Instead of cutting down a tree, we decided to make a Pre-Lit Pallet Christmas Tree. We only needed one pallet and spent under three bucks to buy a set of lights for it!
Pre-Lit Pallet Christmas Tree:
I took a straight edge and made the shape of a triangular Christmas tree. Next, I cut at 45-degree angle. I think the wood was 1" x 4". The longest board was 42". Then we applied green paint and painted each board. We drilled holes to attach to main 2" x 2" by 5' foot long center beam and installed the "branches." Finally, we pre-drilled holes for a string of 200 blinking Christmas lights. Then pre-drilled holes for the blinking Christmas lights 200 lights.
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