Make a Santa Inspired Pallet Wood Christmas Tray

Mr. Claus has been a wee bit jealous that I’ve made a lot of projects dedicated to his wife, so it was time to give give the jolly old guy some attention too, with a pallet wood Christmas tray.  I wouldn’t want to get on his naughty list!

Make a Santa inspired pallet wood Christmas tray using Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils -

Kringle’s Toy Co. is my newest stencil design!

Kringles Toy Co. stencil by Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils -

(Available for purchase in my online shop here)

Christmas stencil for signs, pillows, gift bags and more with Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils -

How to make a Christmas pallet wood Christmas tray!

  1. Cut pallet boards to your desired length, and cut 2 extra pieces slightly smaller than the height of the pallet boards all together.  I cut my pallet boards about 21″ long.  The height of them together was 11″, so I cut my 2 extra pieces 10″ long, and attached them together with screws.
  2. Tip – make sure you have screws long enough to go through both pieces of wood, but not too long that they poke through the other side.

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Here’s the top view.  Don’t worry if your boards have stains or marks – they’ll look better in the next step!

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2.Stain the connected pallet pieces, and allow to dry.

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3.  Position your stencil and secure in place with painter’s tape or clips.

With just a small amount of paint on your brush, lightly tap the brush and fill in the stencil area.

Tip – I use an old rag to rub most of the paint off of my brush, so it’s almost dry.  This prevents paint from bleeding under the stencil.

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4.  Allow the paint to dry, then seal with spray sealer (my favorite sealer from Amazon)

Make a Santa inspired rustic sign pallet wood Christmas tray using Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils

5.  Attach drawer pulls as handles.

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And it’s finished!

On a total side note rant, I it was darn near impossible to find old-fashioned Christmas toys in the stores.  Granted, I don’t live in a big city with a lot of shopping options.  After my third stop, I did finally find jacks, but I had to buy some cheapo wood blocks at the dollar store.  I know antique stores often have old ones, but I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on them.

Christmas stencil on pallet wood tray - Knick of Time

It’s the perfect size for the coffee table, or use it as a serving tray.  Imagine surprising someone in your family with a hot cup of cocoa on Christmas morning  on this tray!

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See the full line of Vintage Sign Stencils HERE.

Here are links to several more related projects:

(Mrs. Claus stencil projects)

(Mrs. Claus free printable)

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  1. How is the stencil made?

  2. So cute! I can see it as part of a hot chocolate bar for warming up on a cold snowy day.

  3. This is very cute, well done.


  4. This is a really awesome project! Love the new stencil. I know what you mean about vintage toy reproductions. You’d probably have much better success on line. Have a great weekend! xoKathleen

  5. Cute as could be and useful too!

  6. Once again you hit the bulls eye!!! Very cute and use full too!! Love the new stencil!

  7. I really like the addition of the ball and jacks. Besides being cute, the red is just the right amount of pop.

  8. I just love your pallet projects, Angie! They are just such great examples of up-cycling. I haven’t done any pallet projects, but it’s on my “bucket” list! Thanks for showing us how it’s done.

  9. I love the dice and ball and jax touch. This is such a fun piece for not only Christmas decor but for a game room, rec room and so on!!

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