December 22, 2013

Love Note Pallet Art

My husband and I just celebrated a milestone anniversary - 10 years!  I can hardly believe it.  I'm such a lucky woman!  We have such a fun time together, and I am so blessed to have him!

Since our anniversary is so close to Christmas, I usually like to give him a hand made gift - something a little different than the purchased gifts that are often under the tree.  I enjoy the sweet gesture that spending time making a gift gives.  So, this year, I decided to make a pallet art love note to hang in our bedroom.  Pretty simple, but I love the weathered look.

This frame was yet another side-of-the-road find.  Nice and big, with a really rustic wood feel.  There was still a picture inside, so I ripped that out, and had a nice big blank frame to use for my project...

I cut up some really cheap wood so that it would fit in the frame with a bit of overlap in the back.
Then, I stained/painted it and tried to make it match the color of the frame a bit more.

After the wood was painted, roughed up, sanded, and looking nice and shabby, I attached it to the back of the frame.

First I put down a line of wood glue, then I set each of the boards face down inside the natural groove of the frame.  Below you can see a picture of the back.

Then, I nailed through the boards into the edge of the frame so that it was all tightly held together.  You could totally do this with a smaller frame, and use wooden stir sticks, or some other reclaimed wood.  It's also great because you can use a frame that doesn't have glass.

Below, you can see what it looks like from the front.

I made myself a stencil and carefully dabbed white paint to create the words.  My vinyl was not sticking well to the stained wood, so it was a little tricky.  Overall, I think the imperfections add to the charm ;)

I took a little time figuring out how to make it all rhyme - which makes it fun to read out loud.  I love the simplicity of the stenciled letters, and the sweet message.  It a fun reminder on the wall every day of how important my sweetheart is to me.

What about you??  Do you like to make anniversary gifts too?  
I'd love to hear about your hand made gifts!  

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  1. So, so cute! I love the wooden pallet look. I haven't made one of these in awhile. You've inspired me to get busy on one. Thanks so much for sharing! Enjoy your day!

  2. Love your project and your love poem is so sweet. Found you on Roadkill Rescue. Pinning

  3. Oh my! Not only are you creative, but you are poetic too! I love this idea! I have a few old frames I've picked up (with $$), that need a purpose, so I may have to use this. Happy Anniversary and may you have many more! *Saw this on Roadkill Rescue.

  4. What a great project! I found you through Roadkill Rescue!

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