This Holiday season, I wanted to decorate on the cheap, with minimal investment. So, I made this super cute Christmas Carolers Outside Yard Decorations from a Wood Pallet. The best part, it didn’t cost me ANYTHING! I made it for free. You can’t beat that!
Do you love cheap outdoor holiday decorations? Want to see more? Check out my Easy Outside Christmas Carolers Decorations from Wood Pallets! And, my Easy Outside Christmas Tree Decorations from Wood Pallets. While you’re at it, see how I made these adorable and super Easy Outside Reindeer Christmas Decorations from Birch Wood. Last, but certainly not least, check out my super easy and free Holiday Porch Pot Decorations.
Cute Ideas to make Inexpensive Outside Christmas Decorations
My small town had a Christmas Decoration Contest, and I wanted to decorate my local nonprofit community center (and win!) I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest, and surprisingly didn’t find as much as I thought I would. A local company had pallets near their dumpster that they didn’t need anymore. So, I was able to get those for free. That was good, because I had NO budget for this project!
Using a little creativity and elbow grease, I was able to craft a group of Christmas Carolers who appear to be singing for all who drive by. There are lots of ways you could do this, but I was going for cheap and easy.
Use a Pallet to Make Outdoor Christmas Decor
First, I chose a double pallet. However, you could use a single, regular pallet or two. Actually, you could use as many as you wanted! Layering them, one in front of the other, would also be a really cute effect.
Second, I used a circular saw to cut off the very top of the pallet. In other words, I set the pallet on its side (pictured) with the slats running up and down. The slats would become people singing Christmas carols (songs). Then, I removed the “top” 2×4 by cutting the slats in front and back, which left the slats towering alone. I made sure to vary the height of these pallet carolers, so they weren’t all the same.
Third, I had visited two local thrift stores and asked them to donate knit hats, scarves, mittens and sweaters that were not otherwise usable. These are things that the thrift store would have otherwise thrown away, so they were happy to give me big bags full! This was also helpful, since they were free. Being older, they also give the singers a vintage feel that I absolutely love!
Fourth, next, I fitted each caroler with their own hat and gave some combinations of a scarf, gloves or sweaters so that they balanced out. I used a staple gun to attach them, so they wouldn’t blow away in all the snow we’re getting up North in Wisconsin.
Finally, I drew faces on small paper bowls. I tried to make the faces look like they were singing, with open mouths and closed eyes. Some had roses red cheeks, and some had eyes open, and variations of partly open mouths. I stapled the faces to the pallet, nestling them under hats and between scarves and sweaters.
The results speak (or SING!) for themselves. I’m so pleased with it! It’s adorable and people have complimented it … I dare say raved about it! not only was it totally free, but it was easy to do. Nothing like the sense of accomplishment in making something super cute out of nothing. I’m also happy to report: I won the small-town decorating contest too!