I've been meaning to jump on the reclaimed pallet wood bandwagon for a while now, but haven't known which project to make. When I saw these wood arrows from Cherished Bliss, I knew that was the project for me. So I pulled out my pallets from storage and got to work to decorate a neglected wall in my bedroom.
This project is simple and quick. Once your pallet is taken apart, you can have three decorated arrows in a little over an hour!
- pallet wood
- miter saw (I used this one by Ryobi)
- decorative paper (I used Hazel & Ruby Pass the Tissue in Mod Gray/White Polka Dot)
- Mod Podge
- foam brush
- sheet sander (I have this Ryobi sander) with 150 grit sandpaper
- 12 2-in. mending plates
- drill (I used this Ryobi cordless)
- 24 #6 1/2-in. wood screws
- 3 sawtooth hangers
Measure the pallet wood to your desired width. Mine are 15 inches, but yours may be larger or smaller, depending on where you'll hang them. Adjust your miter saw to cut at a 45-degree angle. Cut 12 pieces at your desired width.
Decide which side of the boards will face up. Some pallets are rougher than others. Because we're gluing paper to the surface, choose the smoothest side.
Cut your decorative paper to cover the size of your boards. With your foam brush, spread Mod Podge across the top of each board, covering them with the paper. Press down and smooth out any bubbles.
With a sander or sandpaper block, sand the edges of the board, separating the paper from the wood. Lightly sand the top of the board, distressing it as much or as little as you like.
Once all of your boards are distressed, turn them over and line them up, forming an arrow shape. Screw in mending plates with a drill and #6 screws. Repeat this where each board meets.
Add a sawtooth hanger to each arrow. If hanging them as I did, place at the top center. Turn over to double-check that everything is lined up. Then hang them up, spacing them out a few inches apart.
I hung mine between the blank space above my desk. They fit perfectly between the window and the wall. Maybe I'll look up more often when I'm working. Where would you put these arrows in your home? Do you have a pallet that's waiting to be transformed?
For 6 more ideas on repurposing a pallet, check out this post at Hazel & Ruby!