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DIY Pallet Wall Tutorial
We started with 2 pallets that were 4×4 size. We stood them up and placed 2 – 2×12 boards that were 30 inches long on the bottom of each pallet. Each board got 4 screws straight into the bottom.
The 2×12’s make the base really sturdy. That was our biggest concerned about having these at the wedding venue. I can just see my kids climbing these things! Mom’s of boys please tell me you understand!
The next step is to cut the third pallet in half to put on top of the other two pallets. We wanted the DIY pallet wall to cover a couple of things so we needed them a little taller but not two pallets tall. So we took a circular saw between slate and cut the last pallet in half.
We then took the 2×4’s and cut them into 4 ft pieces. Each wall has a 2×4 on each side to brace the top section. They are screwed in from the back braces and into the side. The screws went all the way through but they are in the inside we we didn’t worry too much about it.
Then slide the top section onto the 2×4 braces and put in a couple more screws. We lined up the 2×4 braces in a way so that we can put a couple screws into the back pieces of the pallets.
Our pallets had a lot of foot prints so we used 80 grit sandpaper on an orbital sander to sand the entire surface. 80 grit will leave circular corkscrew divots and I was ok with that. If you are not then go ahead and work your way up to at least 220, maybe more. I also used a hammer to distress the wood even more. One other trick is to lay a screw on the wood and hammer it so you can see the lines from the threads.
We used classic grey stain and I love the way it looks weathered! It’s now my favorite stain to use.
Use banners and photos to decorate the completed wall. I used clothes pins to add photos to the banners.
I added my DIY ampersand sign on the wall. Any of my frames were easy to hang because they had sawtooth hangers on the back. They easily fit into the slats of the pallets.
This DIY pallet wall is a great place to display more of your engagement photos that friends and family didn’t get to see. Add phrases and large frames or a banner with your wedding date!
Looking for more DIY wedding ideas? You can see my post of great ideas here!