wood pallet art - cool ideas to reuse pallets for crafts
You see them everywhere, even big signs on the sides of the roads or at hardware stores offering them for free. Wood Pallets.
They are used to transport all kinds of goods and after a while many businesses will build up too many. They are often recycled, but many times they are just left in piles to rot. This is where upcycling comes in. You can take those bits of pallet board and reuse them and create saleable pieces of art.
There is nothing more grand than that feeling of taking trash and turning it into treasure and then making money by selling it. There are many ideas of ways of using these rough pieces of wood if you are willing to give it a try.
They can be made into signs, and wood wall art, or they can be made into something useful such as blackboards, check this video out.
This distressed frame could be made into different sizes for any of your craft ideas. If you are looking to frame some rustic pictures to sell then create your own frames out of wood pallets. You can distress them even more with watered down acrylic paints, and then using a wire brush or cloth to take some of the paint back off.
Below is a video showing 30 different arts and crafts you can make using the old pallets. Remember, don't just take them, always ask if you can have them. Check in you local paper as there may be ads that say "free pallets" or check at your local hardware or home improvement stores to see if they have any they are getting rid of.
AS you can see in the video there are all kinds of things you can make.
But if you prefer to create wood crafts on a smaller level, then consider things like clocks or something that is art but yet useful. Customers love unique but they also like it to do something if it can.
The video below shows how you can create a quick and easy clock out of the pallet wood and you could then decorate any way you like. You can get the clock workings at crafts stores or online and they are affordable. If you get the pallet for free and purchase the clock workings, you will still be able to make a profit from a craft like this.
Clocks are great crafts to make and sell. They can be art and yet functional. In this digital world it is nice to create an old style clock.
You could make these as simple and as rustic as you want like in the video, or you could take it up a knotch and transfer a picture to the wood, or create inspirational words or add really cool clock numbers. You can make this to hang on the wall, or get an easel at the dollar store for it to sit in. These are really cool pallet art ideas.
You can purchase most craft supplies online through Amazon, especially the clock movements. So, get your creative juices flowing and start cutting down those pallets and coming up with some really cool wood pallet arts and crafts to sell in your craft business.
You don't have to create large pieces (unless you want to) there are so many cool ideas to upcycle and reuse these materials so that you see more money in your pocket from the sales. Just click the picture or the title link to see these clock workings online.
Fence Panel Clock - or Wood Pallet?
I found this other really cool clock. Now this one is much bigger, and the artist uses fence boards, but you could probably do the same from pallet boards and make it a bit smaller. But wouldn't that look cool on a blank wall with the roman numerals too?
You can get the clock supplies online, but just imagine the creations you could make from old fence panels as well as pallets.
If you like the idea of a larger clock, then you need to get "high torque" clock movements or workings for it to work properly. Check below:
As you can see from above videos, there are all kinds of cool ideas for using wood pallets which is basically like getting free lumber. The hardest part is getting the pieces apart without causing injury. Usually a crow bar is involved and many hands, but I came across this tool called the "Pallet Buster" that makes quick work if you have a lot of pallets to take apart.
Many artists use pallets for everything from small craft projects to larger pieces of furniture. If you can get these things apart quickly then you can get on with your projects. So this might be a worthwhile investment for you.
This tool makes quick work without the bending and yanking you would get with a crowbar, which can also damage the wood.
Hope you get inspired with all kinds of cool wood craft ideas to make and sell or keep for yourself. Getting creative is the fun part.
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