Hello there! Hope you’re having a great day where you are. Did you see our House of Horrors last week? Well, it’s not going to get any better anytime soon. We’re going to be tearing out more of our kitchen tomorrow. First we decided to re-do the ceiling. Now we’ve decided the soffit has to go. Go big or go home, I guess?
So before things get too crazy around here, I decided to fill the space above our couch in the family room once and for all. It’s been blank for waaaay too long. I don’t have it hung yet because I need my husband’s help with that, so I’ll have to show you pictures of it on the wall some other time. For now, I’ll just share my method for making it.
DIY Mixed Media Pallet Art
Nap Rating = 5 naps (more time-consuming than usual, but still very simple)
Tools & Materials
- stain (I used Minwax in Driftwood)
- 2 foam brushes
- tape measure
- silhouette of your image
- masking tape
- graphite sticks
- Sharpie paint pen
- hot glue gun
- scrap of cardboard
- old magazines
- Mod Podge
- Start by staining your pallet. I used a foam brush to apply the stain, and made sure to soak up the pigments at the bottom of the can with my brush so the color really saturated the raw, yellow pine of the pallet. I put on several coats all at once to achieve the color I wanted. Let it dry overnight.
- Meanwhile, find an image you want to use. I searched Google Images for “bike silhouette” and looked for images that were fairly simple with nice thick lines.
- Measure the length and width of your pallet.
- Enlarge your image using these dimensions. I used Publisher to do this. I opened a new document and changed the page size to be the same length and width as my pallet. Then I inserted my bike image and resized it to fit the page, leaving a margin around the edges.
- Print your image. If you do it like I did, it will print out in tiles like this:
- Once your pallet is dry, center your image on top of it and mark the four corners with masking tape. You could tape your whole image together, but I chose not to because I thought it would be easier to transfer it to the pallet tile by tile.
- Once you have your corners marked on the pallet, you can work on the image tile by tile. Rub the back of the image on the first tile with graphite. You could just use a pencil, but I purchased some graphite sticks to speed up the process.
- Lay the image back down on the pallet in its original spot, and trace the image with a pencil. The graphite you rubbed on the back should transfer to the pallet.
- Repeat this process for every tile.
- After your image is transferred, use a paint pen to fill it in.
- Next, cut a piece of cardboard in the shape of a rectangle that is proportionately sized for your image. This will be the backing for your basket.
- Cut lengths of rope to fit the cardboard.
- Using hot glue, adhere the rope to the cardboard row by row. I also put two diagonal pieces on top to make it look like a handle.
- Hot glue the basket on to your bike image.
- Finally, look through old magazines for images of flowers that are the right proportion for your basket.
- Using a foam brush, Mod Podge the flowers into your basket.
Soooo…there you have it! This project required a few more steps than my usual tutorials, but it was very simple. I had most of the materials, too. I only needed to purchase the graphite, the Sharpie paint pen, and the stain, bringing the price tag to about $8. Not bad for a pretty large piece of art. Whatdya think?