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May 14, 2015

How to make small wood pallets for Nursery Art

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.

To begin our Power Tool Challenge I am sharing How To Make Small Wooden Pallets For Nursery Art. Seriously, this project took me all of 15 minutes to assemble!

DIY Nursery Pallet Art

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

Materials to make 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 was the inspiration for this project.

DIY Nursery Pallet Art

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

How To Make Small Wood Pallets For Nursery Art

DIY Small Wood Pallet Art

Step 1: Measuring the planks

Measure 1-inch from the end of each plank (I used three planks per pallet).

Building Nursery Pallet Art

Step 2: Drilling Pilot Holes

To avoid the wood splitting when you drill the uprights, make small pilot holes (see materials list photo).

Drilling upright supports on small wood nursery pallet art

Step 3: Attaching The Uprights

Align the uprights to the 1-inch 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.

Small Nursery Pallet Art Boards

Step 4: Give yourself a pat on the back

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

I couldn't resist writing a Message From Grandma on the back of each one.

Picture hanger hooks for nursery pallet art

Step 5: Attach Picture Hangers

On the upright supports measure 3-inches 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.

Nursery Pallet Art

Nursery Pallet Art

Pallet Art One - Photograph Transfer Onto Wood


Photo Transfer on Small Wood Pallet

Pallet Art Two - Monogram with Chevron Stripes


Chevron Stripe Monogram Pallet Art

Pallet Art Three - Framed Photograph 


Framed Photo Nursery Pallet Art

I'll be sharing the a tutorial on how to make each DIY Nursery Pallet Art next Tuesday. Come back and learn how to age wood, transfer photos, paint chevron stripes, and create a photo frame.

Nursery Pallet Art Trio

Small Wood Pallet Nursery Art

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

I hope my Small Wood Pallets for Nursery Art have inspired you to pick up that power drill and give this a try! 

DIY Nursery Wall Art

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.

Now it's time to see what the others created with their power drills.



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