In my quest not to spend money while trying to make money, I challenged myself to make a new project using only materials on hand. This also helped me to avoid getting dressed and interacting with adults so it was a win for both my wallet and my sanity. Behold the pallet picture frame with wire project!
I’ve written about using pallets and the cautionary steps needed to identify the “healthy” ones in THIS post and showcased how to make a dog friendly project in my DIY Pallet and Pipe Dog Bed post. Kurt had helped me breakdown a few more pallets that I had found so it only took me about 20 minutes to scrap together this project. This project only uses 3 full pallet boards so it is possible to get 3 of the pallet picture frames out of a single pallet.
- 3 full pallet boards
- garden wire (chicken, rabbit, etc…)
- circular saw
- wire cutters
- staple gun
- drill driver
- screws (will vary in size based on the pallet boards – just take a guess at it!)
- rope or twine
The first step was to take one of the three full size boards and cut it in half – PLEASE do not for the love of saw blades and all that is holy cut through nails using a circular saw (only a metal specific blade will do the trick). Luckily, halfway on most of the boards avoided all nails that remained from the pallet breakdown process.
Next, lay out the boards (upside down – you need to work on the back with the wire) by layering the longer boards and then the shorter boards on the back. Screw together the boards to form a rustic looking frame.
The wire was then attached to the shorter boards first using the staple gun. Tip: If you don’t want to cut the wire, then you can use 4 full pallet boards and cut the “short boards” to meet the size of the wire.
After the wire was attached to the short and then the long boards, I used some twine to make a hanger and two screws to secure it to the back of the frame. I made one frame of each style to see how it would turn out – just make your twine or rope longer if you plan on a horizontal frame.
I gave the project a light sanding on the rough bits and then it was done! What do you think of my no-spend project? Any ideas on how you can spend some time building a project with only materials on hand? Let me know in the comments below!