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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DIY Pallet Photo Transfer Art


You guys, I am SO EXCITED to be sharing (you guessed it) another pallet project!  I've mentioned before that I love creating meaningful and inexpensive art and what better way to do that then with pallets.  My son is obsessed with all things trucks and tractors, so it was a no brainer to create custom truck art for his room.

How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com

Lately, I've been cutting pallets with a circular saw to avoid prying them apart, but that meant I was missing out on the rustic look of the nail holes.  Do you know how hard it is to pry pallets apart and not split the boards?  Trust me, it's hard.  So, you can image my surprise when 3 long pallet boards showed up at my house.  (Thanks, Mom!)  I knew right away they would be perfect to create rustic art for Owen's room.

I started by cutting the pallet boards down into 9 equal pieces.  Then, cut 6, 1x1/2 inch boards into smaller pieces to attach to the pallets.
How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com
Before nailing, I applied a fair amount of wood glue to the 1x1/2 inch boards then nailed them into the pallet boards.
How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com
I could have used a piece of thin wood, but chose to use thicker boards to make them more dimensional on the wall.
How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com
After the boards were nailed together, I white washed them by mixing equal parts paint and water.
How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com
I let the paint dry then it was time for the fun part!   I printed three silhouette pictures that I knew my son would love.  I trimmed the pictures down then applied a decent amount of Mod Podge to the front of each picture.
How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com
I laid the pictures face down onto the pallets then pressed firmly and smoothed them out.  Once the Mod Podge was almost completely dry, I wet a rag and dampened the pictures slightly and peeled off the paper.
How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com
Some of the white paper will be left on the board, but you can easily remove it by rubbing it off gently with a wet rag.
How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com
This method was perfect for the rustic look I was going for and my son absolutely LOVES them!  He had no idea I was making them and was so excited when I told him I had a surprise for him in his room.  

How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com

How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com

How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com


How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com

 How to transfer images onto custom pallet frames. - www.littlehouseoffour.com

Three custom pictures that were absolutely free and made my son smile.  I'd say it was a successful project!

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19 comments:

  1. I bet your son was so excited!These are so cute! I can think of all sorts of signs to make with this method! I'll have to give it a try!

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  2. Seriously cool Katie!!! I can think of a zillion places to put something like this in my home! BRILLIANT!!!

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  3. Um these are AMAZING! I can't wait to try this method!!

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  4. What an awesome idea & so easy too! Going to have to think of something to print and transfer for my son's room!

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  5. Katie, these are super cute. I want to try one with an airplane for my son's room. Love all of your pallet projects!
    Emily @ elizabethjoandesigns.com

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  6. These look great, Katie! I love the rustic look :) Would love for you to come share any of your fabulous projects at our Thurs. link party again please. Hope your week is great!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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  7. This is a really cool project! They look great.

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  8. I love how easy the transfer was! Those pictures are so cute and I just love the rustic look!!

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  9. Aw, these are awesome! My little guy would flip for these in his room! Great job, Katie!

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  10. sooo cute! I totally want to do this in my nursery! Thanks for linking up to Outside the Box

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  11. I love your art. I found your lovely blog on Think and Make Thursday link party.

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    1. I'm glad you liked them Vanessa! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  12. This is genius, Katie! Such a cute idea for a boy's room, too! And I totally feel ya on breaking pallets down. Such a PITA!

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  13. You come up with such great ideas for those pallets! These pieces of art remind of something that would come out of the Pottery Barn catalog. They are perfect for a little boy's room, yet still have the look of the rustic worn wood that we all love in our decorating. Fabulous!

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  14. Stopping by from Off the hook Monday link party. Love these! Love the rustic look, my son would love these too:)

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  15. WHAT AN AMAZING IDEA! (yes, bigger letters, cause I am screaming!)
    I love it! Have to try this! Thanks :)

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  16. These are SO cute and very creative. I can imagine your son was excited because they look great in his room. I saw your link at That DIY Party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

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  17. I love these! I just tried this method for the first time last week. Mine kept bleeding, I think I was using too much water lol. I am going to try it again with the mod podge too..Thanks for linking up this week to Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party!! Remember party starts again monday at 10pm to see who was picked for features and link up new content!
    If you follow me on Google+ I send out a reminder, and I try to follow everyone back that adds me :)
    There were so many inspiring links this week, hope you found a few that inspired you as well!
    Thanks again
    Jessica http://www.liverandomlysimple.com

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    1. JBArts, my daughter just made something similar. She said you have to use a Laser Printer to make this work. The InkJet will not adhere to the boards. She ran to office depot and had hers printed for very little money!

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