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DIY Reclaimed Wood Star

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02 DSC 0021 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarUpcycling pallets has become very popular over the last year or so. Pallets have become one of my favorite materials to work with, so I can totally see the charm. They are free and the wood is nice and old looking. They are also fun to work with! I had a bunch of scrap pieces from the pallet art I have been making for the Flea Market. I thought it would be fun to use the scraps to make large shape that I can use for an art piece for the back porch. We decided to make a large star shape. This DIY was really pretty easy! I had a blast making it with the hubby this past weekend!

Here’s What You Need:

*Reclaimed Wood (Scrap wood, Pallet wood, etc…)

*Pencil and/ a marker

*Band saw or circular saw

*Brad Nailer and Nails

*Sawtooth Hanger

Instructions:

08 photo 1 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarThe first thing you need to do is arrange your scrap pieces on a flat surface face down forming a canvas. Free hand your shape on the back side of your scrap wood carefully. Draw over the final shape with a marker.

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10 photo 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarStarting with the bottom pieces, cut the wood where it was marked with your saw. After you cut each piece, lay it back where it was so you can keep your pieces straight and together. Cut all of the marked areas and lay the pieces out so they make up your shape, in my case, a star.

11 photo 4 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarTake a few of the scraps from the wood you cut and lay them out on the back side of your shape so that you will have a surface for all the pieces to be nailed to so nothing comes apart. Once you have plenty of backing wood, you are ready to nail it.

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14 photo 3 2 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarNail the backing wood to the back of your wood shape. Put several nails in each piece. To finish off the pallet art, attach a saw tooth hanger to the back of the star support pieces. Now it is ready to hang.

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01 DSC 0024 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarI absolutely LOVE my star! It is going to look fabulous on the back porch wall! I think I may try a few more sometime soon. Maybe a peace sign next time though. If any of you guys decide to make one of your own, let me know. I love it when you all try my projects, and I love seeing how you put your spin on it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Rustic Pallet Wood Boxes

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Today I have a super simple and fun DIY for you, rustic pallet wood boxes. They add a fun and green addition to your decor. I made a small one to use for holding pictures as well as 4×6 postcards for craft shows, but you could make them any size, depending how much pallet wood you happen to have. I only needed one board from a pallet for my little box. And the best part is that they are virtually free to make!

Here’s what you need:

*Pallet Wood

*Ruler

*Saw

*Wood Glue

*Trim nailer and nails or hammer and small nails

*L Brackets and screws

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Step 1: Measure and cut- Measure your pieces. My front and back pieces I made a bit bigger than my pictures so I made them 4.75″ long. Then I measured my box to be around 12″ long. Then measure your bottom. I mad the bottom 4.75″ wide, and then 12″ long minus the width of the pallet wood for the front and back, which was 1/2″ for each piece so minus an inch, which would make it 4.75″x11″. Cut all pieces with a hand saw, or power saw. I used a scrap piece of plywood for the bottom.

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Step 2: Assemble the box- Sandwich the front and back pieces between the side pieces and nail all four sides together. Then, fit the bottom piece onto the bottom and run a bead of wood glue around all sides and smooth. Then nail a few nails in from the sides into the bottom piece of wood for added strength.

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Step 3: Add Brackets- Screw in brackets in the middle of each side. Once the glue is dry in the bottom they are ready to use.

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These boxes are so versatile! You could use them for pictures, napkins, mail, craft storage, toys, whatever floats your boat. It’s a really fast and easy craft! It took me and the hubby less that 20 minutes to make, and I think the end cost was around $3.50. Pretty cool, right! They are just so fun and easy, you could make a whole batch of them in just an afternoon. So grab a pallet and let’s get crafty!

DIY Pallet Art

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Today I have a fun art craft for you all. Use old pallets to make a “canvas” that is both shabby chic and well, cheap! I stenciled a quote on mine, but you could use any subject matter you like. Getting the pallet apart was a bit tedious, but the stenciling was fast and easy. All in all a fun summer craft to make art for your outdoor spaces!

Here’s what you need:

*Pallet

*Reciprocating saw

*Circular Saw

*Hammer

*Wood Glue

*Brad Nailer

*Appropriate size nails

*Paint

*Stencils(optional)

*Paint brush or stencil brush

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Step 1:Cut the Pallet- You don’t necessarily need a bunch of power tools to get your pallet apart. You could get them apart with a hammer and a saw, but power tools sure do make it easier. We cut through the nails all around on the sides with the reciprocating saw, then cut the back up with the circular saw so you have your boards separated. With pliers pull off the back cut up pieces of your front boards. Then, hammer out the old rust nails.

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Step 2: Put the Pallet pieces together -First, with the circular saw cut one of the back pieces you have lengthwise, then cut strips into smaller pieces for the back brace pieces. Lay out your pallet boards face down and pushed up together. Place a generous amount of glue to the brace strips and glue them down, one at the top, one at the bottom and two evenly spaced in the middle. Nail down the strips with the nailer, or hammer and nails. Let dry.

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Step 3: Measure spacing- Place your stencils where you want them and the measure out and pencil in guidelines with a pencil and tsquare or ruler.

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Step 4: Stencil- Line up stencils on the pencil line. Firmly hold down stencil, then dip brush in paint and brush paint carefully onto stencil. Stencil all your words letter by letter until finished. Let dry. And you’re done.

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Pretty easy and fun right! And the best part is that it is super economical! I used the length of the pallet and didn’t cut it down, but you could cut the boards to any size you like. If you use outdoor paint you can use the pallet to decorate your outdoor space, or you could use regular acrylics and decorate your empty wall space. This one is going to have a home on my screened porch, or maybe my trellis. There are so many possibilities, so grab a pallet, and make your own one of a kind work of art!

Happy Crafting!

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Coastal Cottage, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Katie’s Nesting Spot, Somewhat Simple, The 36th AvenueThe Shabby Creek Cottage, & The CSI Project