Shabby Chic Pallet Art

Pallets can be fun. In the past I have made so many things from pallets. Today, since the Fourth of July is just right around the corner, I want to show you how to make something out of a pallet that is Fourth of July worthy. This particular craft is all about being shabby chic. It may require a little time but is very easy to do and the results are stunning. The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies. You will need the following items:

A Pallet- I am lucky that where my husband works there are tons that he can get for free. But if you aren’t as lucky, check around your local lumber yard, shipping plants and ask friends to see if they have pallets that you can have or buy at an inexpensive price.

Paint in three colors- Red, White and Blue (Use craft paint it is cheaper than buying the regular paint)

A Paint roller- I find that these are easier to use than a regular paintbrush.

A regular paintbrush- for touch up work

So now you have all these items. Let’s get started.

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First examine your pallet to make sure there are no nails that are sticking out. ( You don’t want anyone to get hurt) After this done, mark off a square in the upper left hand corner. The size of the square will be determined by the size of your pallet.

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Next you will start with the red paint. You will want to paint ever other board red. Like this.

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Let the red paint dry for awhile, I was doing this outside so it took no time at all for it dry. Then using your white paint, paint the boards that you skipped. It is okay if you get some on the red part that is what being able to do touch ups at the end comes in.

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Once again let the white paint dry.Like I said before drying time will depend on the weather were you live. In North Carolina it is hot so it took no time at all to dry. Now get ready to use that blue paint. Remember that square in the corner I had you make go back and paint that square blue.

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Guess what you have to do now? Yep let the paint dry. Think you are done now nope not yet. Have you figured out what we are making yet? If you haven’t the next step will surely clue you in. Take a pencil and lightly draw or trace stars in the blue square. The amount of stars just depends on how many you want on it. This is where your little paintbrush will come into play. But here is tip if you don’t have a paintbrush but have q-tips they work just as well. In fact I painted my stars using q-tips because I could not find a paint brush. You can also use them to do those little touch ups, that I discussed before.

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I would love to tell you that I drew those stars myself but I didn’t. I found a pattern of the size of the starย  I wanted and cut it out. Then I just traced it for a pattern. I love my shabby chic American flag pallet art. I checked online and something like this would have been around $79 to buy that did not include shipping and handling. I made my art for under $10. Here is the finished product displayed proudly in our front yard.

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So what do you think of my shabby chic American Flag? This was so easy to make that no matter how skilled you are you can do this simple but elegant craft. This will be the first of many shabby chic pallet art projects.

“Sending Your Champagne Dreams”

 

52 thoughts on “Shabby Chic Pallet Art

  1. That is a great way to upcycle pallet board. I love it! My sister is using pallet board for a new wall installation at her cafe. So many fun ways to use pallets…they should never end up in the landfill. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Do you put any kind of top coat on it to protect it from the elements? Or did you let it get weathered?
    I would almost love to see what it looks like now!!!! I love a weathered piece. Not that it isn’t beautiful in the photo, but seeing what it looks like now would be kind of cool!
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  4. My husband collects pallets as well. We loves to build things with them. We have a large family so he used an 8″ pallet to make a picnic table for all of us! I love this idea, it is simple enough that even those less crafty, like me, can pull this off! Great share, thank you!
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  5. That’s a neat upcycled project. I like working with palette boards, it has a rustic feel. One of my friend’s used palette boards to decorate our Church for a coffee house. It is a great deal that you were able to get it done for under $10 bucks. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  6. I have to find my “inner craftsy” side. She is buried deep somewhere. I wish I had the talent as others do. I think it is more that I need time to dedicate myself to doing it.

  7. Great idea! I see people making all these great things out of pallets. However, we never really have any around us to use. Maybe back when I lived in Texas, but they’re never around here in L.A.

  8. Wow, that’s just awesome, who thought that one could really show their patriotism through a simple old pallet? Thanks for sharing, I think I am going to try out this over the weekend to see what I can come up with.

    Thanks

    Ginny

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