DIY Pallet Backdrop

DIY Pallet Backdrop

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

Whether you have a Valentine or are rocking this day solo – Enjoy it! Treat yourself or your significant other… enjoy your day!

This week I showed you my quick Valentine’s Day Mantelย I put together… and you may have noticed I took down my typical square window I always have propped up, and replaced it with something new! I decided to create a new base to switch things up. ๐Ÿ™‚

What I created for a new backdrop was a pallet square – It was SO easy. Today I’m going to show you how you can quickly make your own!

For your project you will need:
A pallet
Extra wood (to secure the back – you’ll see!)
Nails & Hammer
Stain (optional!)
Crowbar (or something else to remove the pallet wood, the back of a hammer may work for you)

DIY Pallet Backdrop

The first thing you want to do is get a pallet. You will notice in the next photo I have a completely different pallet… haha! That’s because this first pallet was outside too long and we couldn’t get the nails out… but you get the idea. Luckily, we had a “fresh” one handy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

DIY Pallet Backdrop

The next step is to pry all of your boards apart and start laying them side by side… You want as many planks as you need to create a square shape.

DIY Pallet Backdrop

Once you have your planks ready, turn the side you want face-up downward, and using some solid scrap wood you may have handy, start nailing the wood into the back of the planks. I used nails that were thin but on the longer side – make sure your nails are the correct size to secure your wood without coming through the other end, and also thin enough to not split your wood.

(Optional) When you’re finished, turn your pallet backdrop around and lay it on a work surface, whether that be a drop cloth, newspaper, or sawhorses. I used a couple of sawhorses. I then applied one coat of Minwax Special Walnut stain with a paint brush… this is my all-time favourite stain that you will recognize from our island in our kitchen tour!

DIY Pallet Backdrop

Once it’s dry, you are finished! You can now lean it wherever you choose like a mantel, shelf, or buffet table! I added a nail to the top to hold my wood-rose wreath.

Let me know how you decorate your own DIY pallet backdrop! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Loving the contrast of the stained wood with the white mantel. May have to try this!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Oh it looks great. Now I want to know about your wood rose wreath. Did you make it?

    • No, I don’t think I could master creating one of those! My mother brought it back for me from the states – However, I have seen some almost identical at Target. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love the contrast and the rustic-ness of it!

  4. I absolutly love this and I found it over at get schooled saturday link party! Love, love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This is quite beautiful and striking. Time for me to go out and find a pallet!

  6. This is beautiful! I want a fireplace just so I can do this!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. There is a beauty in simplicity & you have for sure found it with this pallet backdrop! I love it, and it caught my eye at the party–I had to stop by!

    I would love it if you stopped by our Facebook page, and said “hello!”

    Your fan,
    ~Cathy Mini

  8. Gorgeous! I have a bunch of fireplaces and can never figure out what to put on the mantles

  9. Oh I love it. What a great idea. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  10. I love it – this is on my to do list this Spring – I need a backdrop for my mantel and this is what I thought would look best. Now I know it looks great. Cathy

  11. This is great and I love it. I wanted to share it in a round up, but I noticed that Craft-O-Maniac isn’t linked up in your “linking up to!” if you do add COM in, please let me know? and I would still love to share this.

    Thank you, Jen-COM

    • Yikes!!! I’m so sorry Jennie – I’m not sure how this happened… took a peek and it’s missing a few I added today as well – must not have saved! It’s added in now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I love this Brandi! I’m adding 2 whitewashed wood backdrops to my spring mantle because it’s so dark…yours is gorgeous and looks perfect over your fireplace! So happy you linked at TTB, I’m pinning ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  13. Saw this on From My Front Porch and loved it! Would you please consider linking this up to Friday Favorites which starts tonight! Thanks for the great tutorial! laura

  14. I just posted the progress on my family room make over – I think something like this would be perfect for our fireplace!! off to pin it!!

  15. Brandi,
    This is such an awesome idea and GREAT LOOK!!! It will be featured at my party on Monday.


  16. Simply lovely, Brandi!! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods. You were featured this week! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

  17. I love this for two reasons… A. it looks awesome! B. it would hide the piece of paint that has peeled off above our mantel until my hubby can get to the store for paint match, sand and re-paint! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  18. Love how it turned out Brandi! Quick and simple is my kind fo project. Thanx for sharing at THT!

  19. This is great, Brandi! Simple yet stunning–and inexpensive to boot! My kind of project.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I featured you this week!

  20. This pallet is beautiful you did an amazing job on it. Thanks for sharing @Crafts by Courtney!! Made sure I started following you to see all your wonderful ideas!!

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