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May 14, 2015

Nursery Pallet Art {One Power Tool Challenge}

I'm so excited to tell you about a new monthly blogging series called the One Power Tool Challenge. Twelve of my tool using, skill sharing blogging friends and I have joined forces to encourage and empower our female readers to step out of their comfort zones and try simple projects they can make themselves using a power tool.  This month our featured Power Tool is a Drill.

One Power Tool Challenge Graphic

Thank you Wendi at H20 Bungalow for creating, organizing, and hosting this series!  She's a creative, power tool savvy kinda gal and I encourage you to check out her blog.

So to begin our Power Tool Challenge I am sharing How To Make Easy Nursery Pallet Art. Seriously, this project took me all of 15 minutes to assemble!

Nursery Pallet Art for the One Power Tool Challenge Drill Round

Here is what you'll need to make them...

Materials List for making Nursery Pallet Art

Materials List

  • Plank boards (I used leftover pressure treated fence boards 5 1/2" x 16")
  • Upright strips (mine are ripped cedar leftover from another project 1"x 2")
  • If you need to purchase fence boards and 1 x 2's, Home Depot will cut them to size for you for free. 
  • Drill
  • Drill screwdriver bit that matches the screw heads (in my case it was a small Robertson)
  • Small drill bit (for making pilot holes)
  • Small eye hooks (I used 6 in total)
  • Picture hanging wire gauged for the weight of your pallet art

For those of you who follow me you know that on March 21st we became Grandparents for the first time.  Up until now our grandson has been sharing a room with his parents.  That all changes in two weeks when they move and our little man will have his own room.  I can't wait to help my daughter decorate Westin's nursery and so that is what inspired this project.

Pallet Art for a nursery

Westin's Mom & Dad haven't seen this surprise yet but they both follow my blog so hey guys...surprise!!

The How To

Measuring for the upright supports on Nursery Pallet Art

Step 1:  Measure 1" from the end of each plank.  I used three planks per pallet art.

Drilling pilot holes in the Nursery Pallet Art upright supports

Step 2: To avoid the wood splitting when you drill the uprights, make small pilot holes with your drill bit (see Materials List photo).

Drilling the upright supports onto the planks of the Nursery Pallet Art

Step 3: 
Align the uprights to the 1" pencil marks you made previously and drill them in place.  One screw per plank on each side is sufficient to hold them together.  I should caution you here not to use screws that are too long or you'll have them poking through the front.  It helps to apply some pressure on the drill to get the screws to countersink slightly so they sit just beneath the surface.

Nursery Pallet Art assembled

Step 4:  Marvel at your handy work and give yourself a tap on the back for using a power drill if you've never used one before!

Adding picture hanger wire onto the Nursery Pallet Art

Step 5:  On the upright supports measure 3" from the top and insert an eye hook.  Repeat this process on the opposite side.  Attach picture hanging wire securely to the eye hooks.  It's important that the wire is gauged for the weight of your pallet art.  I couldn't resist writing a Message From Grandma on the back of each one.

Nursery Pallet Art Project 1 and 2

Nursery Pallet Art Project 1 and 3

Pallet Art #1 - An Image Transfer 

Nursery Pallet Art with photograph image transfer

Pallet Art #2 - Chevron Stripes and a Wood Letter

Nursery Pallet Art with wood embellished letter of the baby's first name

Pallet Art #3 - A Frame To Hang Baby Pictures

Nursery Pallet Art adding a frame to hang baby pictures

I'll be sharing the How To's on the pretty in a post next Tuesday.  Come on back and learn how to age wood, transfer photos, paint chevron stripes, and create a photo frame.  If I included them you'd be here 'til Christmas reading this post!

Nursery Pallet Art Trio A

Nursery Pallet Art Trio B

These should go well with the IKEA Tarva Dresser Turned Change Table and the Rock'n Green Chair that I made for his nursery as well.

I hope my Nursery Pallet Art has inspired you to pick up that power drill and give this a try! 

Nursery Pallet Art Trio C

Now it's time to see what the others created with their Power Drills. If you like what you see please Pin directly from their blog rather than the links.

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