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Pallet Projects

Lately, I’ve been really into pallet projects. After being on Pinterest for years, I finally decided to use the inspiration to tackle some projects. I saw some fun string art and thought I could do that. My husband took apart the pallets and reassembled them for me to make my art. The first one I made was a mountain scene:

Mountain Scene

This was more difficult to do than I originally thought. I had wanted to put pretty dainty nails to wind the string around it. Yeah, that was so not happening. Apparently, I hadn’t realized that pallets are meant to be durable and pounding nails into them would be near impossible. Thank you dear husband for the use of your drill. I now claim to be a drill expert. After about 200 screws, I started to wind the string. I messed up and this took me 3 attempts¬†to get it this way. I did this one in a bit of a hurry so I could give it to my mom for her birthday. Lucky for me, she liked it!

Next, I decided I wanted to make Colorado flags. My mom preemptively asked for one. I had already started to make her one for Mother’s Day. Geez! Way to ruin the surprise, mom!

1st CO Flag I made

1st CO Flag I made

My favorite little lady with the Flag!

My favorite little lady with the Flag!

We have this one in our entry way! Then my husband took more pallets apart. He doesn’t like this part. I am very grateful! He only made 3 more completed backgrounds for me to make some more flags. He said he needed a break from pallets for a while. But I NEED them! That was a few weeks ago and has agreed to ¬†take several more apart for me this weekend! I am so thrilled! He has endless access to pallets from his work, so I will absolutely be taking advantage of this perk!

I love how the wood gives additional character to each flag. For each flag I use between 200-300 screws. I just eyeball how I want it to look, so it’s definitely not perfect. Once it’s time to put the string on, I can usually complete the project in a couple to a few hours. It’s a mindless job once the screws are in place. It’s soothing for me actually. I can get lost in a stringing rhythm. I enjoy it. I also, get blisters on my hands. My sister has requested a mountain scene as well. I am not quite done. I’ll post a picture once that is completed.

This is a fun new artistic direction for me. I’ve been really into shabby chic decor. Like I’ve said before, I need a barn. I feel like if I could have some acreage and a barn, I could turn it into my little art studio and make a sorts of fun pallet projects. I’ve got tons of ideas thanks to pinterest. I’ve got the pallets. I’ve got the string. Now I need a barn and some land.