FFf Eclectic Red Barn: Grandinroad Hack - A Pallet Project

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Grandinroad Hack - A Pallet Project

Just when I thought I was done with my decorating, I saw this picture in the Grandinroad magazine. These wooden boxes were calling me. How adorable,right? I could make these.

Presnts from Grandinroad

This was a pallet wood project for sure. So let's get started on making these wooden Christmas boxes.

1.We took a pallet and cut just the middle pieces out. That made the pieces around 12 1/2 inches in length. 

Eclectic Red Barn: cut pallet boards

Eclectic Red Barn: cut pallet boards and trim pieces
2. I cut these pallet boards into 12 inch lengths. I found a piece of trim that would be used to secure the sides.

3. We laid three pallet pieces down for the first side.
Eclectic Red Barn: Putting together side one of box

4. We took a trim piece and added it to the top of the boards.
Eclectic Red Barn: Putting together side one of box and adding triim
Then used a nail gun to add the trim to the three boards at one end on the back. If you have no trim pieces to use, a large paint stick will work.

Eclectic Red Barn: Nailing trim to pallet boards
Here is one side finished. A trim piece at both the top and the bottom.

Eclectic Red Barn: Top and bottom trim on pallet board side
5. Adding the sides could be done in multiple ways. You could finish the second side just like the first. My husband chose to add a single board to each side of the finished panel. Then he realized that maybe there was a better way. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Adding side boards to first side
One thing to keep in mind as you put together each panel. Since we made the trim piece the length of the three boards on the first and second panels, you must make the trim piece for the other two panels smaller. You can see in the picture below that two panels have smaller trim .

Eclectic Red Barn: Completed wooden box

This will allow you to fit the four pieces together. 

6. Now it is time for the top. All the boards were the same size so we just nailed the top ones on. There was a little edge over. Just line them up. Pallet boards come in many sizes.
Eclectic Red Barn: Completed wooden box with top added
7. I sanded the whole thing and then it was ready for paint.
I dry brushed it first with some red paint, which I don't have a picture. Then I dry brushed some green over that.
Eclectic Red Barn: Dry brush red and then green paint
This picture shows me adding the green paint over the red.

I kept playing with the paint to get my desired look. I just wanted some red to show through. I sanded again in places.
Eclectic Red Barn: Finished painted wooden box
8. I needed to wrap my present. I purchased this metal ribbon a few years ago after Christmas at Home Goods for $5.

Eclectic Red Barn: Metal ribbon

I used the silver one for the ribbon and  smaller one for the box. The only problem with this ribbon was that there was not much of it. I did see some metal ribbon online at Hobby Lobby but did not go and check it out. 

9. I spray painted the metal ribbon on both sides.
Eclectic Red Barn: Metal ribbon ready for paint

10. Now to add the ribbon to the package. The ribbon is very pliable so you can shape it. I made the bow for the top and nailed the ribbon over the top and down the sides.

Eclectic Red Barn: Metal ribbon added to top and sides of box
 I did not have enough of the same size to add ribbon to all sides.

11. I needed a decoration for the box and ribbon. I purchased three wooden mice last year. Not sure where but it was after the holiday was over.

Eclectic Red Barn: Metal ribbon added to top and sides of box with wooden mouse
The wooden present cost around $5. The same size at Grandinroad is $89. They also have two other sizes that are $129 and $189. They are on sale now.
Eclectic Red Barn: Metal ribbon added to top and sides of box with wooden mouse

 12. Finally, I add the present to my outdoor decor.
Eclectic Red Barn: Wooden preset with other Christmas decor
 I will be posting how to make the other pieces in my Christmas decor. You won't believe what they are made from and how cheap.
Eclectic Red Barn: Wooden preset with other Christmas decor

 So here is the orginal Grandinroad box and my version.

So get your pallet boards ready and go make some wooden presents for yourself.

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  1. I LOVE this idea, Beverly! You are so creative! I would like to make some of these for next year. Thank you for sharing!


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