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.
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.
Next, you will start with the red paint. You will want to paint every other board red. Like this.
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.
Once again let the white paint dry.Like I said before drying time will depend on the weather where 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.
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.
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 star 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.
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”
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. 🙂
Stacey - Seattle Mom Blog says
I love it! I can’t believe it was only $10 to make. Perfect for this time of year.
This is awesome and oh so affordable!
My boyfriend has tons of pallets at his shop. I need to confiscate a few of them and make this for my parents who were married on Independence Day. They would love it.
Grace Hodgin says
Isn’t that cute? I love how it adds such a festive touch and is easily created. It is really an eye catching decor.
Trena Quesenberry says
I love country and primitive design, and this would be perfect! Love it!
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!
No top coat it looks about the same as it does in the picture.
This is a cute and great idea. I think you have made a cute focal point out of the wood. I am looking forward to summer time!
I love how rustic this looks. And really, you can make anything, for any holiday! Even an inspirational quote, like Live, Laugh, Love? What a great idea!
Cristin @ Pampered Teacher says
Beautiful job! I think I would have stamped on the stars : )
That’s so cute, and for under $10? I’d call that a win!
Such a great idea. I love it. Thanks for posting!
Jennifer @ Emulsified Family says
Thanks for the tip about using a Q-tip. Why is it that I can’t ever find a paint brush when the kids or I want one.
I’m not very “crafty”, but would love to buy one of these. 🙂
Beth McIntire says
Wow, this is amazing! I’ve never seen a flag pallet before! I pinned this and added your site to my blog’s list of CommentLuv enabled sites.
This is a super cool way to reuse a pallet! Love this idea and I might be trying it for the 4th of July! Thanks!
Val @ Love My DIY Home says
We just made a deck serving island for my daughter out of pallets. Upcycling with pallets has gotten so popular. Thanks for sharing your flag.
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!
This is so cute! I always see pallet projects on Pinterest and I want to try them! Now after seeing this, I have a new project!
Super cute! Now if only summer would get here!
Phyllis Sather says
Great idea. I just love it when I find crafty people who make it look so simple.
Wow! This is so cute! I’m pinning this to save for later. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Lisa @ Saving Cent by Cent says
Cute idea for the Fourth of July! And a great way to utilize a pallet.
Jennifer Corter says
Wow, that came out beautifully! I’ve been wanting to get into pallet art! This is such an inspiring post!
Felecia Efriann says
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. 🙂
Angela McKinney says
I love this! It even looks like something a not so crafty person like myself could do.
Keelie Reason says
Oh man, I just love this idea! I think it turned out amazing. 🙂 I have a few pallets behind my house right now. I’m going to have to think about doing something like this for the summer.
Bonnie Way says
What a cool idea! I saw another friend of mine do this. I don’t know where I’d find a pallet… though when I was a kid my dad had tons laying around! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
Barb J says
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.
I love this! I’ll add it to my ‘DIY’ list of projects (a very long list–I need time!)
Wow this is so cool! I’m not one for arts and crafts usually, but this actually looks like something I can do 🙂 Nicely done, it came out beautifully!
Love it!! Great way to up cycle a pallet board…very patriotic as well! 🙂
Whitney McGruder says
I’ve seen different variations of this project that my neighbors have done. They just bring a rugged, down-to-earth feel to the holiday. Thanks for sharing your tips!
Shelle @ PreparednessMama says
Cute! I just scored 10 free pallets from my storage unit and I’ve been using them for vertical gardening, but this is too cute not to use on of them for an art project.
Wow! That really turned out nice and you made it look so easy! Thanks for sharing this with us!
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.
Crystal Green says
We sell pallets for a living. Del also makes furniture out of the leftover pallets we can’t sell.
This flag is perfect for a yard decoration. It is nice. Thanks for sharing this with us.
michelle h says
I had access to pallets last summer and never got around to using them. I could kick myself. Do you sand them at all?
This one I didn’t but some you have to.
Elizabeth Duke says
What a great idea! I also like to upcycle things. I would have never thought about doing this until I saw this post. I’m going to try this soon. Thank you for sharing.
Ooh awesome! My mum has just used pallets and added padding and cushion cover for outdoor seating ! Pallets are so useful!
Alice @ Earning My Two Cents says
looks great! so creative!
Beautiful way to upcycle.Thank you for sharing
Kelly @ A Mother's Design says
What a great way to upcycle a pallet. Thanks for providing inspiration and a new project.
Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden says
You did a wonderful job and saved a lot of money in the process. So patriotic. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty
Kim @ This Ole Mom says
I love your pallet Flag yard art. Great job and neat way to upcycle!
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.
This is a really great idea to repurpose a pallet. I have some at home that I’ve been sourcing through for projects. So far I made a shelf, toilet paper holder, and bathroom shelf. Thank you for sharing this idea!