornaments…my OCD said I couldn’t chance just randomly gluing ornaments down and hoping for the best. So I laid them out first which wasn’t very easy since they are round. 🙂
They looked good laid out but for some reason later once they were glued down it looked kind of funny and not really like a tree. (Thanks OCD..how did that work out..) The HD instructions didn’t say how to arrange the tree so I looked at their pic and counted how many ornaments were in each row. They had a lot of double rows like 1 for the top, then 2, then 2 again, then 3, then 4, then 4 again…so I tried that but it didn’t look very good 😦
I just kept playing around with it until I was happy and in the end the ornaments I decided needed to move or come off popped off pretty easily since it was just the glue from a glue gun. PS HD says this takes 27 ornaments I used 52 and mine still wasn’t the as tall as the HD one. (LIE #3)
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 Here is the finished project. Using the hot glue gun I added a snowflake ornament to the top as a star and some tinsel like string for the bottom. I really wanted to put this on the mantel above our fireplace like they did in the original picture I saw but it was way too tall for my mantel so it now lives next to the real tree 🙂
In the end I am happy and only hoping I can find a way to store it without breaking it. Pretty pretty please let me know if you have any ideas how I can do that in the comments!
We hope that you saw something here today to help you during your own crafting & life adventures. We encourage our readers to share their own projects in the comments as we absolutely LOVE seeing what others were inspired to create. We also kindly ask that comments be polite or constructive.
– Sincerely Renee & Jessica

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