Monday, June 24, 2013

A Pallet-able Project

There are a lot of people out there right now on Pinterest and all over the web who are making astounding things out of pallets. Of course one thing leads to another and the love for making things using pallets has turned into simply a love of pallets. To help spread a little more pallet love, today's blog topic concerns making something into a pallet. Well, making popsicle sticks into a mini pallet coaster, to be exact.

If you want to make this pallet project for your own home, you're going to need a few things first. Popsicle sticks are the main ingredient but you'll also need something to cut them with and something to stain them with. I used some heavy duty tin snips and Tim Holtz's Distress Stains respectively. To round the project off, you need a length of balsa wood - square shaped, not circular - a hot-glue gun, and an Xacto or utility knife.

I then cut both ends off of the popsicle sticks to give them straight edges. You can also find popsicle sticks ready made without the rounded ends, but I used what I had on hand. I also cut the balsa wood into pieces that were roughly the same size as my popsicle sticks. Then I used the Distress Stain to give the wood pieces a rugged, weathered look. Last, I hot-glued the popsicle sticks to three pieces of balsa wood.

Keep in mind that these coasters are supposed to look raw and used, just like those life-sized pallets. Don't worry if your popsicle sticks hang over too much or if a couple of your pieces have some rough edges. In fact, you want these cuties to look as imperfect as possible. The less refined the better, I think, and they're great for adding a fun, rustic touch to your home.

Drop by our Enchanted Lake store during July for demonstrations on how to make some pallets of your own.

See you soon,
Puna @ Enchanted Lake

1 comment:

  1. So cute!! This is totally a project my son could do. I'm thinking maybe we could use multiple popsicle sticks stacked on top of each other instead of the balsa wood (in case we can't find it). Totally cool coasters!