Wood Pallets


In honor of Independence Day this week I decided to do a patriotic upcycling project. I have seen the big wood pallets painted in the American Flag but not small wood pallets. I’m going to show you how you can make a cool American flag out of a small wood pallet.
The first step before all steps is to find a small piece of wood. I had mine pre-cut  by a friend who has given me old pallets. (Thank you Don & Nicole)

First, sand the piece. I used a simple sander.


Second, draw the lines for the stripes. I used whatever was near me. It happened to be a stick.

Third, I used a scrap piece of trim to make the square.

Fourth, I used red, white & blue Annie Sloan paint. ( Emperor’s silk, Provence, Old White) Use a small brush to paint the stripes.

Tip: Don’t aim for perfection. The more imperfect the better!
Finally, I used clear wax and dark wax to seal and darken a little. I used hot glue with a little of a Gorilla glue for the star shell. The rope was stapled on the back with a staple gun.


I love how simple it was to make.

I hope this inspires you to do something too!

Feel free to comment below. Happy 4th!
*update* Another way to make these are to go ahead and paint the entire pallet old white and then paint the red stripes. I found this to be a little easier.
* note I was planning on making two but made one instead because I ran out of time.

Materials used:


star shell

Annie Sloan paint (Emperor’s silk, old white, Provence)

small paint brush

clear & dark wax


straight edge tool


Diy wood pallet sign

I’m going to show you how I made this cute sign. I saw something similar on Pinterest and I thought I would give it a try. My friend Nicole celebrates her 10 years of marriage this year and I decided to make her something special. Here is step by step of the project.

  • First, I took my pallet wood and sanded with my mouse sander.(excuse the mangos in the background)
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  • Next, I took gray paint and brushed lightly on the wood. I waited to dry and added a light white wash coat.
  • Then, I dipped a small cloth in brown stain (wear gloves)and just wiped some on and off to get the look I wanted. 
  •  I took a stencil I created on my Cricut machine and with a pencil I traced the letter. I carefully took a small stencil brush and out lined the letter then filled in. 
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  • The bottom letters were too small for me to stencil so I decided to make stickers instead and when I put the clear coat on top it sealed them. (Never done that before but I like trying new things)
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  • I accidentally put a heart instead of a dot after the word Est and I was so happy because I love it more!
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  • Finally, after the paint dried I put a layer of clear coat Polycrylic clear satin finish. One hour later I went back and put one more clear coat on the bottom letters to make sure it was sealed.
  • I hope this inspires you to make one. What do you think? If you would like one made and personalized prices start at $25. Send me a message through FB or e-mail at bpupcycled@gmail.com. As always check out my Etsy store at Blackpearlupcycled for other cool items for sale!
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Supplies I used: 
Gray paint 
White paint 
Dark Walnut Stain 
White cloth 
Paint brushes 
Cricut machine to make stencil letter 
Medium brush 
Small stencil brush

Making a wood pallet sign


I was given a challenge this week to make a pallet sign and I’m going to show you how I made it!

  • First sand the wood you are going to use. I had pallet wood hanging around thanks to some great friends. (Don & Nicole)
  • Next, I stained the wood with a dark antique glaze and let dry.
  • Then, I cut the letters on my cricut machine to stencil the letters on but I ran into a problem. I did not like the way it was turning out. Here’s a picture… image
  • I started from scratch and began with a new piece of pallet wood.
  • I decided to use a different stain. This time I used a dark walnut stain.
  • I played around with the size and font of the letters and decided to decoupage them on and paint over them. image
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  • The next thing was to paint over the letters but I did not have a small brush for this so I used a toothpick.
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  • I let dry and spray painted a clear satin coat for extra protection.
  • The last part was to glue on the clothespins. I ended up dipping the clothespins in the stain and let dry.
  • I used wood glue to secure the clothes pins and let dry overnight.
  • It took me 3 days for the entire process. I had to have my hubby help me with the hanger hooks. It was not easy putting them on but with a little persistence it paid off. Putting the twine string was easy breezy.
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  • I love how it turned out and so did my friend! Have you tried making a pallet sign? If so please share!
  • If you would like me to make you a wood pallet sign just e-mail me at bpupcycled@gmail.com *Prices start at $25.00