Backlit Pallet Wall Art

  • 1 pallet

  • medium

  • 6h

  • $10

I got the inspiration for my backlit pallet wall art from my love of pumpkin carving, of all things! I have always been a nut for woodworking, and I have been doing artwork with lettering and painting for a while. So, I decided to finally bridge them all together, and came up with these examples! I go out searching for my pallets, and really have fun dismantling them!

How I made my backlit pallet wall art:

First, I sand everything down to a very smooth finish. I dry-fit boards, paying attention to staggering the joints. I pre-design a support frame but don’t put it together just yet. Usually, I try to find boards with a lot of character and don't mind hardware holes or splits. I’ll just clamp it together for the time being. When the cutouts are done, I’ll mount them together by installing them onto two vertical pieces of wood. Larger pieces may require larger frames, and sometimes gluing the joints too.

Then, it’s time to start sketching! I am inspired by many things, and when I get an idea, I just go for it. I cut out the design after I'm finally satisfied with the sketch and design. You can use a jigsaw or a bandsaw, or even a hand saw if you’re only making one small piece. Then I put it all back together, installing it with a nail gun, and start the painting and/or staining, depending on the look I’m going for.

Finishing touches:

After some detail work, you’ll end up with a 4’ tall or wide, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Sometimes I add lights, and then it becomes an entirely different piece of art at night. All of the lighting I install is battery powered and remote controlled with eight modes and a timer. You could use A/C lighting if you chose, too.

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Brooke
Brooke

Do you sell these?

Stacey Zink
Stacey Zink

How do I buy one

Michael Atencio
Michael Atencio

How did you paint these with the turquoise colors? You should make a YouTube video showing the whole thing including the paint tutorial. These are great. I’m wondering how you made them so large? I’m thinking of making a headboard with the lighting and turquoise colors on pallet boards. Well done and simple. Awesome. Please do a video. Thanks

Sophie Mullan

Mel Mullan Mooney would like the shark one??

Nicola Couch

Jedda Couch, David could make one of these

Melisa James

Lesley Manuel Kevin Manuel do u want one for your new place?

Lesley Manuel

If you buy us one.

Melisa James

I get my pallet builder to build one ??

Lesley Manuel

Yippee can’t wait but not too big I don’t know what wall space I have.

Melisa James

Ok. Leave it to us. Marlin,shark? Any preference or surprise? Any colour lights ( white or blue)

Lesley Manuel

Snapper white lights

Melisa James

See what he can do ?

Bobby
Bobby

Do u sell these would like a sail fish or marlin a mermaid and a mahi mahi
Thanks

Bill
Bill

Again, please show a picture of the back for the installation of the lights! Thanks!

Danny
Danny

Great ideas – also curious how you attached the lights to the back. Thinking about doing what another suggested and building the two with a space between
The lights you can get from Amazon

Phil
Phil

do you sell these? i am interested if you do. thanks!

Joel
Joel

What do you use to hang these?

Stan

I’m to do a elk first time and I’m going to glue the pallet wood to two sheets of quarter inch plywood, one sheet horizontal and one vertical using titebond three glue. I will create a frame for the the panels with a space between them and mount the lights on the back panel. I’m using plywood because I can layout the elk design on it and that gives me a smooth surface to run the jigsaw on. Glue gust the back surface of the pallet wood and you won’t have to worry about squeeze out.

Alex
Alex

What kind of saw did you use for this? Want to try making one but I dont know what kind of saw to use especially for the curved parts.

Joe Grundmeyer

Scroll saw and sometimes the jigsaw is what i use

Willy
Willy

Love what you have done here, it’s just amazing. Going to have to try my hand at doing one myself for my grandson, he loves anything to do with ocean life. May I ask where you get your led lighting at.

Joe Grundmeyer

Amazon.com has all kinds of cheap LED lights. Thats where i get them

Willy
Willy

Love your work on these, there just amazing.. Going to try and do one myself for my grandson for his birthday, may I ask where did you get your led lighting from.

John Pasquariello
John Pasquariello

I’m surprised no one has mentioned the paint color.schemes and techniques you used. I’ve been doing similar pieces to these for a while now but usually do a layered distressed or ombre paint job.

I’M DYING TO KNOW HOW.YOU GOT THE.LOOK FOR THAT HOGAN PALLET.

Pretty work!

John Pasquariello
John Pasquariello

I meant the HOG one (darn autocorrect, lol)

Joe Grundmeyer

Look up unicorn spit.

leo manning
leo manning

would you share with me how you install the lights please, looks amazing, thank you.

Blaughlin

Sure would like to see how you installed the lights and what kind of lights you used. A little more detail would be helpful.

Charly
Charly

Could we see the back please? I’m surprised those boards didn’t come apart when you cut them? Thank you

HeatherStiletto

If you use a good-quality wood glue, clamp and allow to dry, the glue line can be quite strong and stable. I do this technique all the time. It’s important to glue all of the surface, and not clamp it so tightly that all the glue ends up squeezing out, though. Happy Palleting! – HS.

Deb
Deb

Really like the sight !! Any and all out door patters , directions will be greatly appreciated!

LionShare Cowork
LionShare Cowork

i need a lion

Dayna
Dayna

Where can I get pricing in these??

Spiderbob

Really Beautiful ! ! ! Where can I find the LIGHTS he used for backlighting?

Sylvain Tuktuk

Jipeg Gif au boulot ma poule

Jipeg Gif

ahaha les palettes, une passion :) et le concept “backlight” j’ai deja fait :D l’alliance des deux ca claque :D

Madge Clarke

Ed De Lentes

Esther Stürmer

Lucas Schwarz ?

Johan Bourdet

Julien Boillon c pour toi !!

Johan Bourdet

Je t en commande un lol

Julien Boillon

Lol bonne journée poto

Johan Bourdet

Pareillement ;)

Eric Regimbal

Regarde Richelle Dubuc! Quelques idées de plus!

Jack Faught

These are nice! I need a striped bass

1001 Pallets

The artist does sell his work. :-D He also does custom orders.

Jack Faught

I’ll try one first!

1001 Pallets

Cool. We’d love to see your creation when you make one! :-D – HS.

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