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 😀
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.
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.
We gave it a light sand to get rid of any splinters and clean it up a bit.
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.
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.
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.
What do you think? Does it work?
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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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, creative week.