- Nails (2.5 mm thickness)
- Tape measure
- Waterproof marker (black)
- Template with numbers
- Circular saw
- 25 Christmas baubles
First of all, it is useful to know how the pallet Christmas tree is constructed. With our calculations we came to 7 rows. 2 of the 7 rows get 4 nails, so we end up with 25 places.
After the calculation, take the pallet apart so that you have loose planks. It may be useful to add row numbers on the back of the planks.
Then use a circular saw to saw the planks into the correct ‘Christmas tree’ sizes.
Tie the planks together. This can easily be done by attaching a remaining plank at the back over the length. You can also use small kindling for smaller parts.
Now it’s time for some more precise work: the carpentry of the 25 days. First we draw the right amount of spots on each board with pencil. You can use a measuring tape or tape measure to leave the same amount of space between each spot.
Then hammer the nails with a hammer at the marked spots.
Do you happen to have templates of numbers? Then this step is very simple. If you don’t, you can find a lot of number templates via Pinterest.
Place the numerical templates above the nails. Then you can use a waterproof pen to colour in the template so that the letter appears above the nails.
After every day of the countdown calendar is over, you can hang a Christmas ball or other decoration on the nail. The closer you get to Christmas, the more the countdown calendar is decorated.
You can place the countdown calendar on a cabinet or hang it on the wall. For the latter, it is useful to attach a suspension system to the countdown calendar.