Monday, April 21, 2014

An Oh So Upcycled Piece of Pallet Wall Art

So I made a fabulous little piece of wall art, and boy is it upcycled!  It all started with a few planks from a discarded pallet.  Then I added some paint from the "oopsie" paint table from my local Lowes and flowers made from thrifted T-shirts and scrap fabric.

Assembling the "canvas" portion of the artwork was the easy part.  Yes, I had to use a few power tools but it really was quite quick.  The steps are below, but if you'd like to see it done you can view the YouTube video here.

1.  Cut several planks from a pallet (or other pieces of weathered scrap wood) to the same size and sand them before proceeding
2.  Cut two more pieces of scrap wood to act as supports across the backside of the canvas
3.  Drill two pilot holes in one of the pieces and screw in your eye screws
4.  Glue and screw your support pieces into the planks
5.  Attach your picture wire

And that's that...for the canvas.

The artwork itself wasn't difficult but it was bit more involved. I found it easiest to prepare all my pieces and do a rough layout before making anything permanent.  I started with several flowers made from T-shirts.  These are a very simple flower that you can make from T-shirts or any other fabric scraps that you already have.  Check out the video tutorial of the flowers here.

To make the stems and the shaped flower petals I simple wrapped some craft wire with T-shirt and other scraps, securing it with a little E6000 Adhesive.  I used the same adhesive to attach all fabric pieces to the pallet canvas.  But before I did that, I used my Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
to cut all of the letters out from contact paper.  I applied the letters to the pallet canvas and used a dry brush to paint over them.  Then I removed the contact paper and used a paint pen to make the letters pop.  You can see it ALL done in this video tutorial.


  1. this looks so cool! You are so creative, I would have never thought of up-cycling old planks. Happy Earth day! :)

    1. Thanks, Sami! Old pallet planks, old fence pickets, old deck reason to toss 'em I say. A little sand paper and viola! The perfect canvas!

  2. Great recycling project. Your art is beautiful!

  3. I love how this turned out! Using the fabric scraps is very creative! :)

    1. So many t-shirts end up in the landfill each year....I love finding new uses for them.

  4. This is a really neat idea!

  5. Awesome upcycle! Love the wall behind it too! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  6. nice stuff, hope it´s getting more...i have made some cleansing scrubbers out of vegetable mesh. i could not link my post because i did not host my blog by my own. have al look, and happy upcycling!
    cheers, julia


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