DIY Pallet Wood Cornice Boards

by Thistlewood
2 Materials
3 Hours

If you are looking for the perfect recycle project?

This DIY Pallet Wood Cornice Board is one of the best.

It's such an easy way to take pallet wood and make it into an incredible window treatment. And the best part? It's so easy to make when you follow these DIY instructions.

1. Cut boards

Here’s the cut sheet for the diy pallet wood cornice board project.

We started with the plywood boards for the center and cut a piece of plywood that with a 1″x 1/2″ border around the edges.

You can see it laid out in the diagram.

The goal was to attach the boards to the plywood, frame out with 1″x 2″ boards and hang up.

2. Add smaller pallet wood boards to center pieces

This is created from standard pallet width boards cut 6" wide.

Start with the center plywood boards that are cut to18″ long and 6″ wide.

Next, attach 10 pieces of pallet wood to the top in rows. You will want to nail these in place.

After these are finished, nail the finished two boards to the larger piece of plywood.

Here's the reverse side of the board so you can see how the two smaller boards were attached.

3. Frame the center board with plywood

Simply follow the diagram on step 1 for the measurements of the side boards.

You'll need two boards cut for trim pieces on each side.

(2) 1" x 2" x 18"

and (2) 1" x 2" x 6"

Next, use finish nails to attach the 1″ x 2″ boards to the sides of the plywood boards with pallet wood on top.

4. Add sides of cornice

After we finished the front—we realized that we needed a way to hang the cornice.

We added in 1″ x 2″ boards to the sides of the cornice.

They wrapped around the edges.

You can see them here in the bottom of the picture.

5. Add hangers

We found this hardware at the home improvement store.

We attached it to the back and got ready to hang.

To make it easier—we actually moved one to the outside of the cornice board to make it easier to hang.

Hang up the cornice boards with anchors.

Here is the finished cornice board in the space.

I originally planned to stain them, but I love the look of the unfinished wood and how it makes sense with the other rustic elements in the room.

It's such a simple way to add character and personality to your home--starting with your windows.

If you liked this pallet wood project, here are a few others you might want to check out:

DIY Pallet Wood Tree

DIY Pallet Desk

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  • Olivia Olivia on Apr 19, 2020

    Instead of hangers, wouldn't hinges work as well, esp. decorative ones?

  • Natasha Cahela Natasha Cahela on Jun 28, 2020

    Can you tell me the brand and name

    of this wall paint? Love love love you style and ideas!

  • So the hanging hardware on one side is exposed?

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  • Archie Archie on Apr 13, 2021

    I'm not exactly sure how you hung this but I'd suggest a French Cleat would make it easier to remove to clean the window. They are quite simple to make and work great.

  • MB MB on Apr 13, 2021

    I like this idea