T-Minus 11 days until it's the 4th of July! We
couldn't resist throwing in a DIY project into all the festivities.
As you enjoy fireworks, tasty food, and plenty of fun, you can also
make a quick and easy 4th of July decoration. Here's how we made
these wood pallet stars:
To start off, we chose Behlen's Solar-Lux in American Walnut.
Obviously, we had to choose the stain called American. We also used
Behlen's Solar-Lux Dye Stain Reducer. We then
used DayGlo Screamin' paints in Rocket Red and Horizon Blue for the
stars. For the white paint, any acrylic paint will do the
To begin, we took pallet wood and cut it down to the
size we wanted. In our case, we went with 12" by 12". However, you
can make it as big or small as you want. You can also purchase
pallet wood online. We then put the pieces together using a pinner
and some wood glue.
If your wood pieces are splintery on the ends,
just take some 100-200 grit sandpaper and sand them down. We
didn't do any sanding to the rest of the pallet to give it a rustic
We then stained the pallet using Behlen's Solar-Lux in
American Walnut and Behlen's Solar-Lux Dye Stain Reducer. We mixed
1 part stain and 2 parts reducer.
We decided to use stars since this project is for the
4th of July. You can change this part to make a design for any
season. We then printed and cut out the stars - the size depends on
how big your pallet is.
A very important part of this project is to line up
the star shape in the middle of your pallet and trace it with a
pencil. Repeat this step on the other two pallets. This comes in
handy when you paint the stars.
We're ready to paint! Paint the inside of the
star shape you just traced. You'll paint one red, one white, and
Now all that's left to do is put them in a cute spot
to show them off. Whether it's in front of your door, or in the
driveway, it's bound to light the area up.
Now it's your turn! Share your 4th of July
projects with us on Facebook , Twitter
, or Instagram . We can't wait to
see them, we'll even share our favorites!
Stay tuned for the next blog post - we'll have
something new every Friday.