DIY Beachy Upcycled Pallet Art


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I have been drooling over all sorts of awesome repurposed pallet projects on Pinterest for a while now. In fact, I even started my own Pinterest board dedicated solely to my love of pallets. There is just something so appealing about rough, weathered wood that is completely FREE!

DIY Beachy Upcycled Pallet Art

For Trouble’s beachy mermaid party I decided to take advantage of the abundance of free pallets available at a local business to create some beautiful upcycled pallet art that we would be able to enjoy long after the party was done. This was definitely a collaborative project between Husband and I–he did all the hard labor of disassembling then re-assembling the pallets, while did all the girly work of making it look cute.

Here is what you need:

old pallet
acrylic paint in aqua, light blue, & white
computer & printer
2 bottles puffy fabric paint
wax paper
white school glue
large starfish
hot glue gun

Pallet Art

Step 1:  Carefully disassemble the pallet then re-nail the boards to one side so that there are no gaps between the wood.

Pallet Signs

Step 2: Lightly sand the pallet to remove any rough edges; vacuum or wipe clean with a dry rag.

Wood Signs

Step 3: Dip your paintbrush into one color of paint, then blot dry with a paper towel. Lightly brush paint over pallet boards to create a weathered look.

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Step 4: Repeat with remaining paint colors until you are satisfied with the effect. Let dry.

Enhancing the Interior

Step 5: Pick a font that you like, then type out your quote or saying in a word processing program (like Microsoft Word or Pages for Mac)  Make sure to make your letters very large! Print out the words, then tape pages on table and tape a sheet of wax paper over top. Trace words with puffy fabric paint, then let dry on wax paper for 24 hours.

DIY Upcycled Pallet Art

Step 6:  Carefully peel letters from wax paper and glue in place on pallet using white school glue.

DIY Pallet Signs

Step 7:  To attach starfish, place generous dollops of hot glue on each of the five points. I use the high-heat hot glue which sticks a LOT better than the low heat kind. (But be careful!)

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Step 8:  Hold starfish in place until glue has cooled completely.

Beachy Upcycled Pallet Art

Step 9: Find a focal point to display your beautiful art piece. Easy and (practically) free–what’s better than that?

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In addition to the large pallet piece, we also made a smaller “Mermaids this way” sign using much the same process, although instead of dry-brushing on the paint, the girls helped me paint the whole thing. I then distressed the paint with sand paper, then painted on the lettering instead of using the puffy paint method.

DIY Beachy Pallet Art

DIY Wood Signs

For the mermaid photo op stand Husband found a white board in the garage which was leftover from our kitchen remodel a few years ago. I drew the mermaid, loosely copying the mermaid from the invitation, then husband cut out the face with a jigsaw. Once the hole had been cut, the girls and I painted the mermaid and husband built a stand to hold the sign using more wood from a disassembled pallet. The final touch was dry-brushing the wood with the same paint colors I used for the main art piece above.

Pallet Art

Free pallets are cool! 🙂

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Have you ever done any projects using free pallets?


  1. June 17 at 10:14AM

    Love this!! What businesses usually give away pallets like this?

    • Ruth Soukup
      June 17 at 01:49PM

      We got ours at a local manufacturing company. I think any warehouse or manufacturing type business that gets a LOT of shipments is usually happy to give them away.

  2. June 18 at 01:52PM

    I love your signs and I really love the mermaid photo op piece. What a fabulous idea for birthday parties – I will have to steal this next year when our family goes through birthday season again 😉

  3. June 19 at 12:07PM

    What an awesome idea! You did such good job with the photos and everything to show how it’s done. I totally wan to do something like this with my family now.

  4. August 27 at 12:00AM

    Hi,,, I love pallet furniture because it easy to make and not very expensive, thanks for share it. So continue your work about pallet projects. again thanks

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  7. heather payne
    March 22 at 08:50PM

    Hi! I am so excited to make this!
    I was wondering if you know what size font you used?
    And do you mean you glued the actual puff paint to the pallet itself?

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