Today I want to show you how to create your own evergreen Christmas bough that is mounted on a (looks-like-it’s-been-aged-for-years) wooden pallet. I’ll show you the chippy paint technique I used to achieve the rustic look for this DIY holiday decor.
The finished pallet can be used as a wall-hanger, on the front door as a fun wreath alternative, or displayed on the mantle. Since most of the elements I have used here are pre-made, this project is pretty much a fun paint technique and assembly. Easy! Let’s get started!
- DIY Wood Pallet Sign
- Darice Plaid Christmas Bow
- Artificial Pine Branch with Pine Cones
- Varathane One Step Stain and Polyurethane
- White Spray Paint
Remove sticker tag from wooden pallet. Stain the pallet and allow it to fully dry. There is no need to be super particular about doing a good job here, it will be painted over. We are going for a rustic look for this DIY holiday decor. Make sure to get down into the cracks though.
Once the stain is dry, using your fingertips or gloves, apply some Vaseline on the edges of the pallet and in random areas. Apply the Vaseline in particular to the areas that would naturally get worn with normal wear and tear.
Contrary to the supply photo above, I would recommend using spray paint for the next step. I found that applying acrylic paint with a brush took the Vaseline off. I had better results by far with spray paint. Coat the entire pallet, (Vaseline and all) with white spray paint. Allow to dry. The coverage is going to look a little strange where the Vaseline is. This is normal.
When the paint is dry, take a utility cloth, or a thick paper towel and rub the areas where you applied the Vaseline. The white paint will rub off, and leave a very chippy, worn paint look.
Lay your pine bough over the pallet, and leave a couple of inches of the wire end at the top of the pallet.
Bend the wire piece over the top of the pallet and trim the excess using wire cutters. Secure the bent edge of the bough to the pallet using hot glue. Allow the glue to dry. You may wish to adhere the pine bough further to the pallet in a couple of spots just for added security.
Attach the pre-made bow to the top of the bough, where the wire is exposed. I used the wire that came already attached to the back of the bow. You could also choose to secure the bow further with hot glue.
If you’re looking to incorporate other rustic holiday elements to your decor this year, consider making this rustic bell DIY Christmas wreath.