Did you see my post a few days ago about me taking apart 20 pallets? That was a lot of work!
Luckily it paid off big time! Not only was I able to make six large raised planter beds but I have had a nice supply a beautiful wood to feed a few projects over the last year.
This easy project I am going to be sharing today has been something I have had in my mind for a while now and decided to put into action a few weeks ago!
When decorating my home I am finding that I love the look of distressed wood. I also love using family photos to add a little love. Cheesy but true! Put the two ideas together and here you have my new priceless pallet picture holder.
Have you ever used “engineer prints” from Staples to get your pictures printed? It is an amazing deal!
You can email Staples any high resolution picture and have it blown up in black and white for a fraction of what it would cost you to have them printed somewhere else!
These pallet picture holders were the perfect opportunity to use some of these inexpensive blown up photos! Another thing I love about this project is that it is super easy to change out the pic!
Like I said, I can’t get enough pictures of my family in our house but I get discouraged every time I need to update the pictures that are hung in frames on our walls. It’s always seems like so much work to take the frames down, swap out the pictures, then rehang them but making sure they all line up just how they did before. I know I am kinda a baby about this!
With this pallet picture display all you have to do is unclip the picture and you’re done! You have a brand new, up to date, beautiful picture of your family on display!
How to Make a Pallet Wood Picture Holder
And PLEASE excuse the quality of this video! It was one of my first videos I ever made when I first started Pennies Into Pearls. Instead of calling it “poor quality”, let’s just call it “quant”. Does that work for you?
Decide how big you want yours to be. I will be sharing the dimensions I used but depending on how big of a space you want to fill on your wall, you can change the size to fit your wants.
Supplies (to make one display):
6 – pieces of pallet wood cut to 30”
2 – pieces of pallet wood cut to 17” (for baking)
1 Easel Clip
Spray Paint (optional)
Small washer (big enough to hold screw into place over easel clip)
Side note: I try to buy as many craft supplies at stores like Michaels or Joanns where I can use a coupon!
1. Very first thing to do is pick out which pieces of wood you want to use. You can make this project as big or as small as you would like but I will be sharing the measurements I used.
2. Once you have decided on which pieces to use, you will need to cut the pieces so they are all the same length. It actually might even be cute if they are not all exactly the same size!
My favorite thing about using distressed pallet wood is that it doesn’t need to look perfect. The whole charm of the wood is that it isn’t a brand new piece of wood and already has so much character on it’s own.
3. Once all the pieces of wood are the same size line them up with the “good” side down in the final order you want them connected together.
Taking the two smaller pieces of wood place them perpendicular to the longer pieces of wood. This is what you are going to use to connect all the pieces together.
Make sure that all the wood is lined up parallel and not slanted and start drilling one screw into each section of board. One screw for each board. Repeat this step for the second short piece of wood backing. (Make sure to check out the video for this to make more sense)
Turn it over and you have finished the biggest part of the project! How does it look so far?
5. Now you are ready to add the hanging kit. You can find this kind of picture hanging kit at any hardware store. Make sure to pay attention to the weight limit on the package. I used a 50lbs wire since mine were a little heavier and a 10lbs limit was my only other option. Better safe then sorry!
Decide where on the back you would like to place your hanging wire. But make sure to place it on the backing piece and not on the vertical wood pallets. This is going to be the strongest point of the board.
You will want to make a pilot hole by using a drill bit smaller than the size of the eye screw. Make one hole on each side of the board.
Now screw in the eye screws by hand. I found it easiest to start threading it in by hand but to finish by using a screwdriver placed through the eye and using it as leverage. (Again, you’ll want to watch the video to see how this actually makes sense!)
6. Now cut a piece of your hanging wire. You will want to cut the wire at least 2-3 inches longer on each side. Loop the wire through each end and tightly twist the wire around itself to finish.
7. I decided to spray paint my easel clips an off white color. But you might want to just leave them as is. Once they are dry, using your drill, screw the clip onto the top center of your board.
That’s it! Hang it up in your house and start displaying beautiful pictures in your home.
I love how rustic and chic these look and not to mention that the entire project only cost me about $3!
Are you working on any pallet projects? Make sure to share them on Facebook or Twitter, tag me @penniesintopearls or @penniestopearls on Twitter and you might even be featured here on Pennies into Pearls!
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