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How to make a DIY wall hanging from a recycled pallet

This post is in collaboration with RYOBI.

We renovated a few years back, but all this time later we still haven’t revamped our backyard. I have wanted to hang a few things on the walls for a while now and had a few DIY pallet ideas. I came up with the idea for a DIY wall hanging from a recycled pallet. It was something that I could easily make myself and I knew that it would look good, particularly in the evening with some fairy lights strung across it.

This is a project that you really can do by yourself. I loved working with the RYOBI ONE+ tools. They are all cordless and use the same battery so there is no fiddling around with different chargers or connections. I have only used three of the tools in this project but they have more than 70 in the range (and we have a whole heap of them in our shed!). You can pick them up exclusively at Bunnings. They come with a 6-year replacement warranty* for cordless products, 3 year warranty for batteries and chargers and a 4 year warranty for corded tools.

RYOBI ONE+ tools used to make recycled pallet wall hanging

The best place to find pallets is to ask in your local Facebook buy, swap, sell groups to see if anyone has one lying around. You can buy them but often you will find a person who has one leftover from a renovation and just wants it off their hands! Some will be better quality than others (I picked up a few rotten ones that had been lying around in someone backyard for awhile before I found one that was perfect for my project).

What you will need

RYOBI ONE+ Corner Sander

RYOBI ONE+ Drill

RYOBI ONE+ Hot Glue Gun

Recycled wood pallet

Outdoor furniture oil (or similar)

To decorate:

Mason jars/vases + saddles and screws

Plastic greenery

Outdoor fairy lights

DIY wall hanging instructions

Start by sanding back the pallet to remove the rough edges. The RYOBI ONE+ Corner Sander is really light and this step only takes about five minutes!

RYOBI ONE+ Corner Sander in action

Once the pallet has been sanded you will need to give it a couple of coats of outdoor furniture oil or similar. If you prefer some colour, you can give it a couple of coats of paint instead. I used a roller brush for the oiling as this was a bit easier than a paint brush. Follow the directions on the oil, but generally you will need to leave 24 hours between each coat. I would recommend two coats.

RYOBI ONE+ Drill

When it is dry, you can start decorating the pallet. I added some mason jars to use as vases when we are entertaining. I attached this with the RYOBI ONE+ drill, using down pipe saddles I picked up at Bunnings. I found some plastic leaves at Kmart and used these to sit behind the vases for some more colour. A few drops of glue from the Hot Glue Gun keeps these in place. I love that the RYOBI ONE+ Hot Glue Gun is cordless. All the glue guns I have owned in the past have had super short cords and are really difficult to work with so this is a game changer for my crafting!

RYOBI ONE+ cordless hot glue gun

Finally, I wrapped the fairy lights around the pallet. The fairy lights I used are battery operated and quite a fine light. You can pick up solar fairy lights, which would also be good to use. Just be sure that whatever lights you choose, they are outdoor fairy lights and not for indoor use only.

Thanks to RYOBI for helping me bring this project to life. I had total confidence in the tools and found them really enjoyable to work with. I’m already brainstorming a few more backyard DIY ideas!

*requires online registration. Batteries and chargers have a 3-year warranty only.

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