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Happy happy Friday, friends! 13 more days until Christmas. Ahh!! Still so much left to do! Are you ready? At least my house is all decorated and ready to go! Did you get a chance to see my Christmas Home Tour on Wednesday? If not, you can see it HERE (as well as 18 other blogger’s beautiful homes!). If you did get to visit, then this little lighted star pallet sign should look familiar!
We have a fireplace under where our T.V. hangs, but we don’t ever use it. The back of our house gets so cold, which is where Jade’s room is. We don’t use the fireplace because our living room will get too warm, which is where the furnace is, causing the heat to stay off and Jade’s room to get colder. So, we pretty much just have it there for looks. And we don’t have much of a mantel, either. Boo. Anyway, my point is, since we don’t use it, I might as well cover it up with something pretty!
I had a ton of scrap pallet wood in the garage, so I made this little star Christmas pallet sign!! Although, it’s not little. It’s quite large. It’s the perfect addition to our “rustic glam” Christmas decor this year!
To make it, I used about 6 pallets that were all the same length, and laid them out on the sides that I thought looked best. Some of the boards were thinner than the rest which I thought looked better than using all the same size. Because I wanted this project to be done in one day, I went the somewhat
lazy easy route and used wood glue. No nails needed! Once I had the wood placed where I wanted it, I flipped them all over to the back. I used two smaller pallets that were definitely not going to be used for anything else, put a generous amount of wood glue on the back of them, and then glued them down behind all the pallets.
The wood glue instructions say to clamp the glued pieces together for an hour. I don’t have any clamps, so really heavy boxes were used instead. I piled them on top and left them for several hours instead, just to be safe. It worked like a charm, and the glue held beautifully. Phew! I love when projects are that easy!
I thought about staining or painting the wood, but I actually really love it the way it is. Au natural is totally working for me, here!
I used sticks from a wood pile I have from my neighbors fallen tree, and made a large star. While the glue dried on the pallets, I gathered 5 sticks that were about the same length and thickness. Then, I spray painted them with metallic silver spray paint.
I made the sticks into a star same way I made my mini stars for my rustic pinecone and wood Christmas garlands that I made. Here’s a quick how-to picture:
Super simple. I used hot glue to glue the corners together. I also ended up tying some twine around the corners too, because the hot glue apparently wasn’t enough and it fell apart. I added more hot glue the next time along with the twine, and it’s held together great.
For the lights, I used battery operated LED lights. (I purchased THIS ONE on Amazon for only a couple bucks!) I just weaved them through the perimeter of the star. What I love about how my wood worked out is that I just fed the cord and the battery pack through that little hole in the bottom. No ugly battery and cords showing!
I kind of want to use the pallet part again after Christmas, so I didn’t glue the star to the boards. I used some glitter green ribbon (the same I used to hang my rustic glam Christmas wreath which you can see HERE!).
…and on! This sign is the perfect size to lean against our fire place under the stockings! We don’t have a nativity set yet, but I’ve got my eye on a few nice ones. When we do get one, this will be the most perfect backdrop for it!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
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