As an artist and homeowner, Donna enjoys creating unique decorative items and holiday ornaments to welcome all to her artistic abode.
Wood pallets are a popular design trend for decorating your home in a rustic or farmhouse style. This tutorial shows you how to use a wood pallet to create a charming welcome wreath for your home.
This project uses a round pallet, but you can also use an oval or square shape. You can also substitute a wood frame or grapevine wreath for your central wreath form. This easy project can be decorated with a variety of materials for different holidays and seasons, or to fit your design style.
- Flat wood pallet: Wood pallets are available at most craft stores in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some have space between the slats, others are solid wood. You can also use a wood picture frame (without the glass and backing) or a grapevine wreath for this project.
- Design element (optional) for the center of your wreath: This design element can be a greeting as I used, or an initial, a slogan, team name, image, etc. Be sure to choose an element that can be attached to your flat pallet. Wood initials and slogans are widely available at craft stores.
- A variety of artificial flowers: Choose blooms that have clusters of flowers to cover more area around your pallet. I would suggest using various flowers to decorate your wreath. Artificial leaves can also be used to fill in the gaps and spaces between your flowers.
- Acrylic paint and brushes (your choice of colors): For decorating your pallet.
- Twine, ribbon, or cord for hanging your wreath.
- Hot glue and gun.
- Basic supplies like scissors and a pencil.
1. If your pallet or central form does not have any hooks for hanging it, drill some holes in your pallet for hanging. My round pallet had metal loops on the back to use for hanging it.
2. Paint the front of your pallet or frame as you choose. Be sure to paint the edges and in between the slats if necessary. I painted my pallet a medium gray color.
3. While your pallet or frame is drying, paint your central design element if needed. I painted my "hello" slogan with yellow acrylic paint.
Adding Additional Decoration
4. (Optional) I wanted to add some additional decoration to my wood pallet to fill in the space above and below my welcome slogan. First, I found a plastic lid that was smaller than my pallet. Using a pencil, I then traced the curve of my lid on the top two slats of my round pallet and the bottom two slats (see below).
5. I used these pencil lines to paint two green curving lines on the top and bottom of my pallet surface. These lines do not need to be perfect. I also added some small green leaves along my curving lines.
6. When my green paint was dried, I added some simple white flowers along my curving lines. Then I used a Q-tip to add a dot of blue paint to the center of each of my flowers. When finished, I put my pallet aside to dry completely.
Adding Flowers to Your Wreath
7. Take your artificial flowers and separate the clusters of blooms on each piece. Cut the stems so they are only two inches long or whatever length is possible. Put each type of flower in a separate pile. Keep any leaves that were on the stems of your flowers in a separate pile.
8. Before attaching any flowers around your wreath, add your twine or ribbon hanging cord so it will be in place before you add your flowers.
9. Without using any glue, try different arrangements of your flowers to see how they look around your pallet or central form. Then decide how you want your flowers positioned. I chose to use some fuller white blooms in the front of my arrangement, then fill in with other flowers, and use taller blooms toward to back to add color and interest.
Note: If your pallet has spaces between the slats, you may have to trim the stems on your flowers so they don't show through in places.
10. Working with your pallet or frame face down, begin to glue your flowers to the back surface of your wood piece so they show around the front edge (see photo above). Note: If you are using a grapevine wreath, you can work from the front by putting hot glue on the stems of your flowers and sticking them into your grapevine form.
Attach the flowers that you want to show in the front of your arrangement first. Work by spreading your flowers around your form by placing them at the three, six, nine, and twelve o'clock positions (see photo above). Then begin to fill in between these blooms.
11. Check your arrangement occasionally from the front of your pallet wreath to make sure your flowers are symmetrical and even.
12. Keep gluing flowers around your form to create your arrangement. Attach the longer or taller blooms toward the back so they show above your other flowers.
13. You can add leaves at the end to fill any gaps or spaces between your flowers.
14. Once all your flowers are in place, turn your pallet over and attach any decorative items to the front of your pallet. If you are using a picture frame or grapevine wreath as your form, you can suspend items in the center using fishing line.
This easy pallet wreath is a charming way to welcome friends and visitors to your home!
© 2021 Donna Herron
Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 08, 2021:
Thanks, Heidi! Spring can't come soon enough. Thanks so much for your comment! Hope all is well with you!
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 08, 2021:
Cute project for spring which is finally coming around! Have a beautiful week!
Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 08, 2021:
Thank you, Sally! I'm enjoying the promise of the spring season and (hopefully) new beginnings. Hope all is well with you!
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on March 07, 2021:
Very pretty project, beautifully presented as always, well done Donna.