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Create Little Works of Art from Pallet Bits

Y’all probably know by now that I love working with pallets. Each piece of wood tells a unique story and the dings and dangs add so much character to whatever we end up making. Some pieces are completely wonky and filled with holes and others are almost perfect. Pallet wood comes in all shapes and sizes so you kinda have to plan around that. We have a HUGE stockpile of pallets just waiting to be used in some project and lots of bits lying around that are beyond saving. They’re either full of nails that we couldn’t get out or as crooked as a politician. Those politically bent pieces usually end up in the fire or, if inspiration strikes, they make awesome little works of art. These small decor bits were made using one of those political pallets 😀

Small pallet off cuts combined with rustic tiles can make a beautiful statement. Create your own work of art using wood scraps and tiles and other bits and pieces. Easy DIY

Arty pallet bits

If you don’t have any pallets you can use any off cuts of wood too.

How To Use Pallet Off-cuts to Make Art

We found the gorgeous tiles at a craft shop a while back and I originally thought I’d use them in a mosaic, but it never happened for some reason. If you don’t have any pretty tiles lying around you can always make your own with this tutorial. 

Tile bits and a pallet

Gorgeous tiles and a politically bent pallet

It’s not that obvious in the pic but the one end of the pallet piece is about 2 cm thicker than the other and it had tons of nails on the one side that we had to cut off because they were impossible to get out.

Bent and full of nails

Bent and full of nails

We gave it a light sand to get rid of any splinters and clean it up a bit.

Lightly sand the pallets

Lightly sand the pallets

We used the tiles to figure out how to cut the pallets. Fortunately the tiles are quite small so we could cut pieces in between those awful nails.

Measure and cut the pallets to fit the tiles

Measure and cut

We used a charcoal grey wood stain to protect the pallet bits and glued on the tiles once the stain had dried. We also stained the tiles using some dark wax.

Stain the wood and glue the tiles

Stain the wood and glue the tiles

That’s it. The little tile with the birds went onto a pallet bit that still had one of the nails protruding from it’s side and it added such a nice touch I had to try figure out how to add the same kind of look to the other two bits. We ended up screwing on an old hinge that we’d taken off the room dividers  and a horse shoe.

Small pallet off cuts combined can make a beautiful statement. Create your own work of art using wood scraps tiles and other bits and pieces. Easy DIY

Pallets and tiles

What do you think? Does it work?

Small pallet off cuts combined can make a beautiful statement. Create your own work of art using wood scraps tiles and other bits and pieces. Easy DIY #PalletArt #PalletOffCuts #palletHomeDecor

Arty pallet bits

The little arty, politically correct, pallet bits are currently outside on our patio, but I think I’m going to take them down to our house by the sea. Mmmmmmhhhhh, or maybe I can make some more………………… 8)

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Small pallet off cuts combined can make a beautiful statement. Create your own work of art using wood scraps tiles and other bits and pieces. Easy DIY #PalletArt #PalletOffCuts #palletHomeDecor

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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, creative week.

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Categories:   Art by Mix, Craft Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Our Round House, Pallet Hacks


  • Posted: February 5, 2017 00:39

    Julliette Salter

    Great ideas
    • Posted: February 5, 2017 10:01


      Thank you so much Juliette
  • Posted: September 1, 2016 08:20

    Jennifer @ Garden Tool

    These blocks are great. Artworks come from things seem simple and easy to find. Saved it for an idea to decorate my house. Thanks for sharing
    • Posted: September 5, 2016 07:30


      Thank you so much Jennifer.
  • Posted: August 30, 2016 16:35


    If you've got it, you've got it!!! Really creative Michelle. Well done
    • Posted: August 31, 2016 06:09


      Thank you Amy. I really enjoy playing around with pallet bits. They're so solid and easy to work with
  • Posted: August 29, 2016 09:59

    Jennifer Clark

    What a creative idea! Do you mind if I borrow your great idea to decorate my house? Thanks for sharing, Michelle!
    • Posted: August 31, 2016 06:30


      Of course you may Jennifer, please share some photos.
  • Posted: August 23, 2016 07:01

    Jeffrey T. Wildermuth

    You are so creative. I really love the little things like that. Very cute and lovely. Artworks come from things seem very simple and easy to find. All you need is creativity and cleverness.
    • Posted: August 23, 2016 07:25


      Thanks Jeffrey ;-)
  • Posted: August 23, 2016 01:40

    Robert Smith

    You rock it, Michelle. I agree with Mary that they are great conversation pieces for sure. They look so antique and unique. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas with us
    • Posted: August 23, 2016 07:17


      Thank you so much Robert ;-)
  • Posted: August 20, 2016 17:56

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    It definitely works Michelle. It will make a great conversation piece in your home. Everyone will want to know the history and you can make up all sorts of fancy stories about how it was saved from an old shipwreck.. Have I gotten too carried away. Well, you know I love anything that is unusual and outside of the box. That's what makes your blog so special.
    • Posted: August 21, 2016 07:48


      *insert blush emoticon here* Thank you Mary, that's such a lovely compliment coming from someone who turns the ordinary into something WOW everyday. I'm going to have to use the ship wreck story, that's genius, lol!!
  • Posted: August 19, 2016 13:53

    Sarah Jean

    I love the finished look!
    • Posted: August 20, 2016 06:30


      Thank you Sarah ;-)
  • Posted: August 15, 2016 15:08


    Michelle, these blocks are awesome!! What a great idea to attach tile to the pallet blocks! I also like the hinge and horseshoe additions. You have made some wonderful art blocks!!
    • Posted: August 16, 2016 06:49


      Thanks Keri ;-) and they were so much fun to make.
  • Posted: August 15, 2016 14:16


    Lovely Artwork Michelle! It's crazy all the fun things you can do with pallet wood right? Your idea of using your unique tiles is really creative! It would look lovely in any vignette or shelf even as bookends!
    • Posted: August 16, 2016 06:47


      Yay, thank you Katrin. I love the idea of making bookends. Great idea.

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