In the last few months I have been playing around making wall decor from an old wood pallet. I also have a graveyard (that’s what I call it) of weathered fence pickets. It’s a gold mine. For this project, I chose to use a wood pallet, but either will work just fine.
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Re-purposed Wood Pallet Chandelier
- wood pallet
- orbital sander
- 150 grit sandpaper
- pneumatic staple gun (or screws)
- wood glue
- mod podge
- glass crystals
- cup hooks
- chandelier stencil
- folk art acrylic paint
- makeup sponges
- artist brush
- 220 grit sandpaper
Picking Your Wood Pallet
I hand-selected each and every board paying attention to details. Knotholes are a good thing. Rusty nails can be good too. All adds to the character and that rustic look I’m after. After pulling most of the nails, I sanded the board with an orbital sander. I used 150 grit paper due to the rough texture of the boards. Some were smooth and some rough cut. Stenciling on rough boards can be tricky so I got them semi-smooth. I laid all the board out and assembled them one by one until I achieved the look I wanted. I used my pneumatic staple gun and wood glue to secure the boards with 2 cross pieces on the back.
Ha! Yes, you’re seeing right. Meet Walter. Better known as the neighborhood pigeon. He comes to visit me frequently in the studio. Today, he was particularly attracted to the glass crystals that I plan on using to add a little bling on this wood pallet.
The chandelier stencil was purchased from Amazon and you can find it by CLICKING HERE. It’s been in my studio a couple of years now waiting for the right project. It a thick reusable stencil so I can use it over and over. It would great for a raised stencil as well. The entire design size is 21.2″x 36.7″. I actually made two of these signs at once since I had all the supplies readily available.
Creating a shadow with Your Stencil
The first wood pallet I did had a double stencil with one done in white and the overlapping stencil in black. This created a shadow effect and gave it a 3D look. I used Folk Art craft paint and makeup sponges to carefully blot the paint over the stencil. Be careful not to push the paint into the board, but simply tap it on lightly. Due to the rough texture of the boards, it can cause leaks under the stencil. You can also Mod Podge as your first layer before your color over the stencil. This will create a seal that will keep the paint from leaking under the rough surface of the wood pallet. Fill in the gaps (bridges) from the stencil with an artist brush and lightly sand after the paint has dried with a 220 grit sandpaper.
Attaching The Crystals To The Wood Pallet
The plan was to attach them somehow to the wood pallet. I tried a few things, nails, screws, etc. Nothing seemed to look right. One evening I was sitting in bed and it popped in my head. Cup hooks! Why didn’t I think of that before now? I think it will work on the wood pallet.
Cup Hooks For The Win!
These cup hooks are genius! Perfect for attaching the crystal to the wood pallet. This will allow you to remove the crystals for easy cleaning, or you can change the crystals out. They also come in colors!
How To Create A Shadow Effect With Your Stencil
This chandelier wood pallet wall art was done with a single stencil. I applied the black stencil first and then overlaid the white to create a shadow effect by shifting it slightly.
Wood Pallet Chandelier Wall Art
The wood pallet chandeliers were a real hit! Since making these two, I have made many more and donated a few to different fundraisers in town. You can only imagine the bidding wars the ladies got into with these rustic beauties. Great fun and a worthy cause. Thanks so much for stopping by. If you like what you see, give me a shout out! I’d love to hear from you.
Until the next project…