Monthly Archives: April 2013
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Last week, we were driving and I noticed a lonely pallet on the side of the road. You know me, I was too kind to let it go to the dump (ha!), so yesterday we went on a pallet hunt to rescue the pallet. We also picked up a few more we just happened to find in a couple locations during our morning walk. My daughter’s 4th Birthday is coming up in the next week, so I’ve been working on party goodies. I had a vision from the time I saw the pallet to use one as a backdrop that can later be used in our home somewhere.
Here’s a DIY project for those of you fellow pallet-lovers:
First, I did not want to take off all the planks of wood since this particular pallet’s planks weren’t spaced too far, but I did want to remove the back planks and make it thinner and lighter.
I used a jigsaw to cut the side of the pallet, removing the entire back planks and 1/2 the thickness of the pallet. Here’s proof that I did it myself.
This is how I really felt about it (weird face=my excited-I’m-using-power-tools-face)
Then, after the dirty back was removed, I sprayed and cleaned the boards to remove dirt, bugs, spiderwebs and slugs (yes, one slug fell on my leg when I was pulling this thing into the driveway (gross), but it’s all part of the process, I guess- Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, while I’m on that topic, please be careful when handling a pallet! There are a lot of rusty nails sticking out, splinters, etc.
Once it is dry and clean, use a pencil to draw out the shape of what you are painting. In my case, a whale. It’s hard to see in the picture below, but there is a pencil sketch.
Then, paint! I used an affordable craft paint and a foam brush to paint the image.
That’s it! I still plan on sanding mine a little to remove potential splinters in little fingers and weather the whale image a little. Overall, I love how it turned out and I’m sure it will be a sweet backdrop for LB’s upcoming birthday party.
I’ve been a little quiet on the blog this week because we’ve had quite a bit of custom parties we’ve been finishing up on top of our regular orders. I feel like the past few weeks have been my most consistent and busiest weeks ever – a good, but challenging thing for sure. I’m going to be updating the website with new party and event designs and for now, we’ve called it quits on custom orders since it’s becoming more and more impossible for me to stay on top of things, be a mom and feel sane at the same time. I know a lot of you feel the same way, so with that said, I’m letting some things go and feeling good about it. Hope you have a good rest of the week and keep looking out next week for new designs on the website! Thank you, friends!