I finally jumped on the bandwagon and decorated my house with a pallet. It’s a little fun to take “garbage” and then turn it into something useful, I feel kinda happy this didn’t make it to the trash! This project was inspired by these “floating vases” seen on Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Pinterest. And hey if you want this to be a floating vase too, well then it can be!
I didn’t have the intention of making anything out of pallets, but on a cleaning rampage, I found these pieces of wood in the yard and decided they needed a new life. The piece with the serial number on it caught my eye and I thought, “I should make something out of that!” And so, here we are…
On a scale of 1-10, this project was probably a three. I rate it a three because using that wire was not as easy as I thought (it’s a little marred up from the pliers) and when I drilled my holes, I busted off one of the glued planks from the other, which just meant I had to re-glue and wait for it to dry again. I had my husband use the chop saw to cut the pieces of wood to the length I needed, but other than that I did everything else.
Most people probably have the supplies at home for this project, but I wanted to use copper wire and a fancy jar, so this project cost me about $5. The supplies I bought were- an old Planters Peanut jar ($1 from the thrift store) and the copper wire ($4 from Hobby Lobby for 10 ft). I had plenty of mason jars lying around the house for this project, but I liked the crosshatching on this one, which looks great once you light the candle. And a side note for the wire, Lowe’s has it for the same price and for 25 ft! I estimated I needed about 5 ft. of wire for this project, so the amount I bought was perfect, and you can never have too much copper wire..
Here’s the step by step on how to make one for your house!
Supplies & tools you’ll need:
4 pieces of salvaged wood/pallet, cut to size
3 pieces of wire (I used 16 gauge copper wire)
tea light candle
Step 1: Using a chop saw, cut the wood planks to size. These are not all the same length, I wanted them just a bit staggered. My finished luminary measures 12 inches long x 10 inches wide. And my jar is about 6.5 inches tall x 3.5 inches wide at the mouth. The mouth of the jar is big enough to fit a tea-light candle (I have a votive in there in the photos, but the flame felt just a little too hot for my liking).
Step 2: Decide how you want your planks to look next to each other, staggering them just a bit, then apply a thin layer of wood glue to the inside edge, and place together, pressing firmly.
Step 3: Apply a good amount of glue to the backside of the fourth piece of wood (piece with serial number) and place on top of the three planks, press firmly to first three planks.
Step 4: You can use clamps if you have them, but I just left my planks to dry, about 24 hours with the glue I used.
Step 5: Roughly center the jar on the planks and mark two holes on each side of the jar, this is where your wire will weave in and out to secure the jar to the wood. At this time, you will also drill six holes near the top edge of the planks for your hanging wire, and for the weaving wire which will add strength to the planks.
Step 6: For the top “weaving wire” (this length of wire was roughly 14 inches on my luminary) start at the first hole, weave in, then out, then in, and so on, through the holes at the top of the planks, until you get to the last hole. Leave about 2-3 inches of wire on each side to twist into decorative loops with your pliers.
Step 7: Take your second piece of wire (about 20 inches) and loop through each top outer hole, wrapping it up at the base of the wire with the pliers, twisting up and around so that it holds securely.
Step 8: Wrap the third piece of wire around the jar about 3 times, making sure it is tight and secure, twist the wire at the back so the wire securely stays in place. Leave enough wire on each side to weave through the two holes on each side of the wood, about 7 inches on each side (this length will vary depending on the size of your jar and placement of your holes).
Step 9: Attach the jar, bringing the wire through the top holes drilled next to the jar and weave them through the bottom holes, twist wire around itself to make decorative loops and making sure jar is secure. I had a little bit of slack in the wire, so while the jar was already attached I was able to turn the jar one full rotation to have a second twist in the wire behind the jar for a much more secure hold. Here is a photo of what the weaving should look like on the backside.
Step 10: Hang up on the wall and enjoy!
*With all candles, trim the wick to 1/4 inch and do not leave burning unattended. Or use a LED flickering candle!
Here are a few other pins from Pinterest that caught my eye. I love the natural look of salvaged wood…. Upcycled Pallet Table @FarOutFlora.com
Salvaged Shutter Shelf at Better Homes & Gardens Hotel Key Rack DIY @Remodelaholic.com