Christmas Pallet Subway Art

November 19, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

This Christmas Pallet subway art is one of my all time favorite Christmas crafts. This is also the project that I am frequently asked if I sell these. 

* Update 12/1/13 – Congratulations to Kristy R. and Katie B. on winning this fabulous giveaway! Each have received a hand painted Christmas pallet and an OPC T-shirt!

Win a free Christmas Pallet from One Project Closer plus tutorial!

I love making pallet art mostly because the options are limitless and they are so inexpensive to make! Be sure to check out my full tutorial on deconstructing pallets and building pallet signs.

With this pallet sign, I used cut up planks from a pallet I found at the Goodwill (for free) and braced them together with a very old bottle of wood glue. It worked great but using screws takes away the dry time and is more secure, I just didn’t have the right length screws on hand.

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.

I free-handed the design onto the pallet using a pencil first, but if doing a smaller project, you can print out the design on your computer and use carbon paper to transfer it onto the pallet.

I painted the design using a small brush and white acrylic. If you aren’t great with a paint brush, paint pens work great too. After the paint had dried, I sanded the entire pallet to create a more vintage look. Here it is sitting by my fireplace last Christmas – LOVE!

Christmas Pallet from One Project Closer

Christmas Pallet Giveaway

I made two smaller versions, approximately 10×12″ to give away! woot woot! Both are hand painted and distressed, on scrap plywood. You can enter below through Rafflecopter through Novemeber 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm. Good Luck! Now you know how to make the pallet, but also find out how to make your own Plastic Spoon Christmas tree!

DIY Christmas Pallet from One Project Closer

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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120 Responses
  1. Gina says:

    Hugh success! Love it!

  2. I love the sign! Great job, as usual.

  3. kim says:

    i think it’s perfect and I love it!

  4. frazzled5 says:

    Thank you so much for sharing- loved it from the moment I saw it yesterday on the fireplace pic!

  5. Trisha says:

    Oh Jocie! This is so beautiful! I really love it!

  6. Danni Baird says:

    I love a good pallet project and this is a great one! Nice job!

    • Jocie says:

      Hey Danni, Thanks! BTW, I’m writing the link party post for tomorrow and I think you’ll be really excited! So be sure to check back. πŸ™‚

  7. Natalie says:

    Of course it’s a success!! I’m a new reader- love your blog! I’m a last minute/don’t plan ahead enough crafter so this gives me hope! πŸ™‚ I was wondering how you cut the pallet apart? Thanks!!

    • Jocie says:

      Hey Natalie, I used a Ridgid Reciprocating saw to cut down the sides of the supporting beams. I had spend about an hour trying to deconstruct the pallet and preserve its length but it was insanely hard. So i just cut it up. I have used a small reciprocating saw in the past but it was slow work. This time I used the big guy and it was quick!!

      I then sanded it to get off the rough edges and and roughness on the pallet front. It really was pretty easy. Any other questions?? πŸ™‚

      Glad to have you as a new reader!

  8. Emily says:

    I LOVE it!!! It was my fav project from ND’s blog post about Girl’s Craft Night. Now I want to get my hands on some old pallets and get to work. Excellent work!!!

  9. Carol says:

    That is a huge success!! Love it Jocie and those kids are totally cuties!

  10. Jilian says:

    First off LOVE this!! Second, you may have mentioned it in the blog but what are the boards being glued onto? is it the long post in the first pic or is there a flate piece they are being attached to?

    • Jocie says:

      Hey Jillian! Yes, I just glued the pallets two thinner pallet pieces running perpendicular along the back. You could also use screws or nails, but this holds just as well and I didn’t have any screws short enough. Did that make sense?!? πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting!

  11. poiboybf says:

    Looks great. You are well ahead of our house in terms of decorating for Christmas. We have our tree, but that’s about it.

  12. Ashley says:

    This is so cute! I love it! And I loved your reindeer too. I’m definitely going to have to try to make these myself! πŸ™‚

  13. Stephanie says:

    I think that is absolutely adorable! And hey, it comes with a funny story, which makes it even better! Stopping by from the Happy Hour Linky party!

  14. ok yes i def want one! if you are willing or have the time to make one πŸ™‚ you let me know a good price for materials and your time and i would be happy to pay plus i would need it shipped to nc. i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this and am now totally addicted to your blog

  15. Lucy says:

    very pretty and what cutie pies…thank you for sharing…xo

  16. trebor says:

    So you basically freehanded the letters? Very impressive. I think it looks great, and I love the look that sanding gives it.

    Do you ever use that fireplace?

  17. Kristi says:

    I am IN LOVE with that pallet sign!! Amazing job

  18. Anita says:

    I love it! Bigger is better in my book. And the red is great. And don’t you hate it when those pinterest links go nowhere?

  19. Definitely a success!! I love it.

  20. The pallet sign is so pretty! I’d love it if you’d share this at my linky party!

  21. HUGE success!! It’s rustic pallet Christmas craft perfection! Thank you so much for linking up!

  22. cassie says:

    that sign is fabulous! i love the rustic look the pallets give it!

  23. Debbie says:

    Definitely success!! I love your pallet sign, perfect for the season.
    Saw you sharing at The Space Between’s A Crafty Christmas.
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  24. Gwen says:

    I think it looks totally amazeballs! You for sure didn’t embarrass yourself!

  25. I love it! Thanks for linking up with Inspiration Spotlight @
    I want to make one. & those little ones are adorable!

  26. Ooooh! I just love how this turned out! Pinned and featuring tonight! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Mom On Timeout. Hope to see you back tonight!

  27. This is definitely a success! I love it. Saw that it is on craftgawker. Congrats!

  28. This is gorgeous. Saw it over at one Artsy Mama. I’d be tickled pick if I could make something like this!.

  29. MissFixIt says:

    Nice thats the same bottle of Carpenters Glue my father had it would probably be around 35 years old now too. Great stuff I was looking for it this year I was so sad when I could not find it. Nice to see that bottle again!

  30. JustME says:

    What a cute project, but I have to tell you your children, as always, steal the show!

  31. katieQ says:

    This is definitely on my list to make for next Christmas.

  32. Jocie – LOVE this!! Fingers crossed that I win so I can add it to my rustic winter woodland dining room!

  33. I love this! And I hope I win too! I love the font on that sign. And no way, if I win, I am totally keeping it to myself!

  34. Amy Reed says:

    I love pallets! Made one for my Mom last Christmas using a line her and my dad’s song. πŸ™‚

  35. Piper says:

    I would love to keep it… but I will give it away because I am going to try to make one myself!

  36. Margaret Yani says:

    Rustic is my decor of choice this Christmas. Would love to add this to my home decorr. Thanks for the opportunity.

  37. Candy Thayer says:

    Love the pallet….so Christmas -y. Perfect for my rustic Christmas this year!

  38. Amy K8 says:

    love this – thinking this will live on my enclosed porch to greet our guests and welcome us home. and perhaps i’ll take this inspiration to make one, or two, or more as gifts!

  39. Anne says:

    keep it myself!

  40. Karen Field says:

    I love, love, love this! I would keep it for myself and display it very proudly by my fireplace to warmly greet family and friends:)

  41. Cindy says:

    Keep it Keep it! πŸ™‚

  42. cassie says:

    so cute! i am totally into red this christmas!

  43. cassie says:

    ps- i’d keep it!

  44. This is great! I love the reindeer silhouette too!!

  45. tamara says:

    Love the subway art project! It would make a great addition to my Christmas decor!

  46. Sue S. says:

    I would probably keep it. I just love subway art and I still do not have any yet! Plan to try and do some myself. HAHA Thanks

  47. Sandy A says:

    I love your project–and I am a little ashamed to say I would keep it for me!

  48. Ashley says:

    I’d definitely keen this to myself! It’s adorable!

  49. Erin says:

    love LOVE it!! I’ve been looking for something like this and would LOVE to win it!!

  50. Diana says:

    I love this I’m headed to Goodwill today!

  51. Judy Fazio says:

    Love this project!

  52. Mickey Louth says:

    I’m going to keep it! Wish I was a tad handier with tools and paint πŸ˜›

  53. Keena Marie Jones says:

    I love it…and if I won; I would give it as a Christmas gift!

  54. I would totally keep it for myself! That thing is gorgeous!

  55. Rory Reding says:

    This is SOOO cool! I think I saw it first at your craft night with Naptime Decorator, if I’m not mistaken! This is so beautiful, rustic and classic all in one!! Hope I win!!

  56. Lindsay McClanahan Jackson says:

    Ooooo! Decisions, decisions….. If I win …. keep or give away? hmmmmm…. maybe I’ll keep it and put it in my Will……………

  57. debi m says:

    I would give the sign to my daughter. Would love to make one myself, just got to find me some pallets!

  58. Nancy Lewis says:

    I would love to have this. Most of my Christmas dΓ©cor got destroyed so this would be a great start for me this year.

  59. Jennie says:

    I would definitely keep it πŸ™‚ It would look great on top of our computer hitch (where I put our prettiest things so the little monkey can’t reach! πŸ™‚

  60. chris aka monkey says:

    keep it i love it xx

  61. Denise says:

    I Love this, you are amazing artist

  62. Melanie Nelson says:

    I just discovered your fab. blog thru Hometalk and I can hardly wait to spy thru all your DIYs! I love this Christmas pallet greeting you’ve made and I KNOW WHEN I WIN IT my neighbors will too!

  63. Susan Taylor says:

    LOVE this! Glad to discover you!

  64. Gina says:

    I would have to keep it.

  65. Katie Burgen says:

    I love this! I’m going to have to try to make my own whether I win or not πŸ™‚

  66. Tonya Floyd says:

    LOVE LOVE this.. I have become obsessed with Hometalk and all the great creations,.,… I have Lists and lists.. πŸ˜‰ of all the projects that I want to try to attempt. This is just such one of them.. Love it <3 and Thank you for sharing

  67. Tonya Floyd says:

    I would have to keep it for myself <3

  68. Definitely going to keep it! BUT, may try to make a couple of my own : )

  69. Diana Allen says:

    I love these and would keep it for my very own, but would love to try to make some. Thanks for the tutorial and the opportunity!!!

  70. I adore your subway art and would love to win it! I would totally keep it!

  71. Tracy Pericht says:

    We just moved into a new house so I would totally keep it! Love this project! Thanks.

  72. Calista says:

    So cute! I would have to keep it for myself. πŸ™‚

  73. Jennifer says:

    Love this! I would keep it.

  74. Lori Doumont says:

    Love this, I would definitly keep it!!

  75. Nicole says:

    I would keep it! I think handmade decor helps bring in the spirit of the season πŸ˜‰

  76. Hmmm…tough call. I think I would keep it and display it on our front stoop since we are painfully lacking in Christmas decor out there! Thanks for the chance.

  77. deb huffman says:

    love it

  78. Claudia Bettencourt says:

    I would keep it, it’s so beautiful!!!

  79. Allison White says:

    Love it! I’ll keep it!

  80. mary anne says:

    Since I’m living with my sister, we’ll share it!

  81. jamie says:

    I rarely enter giveaways but this was too good to pass up! Love it And I wwould probably keep it

  82. Oooh, this is a toughie… this is super cute, and it would fit perfectly with my silver & red decor, but I think a friend of mine would love it, too!

  83. Definitely LOVE it!!! You are SO creative.
    Pam πŸ™‚

  84. Debbi says:

    Great job….I love this.

  85. Steve says:

    So awesome as always!! Entering to win!

  86. Brooke says:

    Super cute & festive!!

  87. Jenni Heath says:

    I think I would have to keep it. It’s so perfect!

  88. Jody S says:

    Great sentiments for Christmas!

  89. Paula Willbanks says:

    I think I would have to keep it! It’s lovely.

  90. Carmen says:

    I think I’m going to be selfish and keep it for myself!

  91. Jacque says:

    Keep it, I don’t share well πŸ™‚

  92. Mara Yager says:

    My sister’s birthday is in January so I might actually gift this cause it’s just her style!! TY very much!

  93. Pam Spradlin says:

    I would so keep it for myself!

  94. Rachael Werth says:


  95. Melanie says:

    Keep it for myself!!

  96. Cheryl Adams says:

    I know a lot of friends who would love it, but being honest, I would probably keep it myself!

  97. Kim says:

    What color paint/stain did you use for the red??

  98. Christina says:

    I love this!!!! What font did you use? It is so perfect. I am glad I found your post cuz I did the same thing with the picture one. Ugh!!!! I also have an old thing if glue, but it still works, just add Syran wrap to the lid to keep it sealed. Thank you!!!!!

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