Craft It: Pallet Art {Texas Sized}

Remember that great pallet my husband picked up off the side of the road for me? Well, we finally transformed it into a cool piece of art for our new 'Industrial Chic' backyard.

Jeff used a crow bar to take apart the pallet. I am happy he volunteered for that part. It took some prying and there were lots of crazy nails to deal with.  Then reassembled it by nailing most of the slats together. He made a 'N' shape base on the back. It made for secure slats on the front.

He handed it over to me for the fun part :) I used a Texas map from the gas station as a stencil. I cut out the shape of Texas and then traced around it on the pallet. Then I painted in the shape with silver acrylic paint. I added a small turquoise heart over the place we live.

We ended up adding two more slats, one to the top- and one to the bottom because this state is so big! 

I had several people email me about pallet art, wanting to know any tips and tricks I could share.

Here is what I learned from our first 'pallet project': 
1. You can find pallets on the side of the road! Free supplies--woohoo:)
2. Most pallet projects require you to take them apart. That old 'weathered' looking wood is what makes pallets so great.
3. Be careful of rusty nails when working with pallets.
4. Most pallets are treated to prevent bugs (but check for pests before you bring a pallet in your house)
5. Since many pallets are treated, burning un-used pallet wood can be dangerous.
6. What can you make with a pallet? What can't you make?! See my Pinterest board and "11 Ideas to Use Pallets in Your Home".
See ideas for using pallets in your home here
Our new pallet art now hangs in the backyard, the perfect DIY art for our the new Industrial Chic backyard we have been working on for the past few months. Stay tuned-- it's almost all done!

Do you have a place in your home that could use some pallet art?

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