DIY Pallet Valentine Art

I am not a huge seasonal decorator.  Are you?  I don’t have a lots of tchotchkes and other décor to just change it up every season.  I am pretty simplistic in my approach to decorating.  I usually decorate maybe one entryway table seasonally and maybe add in a few new pillows since I love making them. I decided to create a large DIY “LOVE” art for Valentine’s day.  However, I used untraditional Valentine’s day colors so I can display it year round.  It looks like a mini pallet and without the ruffles costs $9 to make.



9 – 1”x 2” x 8’ furring strips (they are $.75 each at Lowes)

hammer and nails or air nailer


measuring tape

miter saw


old t-shirts

primer and paint

7 yards of Simplicity Canary Yellow Box Pleat Quilt Binding

hot glue gun

flat paintbrush

wood glue

pre-wood conditioner

1.  With your miter saw cut the furring strips to the size you want.  I cut 2 @ 26” and 2 @ 32”.

2. With wood glue on each edge and a square shoot nails into the sides of your board to create a frame.



3.  Cut 22 furring strips @ 28”.  Using your air nailer, nail the furring strips down onto the sides of your frame.  I used a nickel for spacing between boards.


4.  Don’t patch up any of the holes or sand the furring strips.  We are going rustic here.  Just give it a quick coat of pre-wood conditioner.  This step is important when staining pine because if not it is all splotchy and the stain doesn’t take evenly.  Wipe away the excess.  Once dry give it a coat of stain.


5.  I used my Silhouette machine to cut vinyl out hoping to spray paint the letters on with a vinyl stencil.  Unfortunately the vinyl didn’t stick to my newly stained boards.  So I ended up tracing the letters on and then priming and painting the letters silvers.  Kind of annoying but worth it in the end.  I just used the little craft paints for the silver letters.


6.  Once dry I sanded the letters down so that the wood would peek through a bit.

7.  I traced the heart and then just hot glued the ruffled trim in place.



I love the unexpected in décor.  Like pairing ruffles and wood together.  Swoon!

Here is the best part.  A sweet little handmade chalkboard heart vase that he built for me last year at the Lowes Build and Grow clinic.  Gotta love that kid.


And here is my simple montage to Valentine’s day.


Love this idea?  You can see the other one I made for Thanksgiving as well, which similarly, can be used year round.


  • Kara

    I love this Beckie! It’s just gorgeous, and I love the contrasting texture of the wood and fabric. I’d want to hang it up all year too! :)

    • Beckie

      I know I love pairing ruffles with a hard surface. Thanks for the love Kara. Will you be at SNAP again?

  • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    LOVE the yellow!

    • Beckie

      Thank you Beth!

  • Beverly {Flamingo Toes}

    Soooo cute Beckie!! I love the ruffles too – they’re super cute on the wood! I also love that you made it so it can stay up year round.

    • Beckie

      Thanks Bev! I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I just went for it and I am so happy. Even the hubby likes the yellow ruffles, score!

  • Sandra

    LOVE IT! ‘nough said.

    • Beckie

      Thank you Sandra. I had to take a break from building to build this bad boy. :-)

  • Teri

    Sooooo Cute!!!!! I would also keep this up year round! Best Valentine project I’ve seen yet!

  • Bridgett

    Love it, Beckie! I’m not a huge seasonal decorator either! I prefer to do some here and there decor! The yellow is perfect! :)

  • Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

    LOVE! I gotta know if you had to look up the spelling of tchotchkes. That just made me laugh;) Love the art piece!

    • Beckie

      Yep you got me. Totally had to look it up!

  • Krystin

    Love this idea! Also, “Tchotchkes” LOL!!

    • Beckie

      yay I totoally had to look up how to spell that ;-)

  • Eva Scott

    Wow! That ruffle is a-maze-ing!!

    • Beckie

      Thanks Eva. I love me some frilly ruffles every now and then!

  • Johnnie

    I am in love with it Beckie! Adding this to my pallet roundup. Great job!

    • Beckie

      I adore you my friend, thank you!

  • A Romantic Porch

    So cute! And it goes with your new color scheme…so there ya go! Perfect. I emailed a photo to you. I don’t know if your email has changed. Let me know if you don’t have it. [email protected]
    I did a post about meeting you. I hope you are ok with that. Decided to go ahead and post it since I haven’t heard back.
    You are wonderful.
    xo rachel

    • Beckie

      No I never got it Rachel. Boo! Can you try again?

  • Tracy Snyder

    Wow, I love it! Perfect for everyday decor and V-day. I’m not a huge seasonal decorator either.

    • Beckie

      Thanks Tracy. I must have you and (B)rex over soon!

  • haydee@TtTreasure

    WOW…Beautifully done…the ruffles are genius…

    • Beckie

      Awwww thanks Haydee. I love a little unexpected poof of ruffles every now and then.

  • Amy Jo Trager

    Sweet! I love it! (But did you really spend $20 on the box pleat ribbon??? LOL! or did
    you find a thrifty way around that.)

    • Beckie

      Amy Jo it was actually in my loot from CHA so I didn’t pay for it. :-)

  • Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage

    So super stinking cute! That bright sunny yellow is so fun and unexpected This is darling Beckie!!

    • Beckie

      Thank you Shannon I am in love with it. Sometimes I do a project and it takes a little warming up to but I instantly fell in love with this one.

  • Gina

    I love this and would totally buy this!!!

    • Beckie

      Awww thanks Gina that is a big compliment ;-)

      • Gina

        If you ever decide to sell them please let me know!! :)

        • Beckie

          :-) I sure will!

  • Kristina

    I came across this blog today just by searching on google some projects to do with pallets. I love it and I love the color of the stain you used. I tried to read it but cant, what color of stain did you use for this project?

    • Beckie

      Oh I am sorry I forgot to mention that (I will update my post to reflect it). It is English Chestnut and I use it ALL.THE.TIME. It is my favorite. It is a great color without any red to it.

  • Amy Bain

    Love this Beckie! It goes perfectly with my color palette! I might just have to steal this idea. You never cease to amaze me!

    • Beckie

      HAHA! It sure does, doesn’t it. If it is missing I will know where to find it!

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  • Heather

    I have a question. It says 9 furring boards. Did you cut 22 pieces from those 9 after the frame was made? I would love to make a variation of this for my mother. She’s so shabby chic :).

    • Beckie

      No I bought 9 furring strips that were 8 feet long and then I cut 22 pieces of them to size.

  • kat

    Love this idea!

    • Beckie

      Thanks, Kat!

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  • Shannah @ Just Us Four

    such a cute idea!

    • Beckie

      Thanks, Shannah!

  • Karen Marie Kedzuch

    Beckie, I learned a money saving trick from a finisher carpenter. My hubby and I refinished all the woodwork in our 1940’s home. We decided to find the same style trim that was in the house to keep the charm of our home. While I was buying pre-wood conditioner a finish carpenter said that water works just as well. I tried both and he was right. Now I save money while using water. Just a hint I thought I would share. I love your Craft room. I am just starting mine but it will not even put a shadow in your room. Enjoy you have worked hard for a beautiful work space!

    • Beckie

      OMG are you serious???? That is a huuuuuge tip. Do you mind if I blog about it?

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