Thursday, November 29, 2012

DECK THE HALLS PALLET ART

When my friend Judy was coming to visit, I told her I wanted us to make something wonderful for a Christmas project when she was here and would she please give it some thought.  Judy is the kind of friend who really will give it some thought and she sure did.  She called me one day with an idea and I knew immediately it was exactly what I wanted to do.  She told me she thought that a pallet looked like the perfect platform for music bars and did I think we could do a Christmas carol on one.  Well yes, I did!

Now figuring out how to do it was the challenge, but when Judy and I put our minds together, we can figure out anythingShe arrived from Arizona with some sheet music to choose from.  I selected "Deck the Halls" because, well, it just seemed appropriate for making some Christmas art. 

 
The hardest part was making the bars of music big enough to fit on a pallet board.  Since I'm the computer genius of the two of us, I went to work scanning in the music, cleaning it up a little, eliminating the Slurs, the Furmata and the Tuplets, anything that was going to be a problem fitting the board height.  We were going to use only the first line, but it needed to made into 3 separate partsUsing a blank on picmonkey, I separated each part, the treble, the words and the base into three lines.  We measured our pallet boards so that we could get the right dimensions.  Then I  transferred them onto a travel drive and we jumped in the car and went to Staples to get them blown up on their big blueprint printer.  Believe it or not, because we only used black and white, it cost us like $3.00 total.  We brought them home, cut them down, antiqued them with some antiquing gel and tore the edges to give it a more aged look.
Using mod podge, we adhered the lines to the boards and put a coat over the top as well.  

Now, all we needed to do was "cute it up" as my sister Amber says.  Judy and I think that's the best part because it involves shopping!  We went to Hobby Lobby, Big Lots and JoAnn's (we're sale shoppers for sure) to find some ribbon and greenery for embellishment.  We spent about $10.00 on ribbons and floral picks and if you are keeping track here, we're up to $13.00 on this project, I'll add $2.00 for the mod podge and antiquing gel we used, which I already had, making it $15.00  Judy has a better eye for floral stuff than I do and she put it all together to make the bow and greenery for the title board.  She assembled 3 different picks to make greenery for each side.  She is awesome!
We fastened it all to the pallet by drilling a couple of small holes through the board and wiring it.  Judy curled the ribbon a little and this project was done!

When Sam came home and gave it all of the appropriate compliments that a crafters husband should, Judy said this....."I think it would be a good project for a silent auction donation or something."  It just fell right out of her mouth before I could stop her!!!  A silent auction???  I wanted this for my living room!  I already knew what Sam would say, because he sits on the board for the Chamber of Commerce and we have a silent auction every year at our Christmas party.   (The proceeds go to a scholarship for a local high school student.)  Yep....he said, "Why don't you girls make another one?"   This was a big project and it took us about 3 days and most of my living room!  We told Sam if he would get the pallet and cut it down we'd do it.  
Here is the second one we did.
    Which do you like better.....the top one or the bottom?
 One of them is staying on my living room wall and the other is going to the silent auctionTotal cost of this project, $15.00.  Time spent with my best friend making it.....priceless!
Love you Judy!


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69 comments:

  1. Oh Danni,they look fantastic, I think the seond one is my favorite, but they are bot gorgeous! I want one, but I dont have a pallet :(

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  2. OMG this is THE pallet project of the year!!!! I want oneeeeee! I love them both, but the 1st one you made is my favorite! So that would be photo #2 :)

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  3. AWESOME!!!! Oh how I love this!! great job Danni!

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  4. Danni,
    I! LOVE! THIS!!!!!! I love them both, but I like the first one best. Maybe it is the greenery. What a fun way to spend with your friend.
    I am wondering if I could I do this on a smaller scale. You do realize you could sell these and make some money?!

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  5. I am going to read this several times to understand exactly how to enlarge the music to fit the board because you know how I am about computer stuff. Love both and I am glad Sam did not take yours for the auction. I think I would keep the first one because of the more distressed look of the pallet and the extra red in the florals. I bet you could make a bunch of these now!

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  6. This is really creative - I hope it brings in the $ at the auction :-)

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  7. That is wicked cool!!! You two worked some pallet magic with this one, it's absolutely wonderful.

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  8. Beautiful, both of them! If I must choose, I think the second one is just a teeny, tiny bit more my favorite (if that makes sense)because of the white berries (?) in with the greenery. But I had to go back and forth trying to decide, so it is too close to call, really, I love both of them. How wonderful that you and Judy are so connected across the miles, and that you can have marvelous times together!

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  9. Wow, I absolutely love this!! I want to make one now :) I like them both, but I think I like the second one best. Thanks for sharing :)

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  10. This is so cute, Danni. I love the sheet music crafts for Christmas.

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  11. Danni, that is beyond beautiful. Everything about this project is inspiring and well done. It's really amazing.

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  12. Danni -- FABULOUS JOB! I tweeted, G+ and Stumbled this fabulous pallet project. I think it's been awhile since I stopped by... my apologies. LOVE the new look of your blog too. Blog on, friend! Hugs.

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  13. Not sure which I like better, but this is a really great project. Love how it turned out.

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  14. This is so unique and unusual, Danni! I love it! I think Judy needs to have a crafting blog of her own, and she is such a true, true, friend in deed! You need to post this all over blogsphere for everyone to enjoy!

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  15. Danni...seriously? Pallets again?!?! I LOVE IT! Only you can come up with something so beautiful on a dingy old pallet.

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  16. Well, you've done it again! You just amaze me! These are gorgeous. I think the top is more Christmassy because of the berries in the little swags? Otherwise they are both beautiful!!! Someone is going to be so happy to get one from the auction!

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  17. These are AWESOME! Really cool idea.

    I love all the pallet upcycling people are doing these days.

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  18. I love this! What a great piece of art for Christmas!

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  19. this is so neat!! I really love the palet idea mixed with the old music. what an original idea!(sorry I couldnt reply to you on your comment @ my blog, i guess you are a no-reply? :( thanks for stopping by,

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  20. Looks awesome! I've been trying to come up with projects using music but to no avail. Perhaps I'll give this a go! (If I can find a palette...)

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  21. Danni...I love both of them...And the added part is creating with your friend...Blessings, Becky

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  22. Oh Danni it's BEAUTIFUL! I love that you included the sheet music. So pretty!

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  23. That is perfect!! I love it!! My son does a music theme in his room, and he thought it was pretty cool too!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and the kind words. I look forward to reading your blog in the future!!

    Take care,

    Nonny
    www.notionsfromnonny.blogspot.com

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  24. Danni!! I love this. It's an incredible idea, and looks just perfect for the holidays.

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  25. Beautiful idea, Danni, you had me at pallet, of course but I also love anything musical :)

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  26. Simply Incredibly talented. I tell you the Bairds are all quite talented and impressive aren't they.

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  27. These are so wonderful Danni & Judy ;) I love them! I love that you made TWO of them and that one will go in your home, Danni, and the other for the silent auction. I also love that you were able to spend so much quality time together - priceless! The music notes are so adorable! As for which one I'd choose, being that they are BOTH so adorable... but if forced to choose...the second one :)

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  28. In love with this! I would love to have you share this at my link party at Blissful Bucket List. There is also a "25 Pinterest Projects Til Christmas" series going on at my blog too. I am your newest follower and I can't wait to shre more ideas!http://www.blissfulbucketlist.com/2012/11/flaunt-it-friday-23-25-days-kick-off.html

    Sarah @
    www.blissfulbucketlist.com

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  29. I like the top one better -- I think it looks better with ribbon falling right along the sides of the music.

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  30. So pretty! Thanks for linking up at Create & Inspire!

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  31. I love working with pallets. So versatile! I'd love it if you'd share this at my linky party! http://www.accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com

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  32. This turned out precious! I have been begging my hubby to bring me home a pallet to play with (he works at Lowes!) Great job on yours ; ) Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  33. Congrats on CSI, friend! I LOVE this! Absolutely beautiful!

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  34. Hi Lovely, I'm your new follower from Blog Hop.
    Love your awesome blog. Feel free to check out & follow my blog @ revampspunkyrena.blogspot.com
    xoxo
    Rena

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  35. Oh my gosh Danni - I want one!!!!!! I love them!

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  36. Oh, I love this! What a great idea and it turned out wonderful! Thank you for shating at TTF. Have a fun day!

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  37. What a great pallet idea! Perfect for Christmas! (pinned it!)

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  38. love how original this is...and gorgeous...and thrifty...may pickup lots of floral picks after Christmas when they are really marked down and store to make one for next year!

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  39. I LOVE this! My daughter is a music education major and so you have definitely inspired me to make something like this for her! Thanks for sharing at the homemade holiday party.

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com

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  40. I love these! I really don't know which one I like better. I'm glad I don't have to choose. Thanks for sharing on "I Gotta Try That" Have a great week!
    Marcie

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  41. This is fantastic. I love how they both turned out. I am voting for you at 4 You With Love.
    Ruth

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  42. Such a great project, Danni. I wouldn't be able to choose between the two! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends :)

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  43. This is so gorgeous! I would never have imagined it was a pallet before!

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  44. Really awesome project! You two did a great job on them.

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  45. Hey Danni! So creative!
    Thanks so much for linking up last week at The Humble Brag. You were our ad space winner!!!!! So come grab a button - you earned it!
    The Silhouette Cameo giveaway is still going strong and you can get MORE ENTRIES by signing up for link party email reminders, sharing the giveaway on FB with your readers, and linking up again. Hope to see you there tomorrow.

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  46. photo 2 is my fav... but I like pearls and baubles as such... Love the project.. I might could c.a.s.e. this one... of course make it my own... (very big grin).

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  47. This is AMAZING Danni!!! I totally love it! I can totally picture it in my piano room...might have to take some inspiration from you! Pinned and sharing on my Facebook page. Happy Holidays!
    Jenn :)

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  48. Danni, that is absolutely gorgeous!!! Oh, I love it. You did a fabulous job. Thank you so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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  49. Danni, it IS perfect for a musical score! Brilliant!
    I love seeing a twist on things that I've not ever seen before.

    Thanks so much for sharing at the party,
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  50. Oh wow...they are both perfect! What a great idea using the music sheet, it turned out beautifully.
    Saw you featured at Life on Lakeshore Drive
    Debbie :)

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  51. Fantastic project! Love both of these and it's so nice of you to donate one for charity. I'm pinning this awesome piece!

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  52. Ok... I'm back because this project totally rocks and you are a STAR over at I Gotta Create! Featuring you now. :)

    Thanks so much for linking up,
    <3 Christina

    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/12/twelve-amazing-ornaments-wreaths-decor.html

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  53. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this sign. I couldn't pick, I love them both. Maybe the second one, if I have to. Great Job. Thank you for sharing. I am following you. Would love for you to visit me at memoriesbythemile.com
    Merry Christmas,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  54. I love this Danni! It gives me inspiration for many other projects...hmmm :)

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  55. Great pallet project! I like the top one best.

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  56. What a fabulous project! Amazing what you can come up with when you put two creative minds together. Thanks for sharing it with us at Christmas in July.

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  57. I loved it then and pinned it then, so now I'll just sing that darn song in my head all night.
    Bliss

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  58. Wow, it looks great!! I love pallet art!

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  59. Whichever one went to auction, I'm sure there were TONS of bids, Danni, and the winner is cherishing this every Christmas season. What an awesome project and so cool that you and Judy went to the effort to make a second one for such a good cause!!

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