One of our favorite re-cycle/up-cycle art projects is with the use of pallets.
Pallets are SO versatile, they can be used for a variety of projects from playground pieces, to benches, to wall signs (these are our personal favorite- more on that later in another post).
The first step to working with pallets is, or course, locating them. And making sure that they fit the needs of your project.
There are a variety of ways to find pallets. Craigslist is my favorite option, there are typically businesses that are selling very cheaply or giving away used pallets for free. These pallet typically are NOT brand new, but have a slightly weathered look to them, which is great for art.
Avoid pallets that are too weathered, uneven, and decaying. Rough edges are OK, because those can be sanded off at a later time.
You also want to check for the slat size. For some projects, we prefer a thin slat 3-4″ like for this sign:
and for others a thick one, around 5″:
You want to check over the slats for knots, dents, nicks, and other imperfections that may suit your project well or ruin it all together.
That’s it! It may take a little bit of driving around, but if you know what you’re looking for you can find the perfect pallet for your DIY project!