DIY Pallet Artwork

April 23, 2013 - 7:00 am

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.

DIY Pallet 2 cut photo

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.

DIY Pallet cutting photo

This is how I really felt about it (weird face=my excited-I’m-using-power-tools-face)

DIY Pallet

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.

DIY Pallet cleanup

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.

DIY Pallet ready to paint

Then, paint! I used an affordable craft paint and a foam brush to paint the image.

DIY Pallet painted

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.

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