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.

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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.

DIY-pallet-board

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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Comments

  1. 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! :)

  2. LOVE the yellow!

  3. 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.

  4. LOVE IT! ‘nough said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. 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

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

  13. WOW…Beautifully done…the ruffles are genius…

  14. Amy Jo Trager says:

    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.)

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

  16. I love this and would totally buy this!!!

  17. 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?

    • 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.

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

  19. 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 :).

  20. Love this idea!

  21. Shannah @ Just Us Four says:

    such a cute idea!

  22. Karen Marie Kedzuch says:

    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!

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