Pallet Art Silhouette

Creating beautiful decor out of pallets is the rage right now.   While this isn’t exactly a pallet project it could easily be just by picking up some in the back of an alley (asking permission of course).   Yesterday I showed you how I used some fence pickets to make some old barn wood looking frames.   Today I made my family silhouette wall art out of the same fence slats I found in my neighbor’s trash.   I was originally inspired by Rosenberry Rooms “How much you are loved” wood sign for $64.

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Rosenberry Rooms “How much you are loved” $64

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Old fence pickets or pallet wood

chop saw

measuring tape



Martha Stewart Paintbrush Set

Plaid Folk Art Foam Pouncers

Folk Art enamel paint in Aqua

vinyl with transfer tape with Silhouette Cameo

or contact paper with an Exacto knife

Matte Mod Podge

Wood Joiners

1. I used five 16” slats to form my board and then screwed in two slats onto the back to form one continuous board using wood glue between the slats to provide extra stability.   I also added wood joiners in the middle as well.

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pallets nailed together

I had asked my FB friends if someone could help me by turning our family picture into a silhouette.   So my new friend (thanks Krystle!) made me a black and white silhouette of the picture below.


Photo Credit: Patricia Karina

infanitly creative

Using my Silhouette cameo (you could use contact paper and an exacto knife too) I cut out a vinyl cutout of my silhouette and transferred it to the fence boards. Then I used matte Mod Podge to seal the edges of the vinyl.   I was concerned since the board was so rough that my stencil wouldn’t stay in place when I went to paint it unless I did that.

mod podge pallet wood

Once dry I applied some Aqua Folk Art Enamel paint with a foam pouncer.


While wet I removed the vinyl.   Then I took a paint brush and smoothed out the paint to really push it into the grain of the wood.


I let it dry and hung it on my wall.   A simple and quick way to preserve that moment in time (when your kids will still hold your hand).

silhouette pallet art

Do you love weathered wood projects?  Here are a few more I did…

Eat, Surf Pray Art (with free printable), Pallet Silhouette ArtBarn Wood FramesWood Flower Trough CenterpieceHow Sweet It is to Be Loved By You art piece

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Beckie, First of all I love Silhouettes, I actually used them as part of my companies logo. I like them so much, they are timeless and classic. Secondly, I glanced at this post and thought you made both of the paintings and thought they were both nice but I really liked the first one more. Now I know after reading you made the first one for a fraction of the cost of the Rosenberry Room’s one. I think that your photograph works so well for this type of project because there is a lot of definition between each person, I also am partial to your color choice as well and the leaving more space around your family allows you to really appreciate the portrait. Really good interpretation of the original piece. Great job. Lesley

That’s one of my favorite projects you’ve done … it just looks great! I just made a pallet-style project {} and I wish I had thought to mod podge the edges … that idea is brilliant!

This is adorbs, Beckie! Just darling. You know, my mom has an old, and I mean OLD, red barn that has to be torn down (long story). I’ve told the contractors that I’m keeping ALL of the wood. They think I’m nuts. Mom said, “she’s a blogger”, like these guys would have a clue what that meant, ha ha. I’ll have enough old wood to make, well, to make a BARN if I wanted to, ha ha.

I think I’ll stick to a few goodies like this. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Love what you have done here with the silhouette! It’s so cute and looks fairly easy to create. Can’t wait to try this project and see how it turns out :) Thanks for a great post, you have a really great blog aswell!


Saw you on IndyStyle this morning. I have to be honest, I’ve never seen an episode of the show, but my 18mo old was playing with the remote. I love the J cut out you made!!! Unfortunately, I don’t think it would look as good with an H.

Thrilled to have found your site. love your roadkill rescues!!

Shawnna H