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.

valentine-pallet-art

Supplies:

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

hammer and nails or air nailer

square

measuring tape

miter saw

stain

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.

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building-a-pallet-board

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.

how-to-make-a-pallet-board

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.

staining-a-pallet

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.

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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.

tracing-heart-onto-pallet-board

hot-gluring-ruffles

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.

lowes-build-and-grow-flower-vase

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

valentine_art_pallet_board

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

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  • http://www.creationsbykara.com/ 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! :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

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

  • http://www.sawdustandembryos.com Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    LOVE the yellow!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you Beth!

  • http://www.flamingotoes.com 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.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net 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!

  • http://sawdustgirl.com Sandra

    LOVE IT! ‘nough said.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net 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! :)

  • http://www.kristendukephotography.com 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!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

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

  • http://www.everythingyoudoisaballoon.ca Krystin

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

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

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

  • http://www.talesofthescotts.com Eva Scott

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

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

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

  • http://savedbylovecreations.com Johnnie

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

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I adore you my friend, thank you!

  • http://rachelgoing.blogspot.com 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

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

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

  • http://athomewithsweett.blogspot.com/ Tracy Snyder

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

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

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

  • http://www.tttreasure.com haydee@TtTreasure

    WOW…Beautifully done…the ruffles are genius…

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net 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.)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

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

  • http://foxhollowcottage.com Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage

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

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net 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!!!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Awww thanks Gina that is a big compliment ;-)

      • Gina

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

        • http://infarrantlycreative.net 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?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net 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!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net 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 :).

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net 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!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks, Kat!

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  • Shannah @ Just Us Four

    such a cute idea!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net 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!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

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

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