DIY Rustic Arrow

Scavenger Chic‘s Joan loves working with pallet wood so much that she started to panic as her stack of pallets dwindled.  Luckily, she found three pallets leaning up against a dumpster, so she was back in business!  Check out her latest pallet project.


This one happens to be a great way to use up the smaller cuts of pallet wood leftover from other projects.  Joan started by cutting out an arrow from plywood.  Next, she covered the arrow with her pallet scraps, trimming the edges to fit the shape of the arrow.  She added to the wood’s patina with a bit of paint.  To really make the arrow look finished, she painted PVC lattice to look like rusted metal, and wrapped it around the edges to frame the arrow.  It looks amazing!


See a picture tutorial of this project at Scavenger Chic.

Finding Love: a Trail Sign

Amy shared this craft at Stow & Tell U for Valentine’s Day.  Her version of this is definitely geared for that holiday, but this is a concept that you could adapt for any holiday or event–it would be super cute at a wedding, actually.  Amy crafted her version using scraps of pallet wood.


Starting with three slats from a pallet, Amy cut the slats in half and trimmed an end on each piece to form an arrow.  After sanding the boards, she mixed up a custom stain using red food coloring and vinegar.  Once applied, the homemade stain gave the boards the look of weathered, pink paint.  Amy painted on some catchy, love-realated locations with white paint before she nailed her pink arrows onto a sign post.  Adorable!


Get all the details you need to create your own version of this trail sign by clicking over to Stow & Tell U.

Pallet Wood Wall with Floating Shelves

At Ellery Designs, Michelle was trying to convince her husband that they needed some floating shelves on their dining room wall when he said he thought those shelves would look better against a background of rustic wood.  “I have to admit I wasn’t totally sold on the idea,” Michelle admits, “but let him run with it and now I can say I’m totally obsessed!”  For this project, her husband used wood pallets that they already had.


After tearing apart the pallets to harvest the wood, Michelle’s husband used the wood to outline a square on the wall and then filled it in with horizontal boards.  H built the floating shelves out of wood and attached them to the pallet wood square.  Michelle had a ton of fun styling her new pallet wood wall with floating shelves.  Doesn’t it look great?


Get more details on this project by visiting Ellery Designs.

Ikea Cabinet Makeover with Pallet Wood

Over at Place of My Taste, Aniko has had this Ikea shelving system in her dining room for several years.  She loved the way it functioned, but when she spotted a similarly shaped cabinet at West Elm in a completely different style, it was love at first site.


Aniko decided to use her existing buffet cabinet as a starting point to get the look of the West Elm buffet that she so admired.  “I went to a local business place where they make pallets and asked them if they perhaps have some wood pieces that they don’t need anymore. I gave them my best smile and got a bunch of wood panels,” Aniko explains.  She stained the wood and cut it to fit the doors on her cabinet, then simply screwed the wood panels onto the doors.  The results are completely gorgeous–even better than the West Elm version, if you ask me!.


Visit Place of My Taste to get all the details on this project.

Decorative Shutters Made from Pallet Wood

At Prodigal Pieces, Larissa scored some weather shipping pallets for free, thanks to Craigslist.  She decided to use some of her pallet wood to make some shutters for one of her windows.


After dismantling one of the pallets, she cut the boards to the sizes she needed for this project.  Each shutter was make of several longer boards that were braced together by two smaller boards nailed across them.  Larissa points out that it’s easy to cover up the lighter wood that shows up where the boards are cut by dabbing it with a bit of watered down gray paint.  The finishing touch was the addition of antique barn door hinges to each shutter.  “Viola! Not only did I help a local merchant clean up an unsightly pile, but was also able to create a lovely rustic touch to my home,” Larissa says happily.


Visit Prodigal Pieces to view a full tutorial for these faux barn wood shutters.

Beachy Pallet Project

“My sweet and amazing husband surprised me with some pallets out in our garage,” says Courtney fondly at Crafts By Courtney.  “Who needs flowers when you get a pile of pallets to craft with!”  Who indeed?  Courtney’s first project was to add a little bit of the beach to her Florida home.


After ripping her pallet apart, Courtney nailed two of the pieces together to create a sign-like background.  She left the wood as it was, loving the weathered color and texture.  She hot glued some faux starfish from the craft store onto her sign.  Don’t they look amazing against the old wood?


Get all the details on this project when you visit Crafts By Courtney.

Wood Crate Upcycled to Silverware Caddy

I found this abandoned little wood crate in the middle of a K-mart parking lot,” says Stacey at Addison Meadows Lane.  She had been wanting a silverware caddy forever, so Stacey knew exactly what she could do with the crate and snatched it up immediately.


At home, Stacey brushed all the dirt and grime off of the wood crate and gave it a coat of white paint.  She measured and cut some pallet wood to make dividers that would fit down inside the crate.  She painted the inside of the crate and the dividers a lovely shade of blue.  On the outside of the crate, Stacey stenciled the word “enjoy”.  ” It still to this day amazes me what a little bit of paint can do to something,” she notes.


To learn more about this crate rescue, visit Addison Meadows Lane.

Perfect Picture Frames from Pallets

I am knee deep in a garage, mudroom and kitchen addition,” says Katie from Little House of Four.  “Each week we’ve had a few deliveries, which all resulted in pallets full of material being delivered to the house.”  She’s been using all that pallet wood to make useful and beautiful things for her home.  Her latest project is turning pallet wood into picture frames.


After pulling off several boards from one of the pallets, Katie cut them into equal lenghths.  She glued several boards onto a rectangular piece of thin luan board, then stained the boards. She purchased 8×10 pieces of plexiglass to protect her photos, then attached photos and plexiglass the stained wood with tabs that she cut out from leftover sheet metal.  What a unique and beautiful way to display photos!


Click over to Little House of Four to get a full tutorial on this project.