pallet {word art}

This project comes to you courtesy of my love affair with the world wide web of inspiration.

Now, I first have to start out by saying that the outpouring of love and support that we have received in response to our 10 year old puppy going through surgery (more on that here) has been so overwhelming, in the best of ways.  All of the private emails and messages in addition to the comments, and those who have shared your own pet stories … you will never know how much it has helped us through this.  Us pet owners and lovers, we’re a special breed.  Hardeharhar!!

Ok, now back to business, when the announcement came out that it was time for the next installment of the Pinterest Challenge co-hosted by Bower Power and Young House Love … and this time with the addition of Centsational Girl and Ten June … it was very fitting that I had been spending a lot of time on this pin board.

In particular, I had just pinned this by the very creative Michael from Inspired by Charm. And you all know how I heart a good piece of decorative word art on wood.  So, I thought, challenge = accepted.  Let’s stop pinning for a second, and start doing.  :)

And who doesn’t prop their new pallet art by their rooftop pallet bed for photos?  ;)

Aaaaanyway, here’s what I did.

Pry 4 slats off a pallet and cut each slat in thirds, not worrying about perfect measuring because I knew I was going to stagger them a bit.
word-artI had one long pallet slat and another piece that had split that worked perfect to attach all of my slats together from the back for this project.

And I finally got to use some of my swag and winnings from the Haven Conference.
After a quick coat of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and a little sanding, I used a regular ol’ mixing bowl to trace a semi-circle for the center of my sun.
word-artI then used another swag bag item, the Frog Tape, to identify the lines for the rays of the sun.
word-artNote:  After I took this picture I decided the circle was too close to the center of the piece for my liking so I retraced the circle closer to the right side and adjusted the tape lines accordingly. 

The inspiration piece had some great colors in it, but you might remember, I am trying to get rid of the red.  :)  So I went with more of a green and yellow pallet.  More on that in a minute.

Tip!!!  Start with your base color and after you’ve painted a couple of rays, lighten it with white. Repeat the process until all of the rays are painted, then you don’t have to worry about mixing too much or little of a color.
Use a small brush along the traced line for the edge of the circle of the sun.
word-artThen just peel off the tape to expose the white painted lines between each ray.  And use a smaller bowl to create an inner circle to paint the color of your choice.
Now seems like a good time to point out that I had completed the entire project and post before deciding the yellow and green was a bit too lemon-limey for me so I updated the piece with shades of aqua, turquoise and blue over the yellow rays. More on that in a minute.  ;)
word-artThis next pic is still just yellow and green … when I was trying to figure out the hard part … the wording.
word-artDo you guys like word art?

I love word art.

I love all the sentiment, the symbolism, the messages.

But, I have such a hard time deciding exactly what sentiment I want to express and what message I want to send and what exactly it is I want to symbolize.  You know?

But when I came across a quote by J.R.R. Tolkien that said “Not all those who wander are lost” I fell in love.  :)

See, Joel and I, we’re wanderers of sorts.  Drifters.  Nomads.  Maybe even gypsies.

But we are definitely not lost.  :)

For some reason, the word “those” made the quote a little tongue twistery for me, so I took it out, and ended up with this.

I used the same technique that I used for the number art to create the wording.  The fonts came right out of Word and are Bernard MT Condensed and Lucida Handwriting for the word ‘wander’ and ‘lost’.

What do you think?  I love her.  I love the sentiment.  I love the symbolism.  I love the message.  :)

Here’s the inspiration project by Inspired by Charm, pretty beautiful too, I say.
And here is what I came up with from the inspiration.  Version #1. (Oh, yes, I had taken, uploaded and edited all the pics before I decided on the new hues) #efficiencyismymiddlename

And our new pallet word art.

I love how the different shades of yellow peek through the new blues.

I love that it has many of the same colors from the beach pictures from Friday … don’t you think, Shirley?  :)


I’m glad that I started by painting the whole piece white, and that my however incidental completely intentional layering of colors creates depth after the sanding.

Soooo, what do you think? Are you a wanderer?  Are you lost?  Are you consumed by wunderlust?  Or, maybe deep-rooted in your current space?

And … I extend a big Thank you! to the little challenge and the Hometalk DIY that Inspires pin board for the inspiration.

And, if you’d like to see the beach pics from our island home of Curacao they are here, details on how I create the font like lettering is here, and another, entirely different, piece of pallet word art is here.  (I also profess my YHL crush in that post.) Wait … what?!?! She says as she looks around confused.

I am sharing this project here and at: BNOTP, DIY Show Off, Home Stories A to Z, Savvy Southern Style, Remodelaholic, Today’s Creative and Sugar Bee Crafts.
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About Karah

I'm Karah and I'm so glad you're here! I'm a small town girl from the North East who finds myself moving around with my husband and pups every few years and constantly on a journey to make the most of every space we find ourselves in. That little space between what has been and what will be. It'd be so cool if you'd like to join us for the ride.
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76 Responses to pallet {word art}

  1. Karah….this pallet art is fantastic….I so love it…I love the colors you chose…and thanks for the great tutorial…I pinned your project as I want to copy cat it….One of my hubby’s favorite t-shirts has that quote…he loves it…you know, one of those “Life is Good” shirts….We are “rooted” in our home, however, we both have “wanderlust”…always searching for a new destination to explore!…

  2. Love the colors (definitely love that added aqua) and quote your chose! Your pallet bed is singing with happiness at having such a fabulous sign propped on it!

  3. Shut the front door!!! I am in love! The quote, the colors, the pallet use??? You are a genius!

  4. Karah, this is amazing! So pretty and uplifting! I love the colors you used and I like this better than the original! I’m definitely pinning this!

  5. I am a fellow word lover who has a hard time choosing the right words for decor like this. The addition of the blue is perfect!

  6. Jaye says:

    You post the BEST tutorials! I saw a quote I loved yesterday by Albert Einstein: “Anyone who hasn’t made a mistake hasn’t tried anything new”. Think I’ll go find me a pallet!

  7. Natalie says:

    Stunning!!!! I need one now. I just love it xxx Nat

  8. This is gorgeous! I must say I really do love the updated colours as well :)

  9. I love this! Fun and fresh pallet art :) What a simple, yet effective, way to make the sun with a bowl and some tape. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Marilyn says:

    Karah, I love this project…I tweeted it and pinned it! :D

  11. Claire says:

    This looks amazing, Karah! I love the scale of this art and you definitely bumped it up by tweaking the colours at the end! I can’t wait to see the space that this will inhabit :)

  12. Anne says:

    Awesome billboard!! Love it and your choice of quote, too. So glad your pup is doing well.


  13. Holly says:

    I love this! I was a wander but now I’ve put down roots that are so deep on this farm that I’m not going anywhere.

  14. Karah, I love this!! It looks so good up on your roof! I swear we’re on some type of weird wavelength…we’re currently working on a project involving wood and wood art. Guess great minds think alike!! :)

    p.s. I never knew how to pronounce Curacao until last night!

  15. cassie says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!! oh my do i love it!

  16. Robin says:

    Your pinnartistry {pinning + artistry} is awesome. Your projects always feel so original even when you “borrow” some inspiration … you really know how to make a piece your own. I really love your pallet art piece.


  17. I ADORE your pallet art! It’s absolutely perfect, right down to the modified quote and the totally (un)intentional layering of paint :-) The addition of turquoise really puts it over the edge from brilliant to stupendous! Can you tell that I love it? :-) Great job!

  18. Karah,

    Just beautiful! As always I love your pallet projects … and I especially love this Tolkien quote (yea, I’m a bit of a Tolkien geek … though not as bad as I’m a J.K. Rowling geek).



  19. Tamsyn says:

    This is so good. I actually like yours better than the inspiration pin. The colors are gorgeous and the quote is just perfect :)

  20. Shannon Fox says:

    This is awesome!! The sunny graphic (literally) and the message are both wonderful!!!! You executed it perfectly =)

    It’s so YOU!

    PS-if you are indeed lost, you sure picked a great place to do it!!

  21. I loved Michael’s and yours is awesome too!! Love your color selection!!! Now I’m tempted to tackle this too!!

  22. I LOVE your sign!!!! LOVE! I seriously want a big old sun pallet art piece for me new living room right now! I am going to have to get to work! Great tutorial too!

  23. Michael says:

    First – your sign is flawless. I love, love, love the color choices and the quote!! And it made it from pallets!! Amazing!

    Second – I am beyond appreciative for the amazing shout out and completely humbled that I inspired you! Thank you so, so much!!

  24. This is beautiful and so professional! I made a sign of my own for the challenge this time, but I love the colors and sentiment of yours.

  25. So cool! I love the quote and how you sanded the paint down to make it look worn. It’s fabulous =)

  26. Don’t you love when a project beautifully comes together exactly the way you accidentally intended it to? I love it!

  27. This is amazing, Karah! Pinning it!

  28. Emily says:

    SO lovely!! And, I adore that quote. Remember MySpace?? (Is that still around??). This quote was my profile quote. Ha. Oh myspace. blast from the past.

    Anyway, super love and I’ve pinned and google shared!!

  29. That is so gorgeous! You have some serious talent! I doubt I could have thought it up, much less pulled it off so beautifully!

  30. Christine says:

    This is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At first I thought it was a GIANT wall!! (Because of the angle of the photo)! I LOVE it!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! :)

  31. JoAnn says:

    Awesome work! I agree, I gotta actually starting doing some of the projects I keep seeing ! nice job :)

  32. anne says:

    LOVE your pallet art!!!! Beautiful!

  33. Kristy Rohm says:

    I think I may have to try this one…get the pallet out from behind the shed …(remember the one hubby tried to burn)! I want to make one for my outside area…when I do I’ll post a pic…

    Sending Mico love!!!

  34. Morgan says:

    I absolutely love this. I have a huge case of wanderlust and the quote is perfect. I also like how you added in the blues. I wasn’t a big fan of just the green and yellow and the blues added depth to it. You did a great job on this. I am a new follower via bloglovin.

  35. Jeanette says:

    Very Beachy! I would love it if you shared it today at Homa Style too! I trying to get into the link party thing!

  36. Very KEWL.

    I stopped by to see if I could find out what’s up with this month’s Mission Possible Challenge. I was distracted by your wonderful, new sign and great choice of quotes. Now back to my hunt for the color thing… Although this sign seems like it might relate.

  37. Karah! this is wonderful! the colors are great as is the adapted quote. I wouldn’t know whether to stare at it or the view….

  38. Karah this is absolutely gorgeous! I am completely and totally in love with it! :)

  39. Jeanette says:

    Thank you for linking up at Homa Style. The link party is new but loads of fun.

  40. Love this project, Karah! So glad I’m not the only one that shifts things in mid-stream and has cluttered workspace! lol!
    I think that quote is perfect for you. :)
    xo Heidi

  41. Tauni says:

    I love word art. It’s so great.

    What a fun project. I am so very glad you shared it on Show and Tell Wednesday! Thank you.

    xoxo, Tauni

  42. OH Good Grief! How beautiful is that?! Now I’ll have to re-think about my wooden privacy fence!

  43. BJ Mama says:

    This is gorgeous! I love the distressing you applied to it! Thanks for sharing!

  44. you are TRULY a creative GENIUS!!!!!! mwaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! how’s our little patient : ) sending hugs

  45. It is really, really beautiful Karah. Fantastic idea and perfectly executed. :)

  46. Karen says:

    I love the use of cool colors for your sunburst! Also the addition of the aqua was a great choice… the quote… perfect! Ya done good… again. :-)

  47. Vonda says:

    I LOVE it!
    On a completely different note, I’ve been catching up on The Bachelorette after 2 weeks vacation and saw that last week’s episode was filmed on your island. Was there a big hoopla about it or was it just passe?

  48. Jodi says:

    Wow, what a great outcome. This is a really fun idea.

  49. Britni says:

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!! Just showed this to my husband who is usually pretty uninterested in these things, but he said, “That’s pretty bad @**”! Which means it really is :) I’ll definitely be following along with you now! I would love if you would come share this at my link party next Thursday {it’s currently open to old posts only, but next week I’m going to change it to old and new, it’s my first one and I’m already changing my mind!} if you happen to remember. Thanks so much for sharing!

  50. Kathie says:

    I love it! I love the paint shades you used. It looks awesome!

  51. amy says:

    This is just plain gorgeous. I love it. The quote, the sun, the colors…ahh! Would you pretty please consider sharing it here?

  52. laurie says:

    Love this project, Karah! The colors are so bright and happy – and the saying is just perfect! Great job! :)

    xoxo laurie

  53. Kim says:

    Karah, this looks great. Love the colors and layers showing. Thanks for sharing this at Wow.

  54. I absolutely LOVE it, Karah! The colors are perfect together!

  55. Rachel Sue says:

    This is so beautiful! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  56. Absolutely awesome! Felt like, for a brief moment, I was on vacation…somewhere with a cool breeze and sunshine. :)

  57. Carrie says:

    This is beautiful! I also love how the colors have blended. It’s perfect for a beach house! I have access to a bunch of pallets just outside my husband’s office. I have lots of ideas but have yet to start any projects. Thanks for sharing!

  58. Christine says:

    Congrats!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Come and grab your featured button! You deserve it :)

  59. Katie says:

    Oh my! Is this fabulous, just love it!!! I pinned it so it’s gone full circle :)

  60. I love this. I pinned it on pinterest. If you also like recipes you might like my blog Recipe for Life at:
    Have a blessed day,

  61. OMG OMG OMG I freaking LOVE this. LOVE it so much.

  62. Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    OMGoodness…this is one neat idea!!! Thanks for sharing it with all of us…love the colors that you used.


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  64. This project is seriously so, so, so awesome!!!

    Great job!

  65. Donna Woods says:

    This is amazing! I am in awe…

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  67. malia says:

    freaking out with joy! absolutely love this! amazing! make more and sell them! xoxo

  68. Stephanie says:

    I absolutely LOVE this!!!

  69. Roeshel says:

    I’m pretty rooted to my space most of the time, but do love vacationing. You did a fantastic job! It’s gorgeous, Karah!

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  75. Still loving this! Ran across it and pinned again :) Happy weekend Karah!!!!

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