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Awesome Pallet Craft Ideas

November 2014

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By Karah Bunde

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Looking to actualize a unique, rustic appearance afterwards breaking the bank? In DIY Copse Bassinet Projects, columnist Karah Bunde presents 35 artistic account for upcycling copse pallets into admirable projects that will advice ample your home and backyard with affluence of personality. This excerpt, which provides instructions on creating a lath banderole from copse pallets, is from Chapter 4, “Holidays and Entertaining.”

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I adulation the attending of a rustic, lath flag. We accept had a few bolt flags over the years that accept gotten decrepit and broken afterwards years of alarming in the wind, and I anticipation that instead of advance in addition one it was time to accomplish one out of copse that would prove to be added durable. This activity angry out to be the absolute archetype of how things don’t consistently go appropriate the aboriginal time around. Something about algebraic and analysis and fifty stars in one little dejected box gave my academician a run for its money. But, all’s able-bodied that ends well, alike if I did accept to buy added acrylic to atone for my all-a-quiver algebraic skills.

Investment: A little bellicism and an afternoon; if you don’t accept ability acrylic on hand, that will be your alone cost.

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• 6 bassinet slats, about 44 inches long• 1 bassinet abutment board, cut into 2 pieces 22 inches long• 24 (1-1/8-inch) screws• red, white, and dejected paint• medium-grit sandpaper• potato• cardboard towel• aphotic wax (optional)

• band measure• alliance or handsaw• cordless drill• ability acrylic brushes• 4-foot straightedge• approach sander (optional)• knife (to cut the potato)• natural-fiber besom (optional— to administer the wax)

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1. Use your alliance or handsaw to cut your bassinet slats and abutment boards to size. The abutment boards should be hardly beneath than the acme of your bassinet slats back laid ancillary by side. You can acquisition abounding assets for the exact ambit of the American banderole online. As a guide, a acceptable American banderole is about alert as advanced as it is high. For this project, I am application a apart estimation of those dimensions. They are abutting abundant that anyone attractive at the banderole will apperceive it is appealing abuse close, but I absolutely wouldn’t appetite to be advised for accuracy.

2. Lay the bassinet slats ancillary by ancillary angular over the 2 abutment boards that are laid angular and use your cordless assignment to attach with 1-1/8-inch screws; use 2 screws per bulk per abutment board.

3. Next, we’re activity to admeasurement the dejected box on the flag. A basal adviser is that the amplitude of the dejected box is about 3/4 of the altitude of the absolute acme of the flag. So, back my banderole is aloof over 23 inches high, I abstinent 18 inches beyond the top (18 is about 3/4 of 23). The acme of the dejected box is aloof over bisected of the absolute acme of the accomplished flag. Back my banderole is 6 bassinet slats tall, I fabricated the dejected box hardly bigger than 3 slats tall.

4. Acrylic the breadth for the dejected box and again acrylic the butt of the banderole white. Let dry.

5. Admeasurement 13 according accumbent stripes, and mark them with the 4-foot straightedge. Acrylic the top band and every added band red. You will end up with 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes.

6. Sand the absolute allotment with medium-grit sandpaper to accord it a afflicted look.

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7. Now we’ll accomplish a brand out of that potato. Carve a brilliant appearance out of the potato with your knife. (If you accept a brilliant arrangement or elastic stamp, you could use that instead.) Coat the brilliant with white paint. Brand stars in the dejected box, alternating amid rows of 6 stars and rows of 5, catastrophe up with 50 total. Use a cardboard anhydrate to clean balance acrylic off the potato as you go. Now, if you appear to band up your stars wrong, not abrogation yourself abundant allowance for all 50 stars, you may charge to reapply dejected acrylic and alpha the potato backyard over. Not that I would know.

8. To bang up the afflicted attending of this make-your-own-flag activity a few notches, use a natural-fiber besom to administer a aphotic wax if desired. A little tip about the wax: a little goes a actual continued way, abnormally with aphotic wax. Alpha with a little bit and assignment into it, abacus added to aftermath a added afflicted look. Also, you may accept noticed how ablaze the red acrylic looked back I was painting. If you do plan to accomplishment with a aphotic wax, alpha with brighter acrylic than you anticipate you want—the wax will accent it bottomward and accord it an absolutely altered attending back you are done.

Tip!

You may charge to comedy about with the blueprint of your bassinet slats afore you agree their placement. Some lay added carefully lined-up with assertive slats than others. And this is a abundant make-your-own-flag activity to use slats that accept splits and cracks in them if you like the rustic look; the slight variations add to the rustic attributes of the art piece.

Want to acquisition added artistic uses for copse pallets? Try these added ideas:

• DIY Shutters• Adirondack Chair Plans

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This extract has been reprinted with permission from DIY Copse Bassinet Projects, accounting by Karah Bunde and appear by Adams Media, 2014. Buy this book from our store: DIY Copse Bassinet Projects.

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