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Upcyle Pallets to Sign Boards.

Hello friends !  Since the majority of my visitors are from USA, I hope you guys are enjoying the spring. Bet all your soil beds are ready and the herbs planted already.

Today, I’m sharing a few sign boards, I made, from pallets.

I have a brand-spanking-new silhouette machine which has found its way out of the box and 8months later, I am still no closer to using it than I was, the first time, I pulled it out of its carton 😦      Any guidance, inspiration or ‘push’ will be highly appreciated 🙂

I have free-handed the writing. It was rather difficult becoz I wrote with the sharpies and the wood was not smooth. I cant say, I’m very pleased with them but I liked the ” herb garden” quite a lot.

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I am sharing these sign boards with my friends at the following parties here.

Have you upcycled any pallets this week ??

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7 ways with pallets & organizing my backyard !!

Hello dearies !! How have you been ??

Me, I’m running in full gear organizing my garden, courtyard and backyard !! And that’s quite a lot.

A couple of facts :-

  • We live in Dubai
  • A  part of Dubai is still desert while the other part is a beautiful concrete jungle which includes the worlds tallest tower – Burj Khalifa !!
  • Wood is precious ! If you’d like to work on a wood project, you’d have to buy wood in places like Ace Hardware at the Festival City.  We have many hardware stores but only a handful would be able to provide wooden planks ~ some are located in Al Quoz industrial area.  So for the DIY enthusiasts like me, a pile of dumped pallets is like honey for the bears !!

Back to my courtyard improvement :-  I’ll just explain alitte about my house surroundings. My house is fenced and surrounded by a large patch of land on all four sides.

The front two sides  of  the courtyard are being prepared for the garden. ( will share in another post, once the grass starts grinning )

The third side of my backyard will house my kitchen garden. (hopefully)

And 4th side where my kitchen door opens has  :-

  • My “Recycle park ” (work much in progress)
  • My wood workshop ( a small open space with tools )
  • Two large sheds
  1. One of the shed carries all my exhibition stands, dozens of workshop chairs, frames and many other things related to my exhibitions.
  2. The other shed is for all our domestic storage.

My wood workshop is nothing great but just an open space with a couple of wooden stands for wood chopping, designing and sanding. A few tables to carry all my tool kits and a wire rack to hold some of my hardware stuff. Samie has provided excellent flood light just recently which makes working in the evening so much easier now. Below here is my little wood workshop.

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Much before all the grass, plants and flower beds get worked on, I wanted to organize all the stuff lying around in the backyard making it look terribly messy.

The dumped pallets, (which I mentioned in my previous post) served several purposes here.   We are expecting rains this season, so I did not bother painting them. Here are just a few ways in which the pallets helped in making the backyard presentable .

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I have wanted a picket fence for like forever !!! And now, I get to make one for my garden !! Once you get rid of the 3 edges, and cut the planks in a v shape, it gets this look. I will be digging the base, deeper into the soil so that it gets support. With every pallet, I can make 2 of these !! We never wanted the plastic ones that you get at Ace Hardware or Daiso, coz they really are too small and cannot withstand the desert heat or the sandstorms.  This turned out to be the perfect solution.

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The center log that gives support to the pallet is much thicker. I cut out these house like structures from them. I have nearly 5-6 of them. Although I love their natural color ~ I might alter them with some decoupage or paint, if I get tired of this look.

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The cycles are generally not used in the summer months so they get dumped in a corner, but this is the season, the boys get them out often for a ride. I found this idea on pinterest and I can tell you, its so much more easier to have them on these “Pallet stands” !!  You don’t even have to nail them coz they are so sturdy.

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What could be more fun than a ball pit in a sand pit !!!! The cats love it ~ the boys love it !! And believe me, it was super easy !!!

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I have plans of placing larger planks on the base of these two pallets inorder to give them some height, plus a mattress and we can make patio sofas out of them !! How cool is that ~ but right now, I am unsure if I would like to carry out this plan, since we already have large benches in the patio. So with this project, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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I have already made several garden signs and sign boards with these in various shapes. Ofcourse these single plaques are shaped in arrows but I have some which have been nailed together in formation of twos and threes ~ which are waiting to be painted.  But that’s for another post 🙂

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I really like, that the brooms, mops, shovel and other cleaning sticks have now a proper place with support to keep them together. This really makes organization so convenient.

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So that’s it. These pallets have benefitted us a lot. But there are many incomplete pallet projects still waiting for my attention. Hopefully, I will share those in another week or so.

I am linking this project with the following parties ~ It would be great if you could also join these fun parties.

I hope you found some of these ideas inspiring. Please share with me if you have made any use of pallets. I’m always looking for inspiration 🙂

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Home Sign post!

Hi friends !! I am absolutely delighted that my repurposed Pizza Box( mixed media art)  was featured in not one, not two but Six blogs !!!! Thank you, thank you so much dear friends afar !  Alittle encouragement goes a very long way. Thank you to all the following blog parties that featured my Pizza Box.

I  have several other pizza boxes which I may share in my next post. But today, I would love to share with you one of my first garden signs/courtyard signs/ pathway signs !! The best weather (depending on your definition of best !!) in Dubai is from November until February.  Day time is between warm to pleasant while late evenings can be chilly enough to call out the cardigans.

We get very very little rains here but when we do get a shower or two ~ the entire city shines and sparkles while the residents cheer and run out of their houses to experience the blessed rain drops.  I know, most of my blog visitors are from the west and you must think, “what is the matter with this woman ~ how can they like the rains ~ how can they not want some sun ~ how can they enjoy chilly evenings ” but you know, each one of us is blessed with something in abundance and we have been blessed with aloooooot of sunshine so we really cherish the little blissful “winter” ~ we receive ♥

This post is not about the weather in Dubai or gardening in Dubai ~ but if you do have a backyard or courtyard, I may as well tell you that November is the best time to start preparing the soil and flower beds of the garden. I generally start working on my garden in full swing by November so that, come December, the garden looks inviting and can accommodate all our holiday  guests.

This year, I have worked on several décor projects for the garden, one of which is a directional sign arrow for “Home” Its not something fancy but I really like how it turned out. It stands out with its pale white color and swirly fonts.  Following is a short pictorial/tutorial. DSCF6059

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So, I started out with a dumped “PALLET”  !! Yes, you heard me right, I chopped one plank of the pallet with my jigsaw.  Sanding it nicely and then giving it the arrow cuts on one end. I let the long perpendicular end remain rather rugged since a large part of it, would remain buried in the sand/pot.  I made sure the end of the support post was narrow so that it could be dug deep into the soil/pot. DSCF2091

A couple of nails from my newly bought  nail gun (the one I bought from London, remember, in the last blog post )  shot it together in the center. And then the sign post was ready for the aesthetic workshop. DSCF2092

Nothing fancy, just your regular pale plastic paint. It is glossy. Two coats of that did the job well. DSCF2093

When the paint had dried, nearly a day later or more, I free-handed the letters “HOME” on the arrow. The font I have used is :- Beyond Wonderland. Isnt it marvelous ??!! DSCF6134

The pencil writing was later made ready with sharpies markers and a rough border was added.  I did distress it alittle but just a little becoz I understand, It may have to still endure a lot of sun and will get distressed anyways 🙂   A single coat of modge podge was the last step in the process. I have used the checkered foam stamp on the long support post. Voila !! FotoFlexer_Photo

This was my first attempt at making a sign post. I am pleased with the look. I hope you find this tutorial helpful and perhaps inspirational as well. Please share with me, any of your first wood work experiences. There are so so many fantastic ladies out there, in the blog world who are making such amazing wood works ! I hope this is my first wood work post in a loooooong series of posts about making plaques and sign posts. I am linking this post to the following blog parties :-

 

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