Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Floral Pallet Art

Hi everyone! Last month's contest ended - thanks to everyone who participated!
The "Mystery Project" was revealed to be pallet art, so our winner received a mini pallet of her own:

I'm here today to teach you how to make it! You'll need:

  • wood planks
  • floral paper napkins
  • modpodge & brushes
  • sand paper or a power hand-sander

{First} Take your napkin. Carefully pull the back 2 layers off, leaving a thin sheet with the floral design on it. The middle layer might be tricky to get off, but I swear it does - so be patient.

{Second} Brush modpodge on the wood plank, and lay your napkin on top. Gently pat and smooth it with the pads of your fingers to remove air bubbles and wrinkles. It can tear really easily here so don't get crazy. This step takes the longest because now you need to let it dry completely. At this step, this is how your wood should appear:

{Third} Now that things are all dried up, you will be sanding to distress your wood to perfection! This makes the floral design sort of "melt" into the grain of the wood and produces the look we want. After sanding, the floral images will be dulled with softer edges, and some of the wood may peek through. Here are some side-by-side comparisons of the same napkins before & after sanding:

And that's it! The possibilities with this are endless. Picture frames, furniture, recipe boxes, wall art… you name it. I'm on the hunt for a bunch of old picture frames {without the glass} so I can cut a series of my planks to size & frame them. What would you do with yours?

Thanks for tuning in, and have a great Tuesday!


  1. So cute! I have to do this. Where do you find such cute napkins?

    1. Hi Cheryl! Thanks for the sweet compliment!
      Though I've seen pretty napkins for sale locally (such as JoAnns and Michael's craft stores) I wanted to be sure to get a variety of patterns. So I headed over to Amazon & typed "decorative floral napkins" into the search bar - great results and plenty of patterns to pick from! Prices weren't bad either. Good luck if you tackle this fun project :)