Pallet Wood Hearts Step-by-Step Tutorial

Last summer I took on the ginormous task to taking apart TWENTY pallets to make these super awesome raised planters for our attempts at gardening.

Well, I had a little wood left over that has just been sitting in our garage since August. Fast-forward to January 2015 and I have the best idea on how to use some of that wood!

You can make these pallet wood hearts in less than an hour using this DIY tutorial. This is the perfect DIY project to use up pallet wood, barn wood, or any left over scrap wood.

Repurpose that beautiful wood once used for transporting something really heavy into lovely Valentines décor! 

Once the holiday is over I separate the group and use them all over the house.

Once the holiday is over I separate the group and use them all over the house.

Do not be intimidated by the thought of using power tools ladies! Just be sure that you are being careful and safe an you can master this project!

One of my favorite things about this pallet wood project is that I can’t get over how cute they turned out BUT ALSO that you can pull them together for FREE using scraps!


Thin wood for baking
Jig saw

Then you have everything you need to create a one of a kind piece for your home. In my house I am really starting to love the natural look of distressed wood. These hearts fit right in!

Here is how the were made. Well, lets be honest, my brother and dad did all the work and I love them so much for always taking care of me! 


Rustic home decor is so popular these days! I used some old pallets to make these super cute DIY wooden pallet hearts! They were so easy to make and and took under an hour! Perfect year round DIY home decor!


How to Make Pallet Wood Hearts

First you are going to need a stencil of what you would like your hearts to look like and what size you need. Hearts are a simple enough shape to free hand and if they don’t turn out perfect, I think that just adds to their charm.

So trace out the exact shape and size onto a scrap piece of paper then cut it out.

Pallet Hearts Stencil


If you pieces of pallet wood are a lot long then you need for your stencil, cut them down to usable sizes. This will make them a lot easier to work with. 

Pallet Hearts Saw

Next, trace your stencil onto the baking. Layout the pallet wood in the order you want them to show on your heart, placing the “good side” down.

Line the baking wood on top of your pallet wood and attach with screws. Make sure your screws aren’t too long or they will poke out on the front of your heart.

Pallet Hearts Trace and Screw

Take your jig saw and cut out your heart.

Then sand the edges and wa-la! You are ready to display these beauties, adding some rustic love to your home!

Pallet Heart Cut

Pallet Hearts Cut 2

I love getting these out and using them in different places of our home each year for Valentines Day. Once the holiday is over I separate the group and use them all over the house.

You can make these pallet wood hearts in less than an hour using this DIY tutorial. This is the perfect DIY project to use up pallet wood, barn wood, or any left over scrap wood.

Pallet Hearts 1

This really is the perfect DIY project for any beginner when it comes to wood working. It’s super easy, minimal tools needed, and you will be finished up in less than an hour.

Once the holiday is over I separate the group and use them all over the house.

Once the holiday is over I separate the group and use them all over the house.

Thanks for stopping in! I’ll talk to you Pearls soon! xox


This was such an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to make DIY pallet hearts for a fun decoration! These were simple to make even without knowing how to use power tools! Such a good use for old pallets!


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  • Janet Price
    January 16, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Yes, having a brother & a dad who are craftsmen really helps. My elderly friend has cut up pallets for years for his fireplace. He has 4 tool sheds in his back yard all of the nails are out wit h stacked wood. When it comes to the time when he passes on, I will give you a call.. (We are in charge of cleaning things up and selling the home) I am sure you can make something out of them. These hearts turned out really cute.

    • Brittany Cooper
      January 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you Janet!Taking apart pallets is the hardest part for sure!

  • Charlotte
    January 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Wow these are just gorgeous, thank you for this post! Thank you for sharing with Frugal Family – don’t forget to link up another post next Thursday! xx

    • Brittany Cooper
      January 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks Charlotte! I definitely will be there! Frugal should have been my middle name!

  • Evelyne
    January 22, 2015 at 7:36 am

    What a neat way to re-use pallets and / or the scraps of already re-used pallets! Tanks for sharing with us at the Frugal Family Linky, Evelyne

    • Brittany Cooper
      January 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks Evelyne! It’s a lot of work getting those pallets apart but it is worth the $0 price tag!

  • Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness
    January 25, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    These are TOO cute!! I love pallet projects, and these are no exception! We’d love for you to share this with us at our link party Motivational Monday! Hope you have a fabulous week! http://www.dwellinginhappiness.com/motivational-monday-21/

    • Brittany Cooper
      January 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks Amanda! I love pallet projects also! Its the taking apart pallets that Im not such a fan of… lol! 🙂

  • Candace
    January 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I need to master power tools! These are so pretty!

    • Brittany Cooper
      January 29, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Candace! I also need to master power tools! Haha! Maybe my dad and brothers can give me a few lessons. 🙂

  • Erlene
    January 30, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Love the rustic look of these hearts. Thanks for the great tutorial too! Would love if you shared this on the Spring Craft Blog Hop.

    • Brittany Cooper
      February 2, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Thanks Erlene! I just paid a visit and posted up a few links! Thanks for stopping by and connecting me with your link party!

  • Funky Junk Interiors
    January 31, 2015 at 2:12 am

    These are so cool! I can think of so many things to use them for. You’ll be featured on my FB page on Saturday. Thanks so much for linking up! 🙂

    • Brittany Cooper
      February 2, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Thank you so much again for featuring me on your Facebook page! Such a huge honor! I saw so many views (like a ton!) from your help! This was my first time finding your blog and I already and following all of your social media to make sure I don’t miss one thing! I love your ideas! Thanks again!

  • Melinda @Home.Made.Interest
    January 31, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Stopping by from Skip The Housework Link Party. Love these rustic hearts. Now if I could only get over my fear of using a saw. Pinning!

    • Brittany Cooper
      February 2, 2015 at 6:42 am

      Haha! Or maybe just find a someone who can help you out like I did! I too need to muster up some courage and do more projects like this solo. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Cathy
    January 31, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Love these hearts, so creative! I love the color of the wood! Found this on the skip the housework link party!

    • Brittany Cooper
      February 2, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Thanks Cathy! Pallet wood is such the perfect wood for so many different frugal crafts!

    • Brittany Cooper
      February 2, 2015 at 6:41 am


      I just took a visit to your blog and I really love it! I’m super excited to start following along and being inspired by more of your super great ideas! Thanks for stopping by! So glad to have found you and your blog!

  • Tania
    February 1, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Those are just beautiful, I’m pinning!


    • Brittany Cooper
      February 2, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Thank you Tania! They were a fun project!

  • Cap Creations
    February 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Those are absolutely adorable! I love them.

    • Brittany Cooper
      February 4, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Thank you so much for taking a look! They were a lot of fun to make and delicious to eat!

  • Amy Kinser
    February 3, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Pallet wood is so fun and versatile to work and play with. My daughter built me an outdoor table with some old pallets we had lying around.

    I do love the hearts you made, Such a fun, simple, lovely way to add neutral Valentine’s decor.

    Visiting from Farmhouse Dreams. God bless, Amy

    • Brittany Cooper
      February 4, 2015 at 7:44 am

      Thanks Amy! I totally agree with you, the rustic wood is exactly the texture I wanted to add to my Valentines decor! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Denise
    February 5, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Super cute!! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!! Pinned 🙂

  • Amanda Evans
    February 7, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I adore these and am pinning! Thank you so much for linking up at #MeetupMonday this week, where your Strawberry Chocolate Kabobs were already featured from last week! So digging following Pennies into Pearls and figuring out later today which to feature this week. Thanks again!

    • Brittany Cooper
      February 7, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you so much Amanda! So excited to have found your blog! I am in need of some DIY chemical free living. Excited to follow along and learn more from you! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Bethany Magnie
    May 13, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I’m reading this and all I can think is “I wish my boyfriend would let me use a saw…” haha!

  • Sarah Beth
    May 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Those are super cute!

  • Valerie@Occasionally Crafty
    May 13, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Those are awesome! I need to find some pallets 🙂

  • Kayli Schattner
    May 13, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Those are so cute!! I’d love to paint them and hang in my bedroom.

  • Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama
    May 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Ohh I love these hearts!!! Thanks for sharing the wonderful tutorial! Excited to go cut some out now 🙂

  • Cutter John
    March 20, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Well this is the neat way to make shapes from wood. But should use gloves for safety.

    • Brittany Cooper
      March 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you for the compliment and thank you for the tip! 💜

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