I know there are a million pallet projects out there, but I never pegged this as being one of them. When I saw what we were working with, my first question was “where are you getting your lumber scraps?” The answer, broken pallets. Essentially, pallet scraps.
I wasn’t really prepared for how cool my project was going to turn out, otherwise I would’ve brought my good camera. After sharing a picture on Instagram this morning, I knew I would have to suck it up and share grainy cell phone pictures because you guys LOVED this project! Rest assured, once I have it on the wall, you’ll have a much better picture of it. I also want to add something to it… maybe just the word “home” but I haven’t decided yet.
A friend invited me to join her at a craft workshop at Sweet Grass in Mooresville, NC. I’d seen the place a million times, but never stopped to go inside. I’m not sure why, but I guess I’m just always on my way somewhere and the timing has just never been right. Anyway, I fell in love with the store immediately and knew that I had seriously been missing out on so much amazing crafty decor goodness.
Our pallet project started with us each selecting 4-6 pieces of pallet scraps for our signs, plus two smaller strips to secure the pallet scraps together. Some people made signs that were uneven on the edges, some had theirs trimmed down into truer squares, some went with smoother pieces and some went with rougher pieces. No two signs created were alike. Hammers, nails, wine and good conversation – a perfect combo.
The pallet scraps vary quite a bit in color, so for a more uniform start, my friend Heather and I both dry brushed our signs with brown paint. Several of the other ladies used the same technique with white paint, and I think there was one that was dry brushed with black too!
While most of the ladies were doing fall themed signs (lots of pumpkins!), I went with something a little different. Heather found a really cute canvas on Pinterest with a bird on a branch. I loved it and decided that I wanted something similar. I can’t letter to save my life, but I can free hand like a boss. I sketched out my design in pencil and went back with a simple white paint to fill it in.
I could not be happier with how my pallet scraps sign turned out! I can’t wait to get it on the wall and make some additional pieces to go with it. I can see a lot of pallet scrap projects in my future. Heather’s sign turned out wonderful too.
The cost of the workshop was $30 and included wine and appetizers. Considering what I came home with, it was WAY worth it. Plus, it was just SO MUCH FUN! If you’re in the area and want to check out Sweet Grass or if you just want to browse through their amazing projects, you can find them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.
So, what do you think of my pallet sign???