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Christmas Pallet Subway Art
Posted By Jocie On December 6, 2012 @ 7:00 am In Crafts,Holiday & Parties,The Better Half | 55 Comments
You may have seen on Facebook that I occasionally get the pleasure of hanging out with Liz at Naptime Decorator  and her friends for their craft night. This was my second craft night with Liz. My first craft night was just before Halloween and I made a Candy Corn frame. It was an epic fail. Seriously. I used Elmer’s Glue and it melted the candy corn. It didn’t look so bad after I started over and used hot glue.
I looked like a real winner with Liz’s friends. “What do you do?” “I have a craft/DIY blog like Liz.” (I responded with underlying shame). Next time, I should wait to see if my craft is a success before I tell the truth! haha
This past craft night could have gone similarly. I planned to make a pallet sign but didn’t get my act together until the day of. Fortunately, I had recently cut up some pallets (all by myself, says the girl who rarely uses power tools).
So I woke up the day of and glued together some pallet wood, using my grandfather’s 40 year bottle of wood glue and getting it on my clothes in the process. Can you feel what my stress level is like at this point? I came back a few hours later to find it had not dried. Added some more wood glue and crossed my fingers.
I came back another few hours later and it had dried enough for me to sand and paint. Again, I hadn’t planned ahead too much so I wasn’t even sure what I was going to paint, but I decided to paint the pallet red using my old paint from when my dining room was red.
While that dried, I took to Pinterest for some inspiration, finding a really cute subway art printable. Unfortunately, the pin led “nowhere” – it was just a picture. So if anyone has seen the original creator of this, let me know so I can give credit! There were lots of similar subway art designs out there with the same elements – using different words to create the image of a Christmas tree.
When I arrived at Liz’s craft night, I found that all the other ladies brought small, little blocks of word. There I was, standing there with my GINORMOUS red pallet sign, ready to add more shame to my name. There would be no hiding it if things went poorly.
As the crafting began, everyone pulled out their stencils…again, why I am so cheap and lazy? Again, poised for failure!
I used two sheets of paper to guide the tops and bottoms of my letters, in hopes that the letters would all be the same approximate size, and I first wrote the words in pencil. The pencil didn’t show very well, but it made a good guide.
Then I started to paint using a small brush and white acrylic paint. It was slooooooow going, for sure. After the paint had dried, I sanded the entire pallet to create a more vintage look.
Everyone else’s wood signs looks really amazing, but I was really proud that I hadn’t made a giant fool of myself…again! Be sure to check out all the girl’s great work  over at Naptime Decorator!
What do you think? Craft fail or success?
And now throw in some kids for the cute factor!
I’m voting SUCCESS!
As Always, thanks for reading!
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