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Grandinroad Hack - A Pallet Project

We all love to use pallet boards and so do I. What if we took a bunch of pallet boards and turned them into a wooden present for Christmas?
Step 1: Cut your pallets in between the mounted boards. This makes it easy and quick. You don't have to try and take the pallet apart.
Step 2: Cut each pallet board to 12 inches in length. Lay three boards down for one side of the box.
Step 3: Grab a piece of thin trim to use to secure to the top and bottom of the boards.
Step 4: I used a nail gun to add the trim to the three side pieces.
Step 5: Put together the other side of the box as you did the first. Side three and four will have a smaller trim to secure the pallet boards.
Step 6: Add the top boards on. Since pallet boards are all sizes, you may have to giggle the boards some. Mine had a slight over hang on the top.
Step 7: Sand slightly and get ready to paint. I dry brushed on some red paint and then dry brushed green over that. Did not have a picture of the red, but here I am putti g the green on top of the red.
Step 8: Continue to add green until desired look. Sand a little or a lot.
Step 9: Adding metal ribbon. I purchased this metal ribbon on sale. Several sizes but not much in each one.
Step 10: Paint the ribbon red on both sides. Add ribbon to box with small tacks. Bend the ribbon into a bow and secure to top of box with nails.
Step 12: I added a wooden Christmas mouse to the top.
The idea came from a magazine called Grandinroad where they have three sizes of wooden boxes for sale. The 12 inch one is $89,(my size) $129 and $189.
Grap your pallets and make some wooden presents. You can find more details on this project at http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com/2016/12/grandinroad-hack-pallet-project.html and more cheap decor ideas.

Materials used for this project:

  • Pallet boards   (free)
  • Metal ribbon   (Home Goods)

To see more: http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com/2016/12/grandinroad-hack-pallet-project.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Judy ashland
    Judy ashland Ooltewah, TN
    on Dec 8, 2016

    such a cute project!

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Dec 9, 2016

    Very creative! Love it!

    • Eclectic Red Barn
      Eclectic Red Barn Fort Lauderdale, FL
      on Dec 9, 2016

      Thanks William. It was someone else's idea but so excited to make my own.

  • Giorgia
    Giorgia Brazil
    on Dec 11, 2016


    • Eclectic Red Barn
      Eclectic Red Barn Fort Lauderdale, FL
      on Dec 11, 2016

      Glorigia, thank you for the sweet words. I thought it looked great, but you never know what others will think.

  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Dec 11, 2016

    Wow!! I'm astonished at the simplicity , well done you for having the creativity to make your own version of this great little idea. It looks fantastic.

    • Eclectic Red Barn
      Eclectic Red Barn Fort Lauderdale, FL
      on Dec 11, 2016

      Sandra, Sometimes it is easy to copy a project - which was the case with this wooden present. I was so thrilled with it.

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Dec 11, 2016

    Love this! Hey, why didn't someone tell me about metal ribbon? Amazing! I gotta get some of it!

    • Eclectic Red Barn
      Eclectic Red Barn Fort Lauderdale, FL
      on Dec 11, 2016

      Jeanette, I felt the same way when I saw the metal ribbon package. I am so glad that I saved it for the project. Can't wait to get more.

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