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.
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!
Here is what you'll need to make them...
- 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 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.
Westin's Mom & Dad haven't seen this surprise yet but they both follow my blog so hey guys...surprise!!
The How To
Step 1: Measure 1" from the end of each plank. I used three planks per pallet art.
Step 2: To avoid the wood splitting when you drill the uprights, make small pilot holes with your drill bit (see Materials List photo).
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.
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!
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.
Pallet Art #1 - An Image Transfer
Pallet Art #2 - Chevron Stripes and a Wood Letter
Pallet Art #3 - 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!
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!