It was love at first site. There we were at church and I was smitten with all the innovative Christmas pallet projects being displayed. Stunning! Pallets are being used for so many purposes these days. And pallets are cheap if not free to acquire. So when you're decorating for the holidays, it's a fantastic way to literally deck the halls on a dime. Why spend a paycheck at Pier 1 when you can get your creative juices flowing with pallets? This post focuses primarily on Christmas and winter ideas, but I'm sure you've seen all those America Flag painted pallets on Pinterest....right? And they look great! So here's a bunch more ideas to get you in the holiday spirit.
Can't say enough about how elegant these hanging snowflakes made out of broken up pallet pieces look. Not too hard to assemble either! And they're not even painted. Just the natural and rustic wood looks fantastic. They're for indoor or outdoor use. You could even wrap tiny white lights on them to create a lit up look for when it gets dark. And it gets dark so early now...doesn't it? These are hung from the ceiling but you could place them in a window, with or without lights attached.
This upside down pallet laden with lights just made my day. You don't even have to take the pallet apart! Just attached your classic, tiny white light strands and hang. Simple but stunning. It creates such a big splash too. How about one of these welcoming visitors in your foyer? Or maybe the front porch?
Here's a close up of that classic snowflake. Sure, the natural wood looks stunning. But you could paint these in a variety of colors for a color boost. Or you could just go with white or silver. They don't scream Christmas either so they can be displayed December to March if you wish.
Who wouldn't love these trees? They just make me so happy. And assembly doesn't get any easier than this. Again, you could paint them but I think I prefer the natural wood. Christmas in the country vibe? The simplicity is stellar. And how about hanging a few ornaments on them, garland, tinsel? These certainly would make nice extra Christmas trees inside our outside the home. How about a few of these on your front porch with those tiny, white lights? Or use a spotlight as shown in the picture. Let's get glowing. Evergreen trees are nice because they look great for months, not just the Christmas season.
Again, I cannot get enough of this upside down pallet. The picture does not do the lights justice. On the dark set, it looks fantastic. Such classic Christmas appeal. And it creates just the right ambiance. How about one of these outside on your patio during summer for setting the mood?
Another option is just to place snowflakes on the ground. In those nicks and crannies of your home that just ask for a bit more decor. I loved seeing this snowflake nestled into a lonely corner, it just brightened up the entire area! And another reason snowflakes makes such great decor is that they are not strictly "Christmas" decor. A Santa statue? Yup. That has to come down by the end of December. But snowflakes? They have longevity and can range from November to March!
So where do you get free pallets?
Free pallets are everywhere if you know where to look. Businesses get all sorts of shipments on them and are always purging the pallets. So on garbage day, you should keep your eyes peeled. Homeowners who get similar types of building shipments also might have a few that they throw out on garbage day. This is where we got our pallets. The neighbors were remodeling and got a few supplies on two pallets that I swiped before the garage trucks took them away.
The Internet can be a wealth of places to discover free pallets. Go to Craigslist and type in "free pallets" to see what comes up. Or just head to google in the first place to type in free pallet. You're sure to find some without much work. Of course, asking friends and neighbors can always work or the local business. They are always purging pallets they no longer have any uses for! Do you know a spot to get pallets? ~ Laura
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I love sharing my home & garden ideas with you. Thanks for stopping by.
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