- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2015
So since I can’t post it on facebook until after I give it to her, I just had to toot my own horn on here about my first ever piece of pallet art 🙂
FI and I had reconstructed a pallet for a piece I was planning on making for our place, but hadn’t had time to do it yet and FMIL had mentioned how much she liked the flag art she had seen when I was looking for ideas. Introducing her Christmas gift:
I am so excited to give it to her 🙂 She doesn’t like having money spent on her, so I’ve always struggled with finding her gifts since they are such a big deal in my family and I enjoy finding that “perfect fit.”
Here’s how I did it:
1. Starting with a pallet that had been left outside to age, FI and I broke it apart into individual boards using a sawzall, cutting straight through the nails. We then reassembled it into a flat “canvas” like this, braced in the back with three boards:
2.I measured out the widths for the stripes but didn’t try to be perfect since I was going for a rustic look. I painted it using normal acrylic craft paint.
3. Using a star shape I had printed on cardstock, I traced it onto the dried paint and painted the stars. Again, I wanted it to look orderly but wasn’t obsessive over the spacing which helped with my sanity 🙂 This definitely took the longest!
4. Finally, I painted on some dark stain before wiping it off to give it the aged look you see in the original picture. I was originally going to sand parts of it, but I liked it so much already.
I am super pleased with how it turned out, and want to make one for myself now! I’m also seriously considering incorporating pallet art into my wedding decor somehow (menu, welcome sign, monogram?) since I had so much fun making it. Have you guys ever completed any projects like this? I’d love to see them!