Hi Foxy friends!
Last weekend I made myself a big circle out of pallet wood.
Why you ask?
Because I wanted a rustic, chunky wood base to decorate on and I wanted it round, just like my table top.
Square was just not going to do it for me.
How To Make Pallet Wood into A Round Circle Shape
If you don’t want to be a square anymore, succumb to peer pressure and come over to the circle side with me.. I promise, you’ll love it.
Unless you know, you need a square shape, like I will, for the sign I’ll be using over my mantel this Christmas. haha
Okay, enough Shannon-nanigans… lets get to making stuff!
This is what you will need:
- Pallet wood. If you don’t have pallet wood, fence boards work fine too and the home improvement stores and lumber yards sell them super cheap. (it’s what we used for our pallet wall here.)
- Cotton string.
- Contractor pencil. (the big fat ones, whatever the proper name is)
- Drill or screwdriver.
- Jig saw.
- Nail gun or nails/hammer.
- 4 1 x 1 strips. (scrap wood works fine)
- Safety glasses.
- Sanding block.
- Finishers desired. (paint, stain, wax, sealer, varnish, etc..)
This is how I did it:
- Lay out your wood. Pallet board widths vary. I used 6 pieces, my total width is 31 inches
- Find your center, mark it.
- Drive your screw into the center.
- Tie string on screw. Not to tight, you need it to turn around the screw.
- Tie string on pencil.
- Pull string taught and guide along your wood, this will mark your circle shape. Keep your pencil straight up and down so you don’t end up with a wobbly circle.
- Totally low tech. Cool though right? (Thank you to the hubs for demonstrating so I could take a few pictures)
- If you need to, go around more than once to get a dark line you can see well.
- Remove screw.
- Safety gear time! You don’t want saw dust in your eyes while you are using a saw.. and you want to be able to hear later in life too. Wear it!!
- Clamp board. You can’t see it in this picture, but it’s there.
- Cut along line with jig saw. These saws are really easy to use and even a beginner can feel comfortable with one. I didn’t even try to make my cuts super-perfect and it was still very easy to cut with. (these weren’t like crown moulding cuts, so I was not exacting)
- Repeat for each board.
- Lay out your new circle shape face down.
- Nail the 1 x 1 along the back to hold your circle together.
The Back Will Look Like This When Complete:
- Flip over.
- Sand off any rough spots.
- I hit the entire face and the sides of mine.
- I finished mine with: Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting and Matte Varnish.
… and I super lurve it to pieces.
I painted mine bright, crisp white and sealed with matte varnish.
I plan on making many more. For myself and for the Spring show. I’ve got a signs and etc’s in mind.. plus they are just great back drops for layering on. Sitting like shown, or hanging on the wall!
This is one of those things, that while not difficult to make, or overly fancy, really adds a lot to your decorating. At least I think it does. Whenever I can layer or introduce extra texture.. I think it adds so much to the overall feel and the vibe of a room.
I just added a wreath and my Roo real quickly for some pictures. This post was more to show you the shape and how to get it, rather than to focus on the decorating. In fact, I’m decor light right now, and more in pre-Christmas prep mode at the moment. There were some things I’d been wanting to get to and I had the time right now, so I’m getting to them.
Though I find a wreath makes a great base for a simple centerpiece.
See? More layering. I’m a fan. That is a tabletop with the legs removed you are seeing there. If you want to catch the rest of the Fall home tour you can click here.
Have fun, and I’d love to see what you do with it if you decide to make a circle, instead of a square or oblong shape like we see everywhere. Please share if you do!!