Create Some Pallet Art for Harvest Season
I’ve been seeing a lot of these pieces of art using pallets lately, and thought this would be fun to try. We were driving by a local store, and I saw a pallet leaning on their outside wall. Headed inside to see if they needed to get rid of it. They said yes, so I put it in the car!! Yippee – so many people online say that they can get them for free, but the only places I know of usually up by our home sell them for about $10.00 each. No thanks!! This work of art only cost me about $4.00, with having to buy only some of the things I added on.
My husband helped me out in the garage, with cutting the pallet apart and screwing it all back together. I could usually do all of that myself, but with a sore back lately, couldn’t really plan on the leaning over. Thanks honey!! I really love how it turned out. It’s fun to pull into our driveway and see his smiling face. With Thanksgiving coming, and the amazing season of Fall all around us here in the mountains, I figured it would match perfectly.
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Create Some Pallet Art for Harvest Season
- Wooden Pallet
- & Time!
I started out by finding this pallet at one of the local stores here on the mountain. They wanted to get rid of it, I needed one – yippee, FREE!! Thanks Butterfly Boutique!!
My husband got the saw out, and just cut the pallet pieces apart. If you try and remove the nails just as it sits above, you take the chance of cracking the pieces of wood, and not having a lot left to use. Just be sure to wear some safety equipment, and be careful.
I then cut one of the small parts of the pallet wood into (2) equal size pieces. These will be to screw onto the back of the pallet pieces, to hold it all together.
After that, David ran some holes into the back of the wood, so that it wouldn’t split when we added the screws. Add one piece to the top, and then another at the bottom to hold the boards together in the shape that you wish. You can cut them in any length, and put the smaller boards between the wider ones, etc.
Next, I added some painters tape to the top of the front piece to split where the “hat” would be vs. the “face”. I painted this a dark brown, and let it dry before removing the tape.
Next, I painted the light color for the “face” under the brown. I didn’t have to worry about matching up with the edge of the brown color, since the board you’ll use as the “brim” in a few steps, will cover all of that up.
I also painted the back of the pallet with the brown color, when I was doing the front part. My husband said that would help to keep it lasting longer, having the wood outdoors braving the elements (hopefully we get some snow this season).
When all of the paint dries, you can attach the other piece of pallet wood that will be the “brim” of the hat. I had already painted that the same brown color, and let it dry before I screwed it in.
Once it was attached, I went back over the screws with the brown paint to cover them up, and make them a bit less noticeable.
Now that all of the background paint had dried, I started working on the face details. Just using a pencil, I traced out the shapes of the eyes to paint. I did it freehand and very light, so I could change it up, if they ended up being different sizes, etc. It was easy to paint over the pencil to hide it.
After the eyes were painted (leaving a little “white” opening), I used some adhesive to attach flat-backed glass beads, to bring the eyes out even more.
Then I drew on a “candy corn” nose shape under the eyes, and started to paint that in the three colors.
Once the nose was done, I used a black marker to outline it. Figured that would be easier than trying to paint a straight line…I’m not very good at doing that! :/
Next, I had a bunch of raffia from the dollar store that I wanted to use to decorate the hat. I pulled some out, and then secured the part I was going to use with a cable tie and cut it from the rest.
I then just used some wood glue, to attach it behind the hat – there was a little bit of an opening, due to a warped pallet piece…perfect!!
I then inserted some other decorative pieces, that I had found at the dollar store to add a bit more decoration to the brim of the hat.
When I was all finished, I just displayed it out in our front yard for the neighborhood to enjoy our little scarecrow!
I hope you like it! Please take a minute to leave me a comment, and let me know what you would do different, or what you would add, etc. Be sure to tweet, pin, share, etc. – thank you!!
“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!”-Luke 12:24
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