My daughter and I have a yearly tradition that we treasure: attending our local Nutcracker Sweet Tea, an event where all of the ballerinas are in full Nutcracker costume and attendees are able to get up and close and personal with the performers and get them to sign toe shoes. It’s seriously the most magical morning and we wouldn’t dare miss the chance to dress in our Christmas finest and spend the time together. That being said, we are now accumulating quite the collection of toe shoes and it was about time to find an adequate way to display her prized treasures. This ballet shoe wall rack went together fairly simply and we’re thrilled that now her shoes are a piece of art in her room. Follow along to make your own DIY wall hooks!
- 14 x 6 inch Wood Pallet Box
- Decorative Knobs (I used 4 whitewashed embossed knobs)
- Drill with coordinating drill bits
- Chalk Paint (I used Carbon and Everlasting)
- Foam Paint Brushes
- 1.5 inch Circle Punch
- Scrap Cardstock
- Medium Grit Sand Paper
Paint the front and sides of the wood pallet with a generous coat of chalk paint. Let it dry completely.
Evenly space out and drill holes for the knobs once the paint is dry. My knobs are spaced about 2.5 inches apart from each other.
Punch a circle from the corner of the scrap cardstock. The cardstock doesn’t need to be anything fancy, as you’re using it as a stencil.
Using the foam paint brush and the other color of chalk paint, carefully sponge the paint to create the polka dots. Start with painting the polka dots in the center of the board and work your way out towards the edges. If you have too much paint on the brush, it will bleed out from underneath the stencil. Start with a minimal amount of paint on the brush for best results.
Continue painting polka dots until the front of your board is covered.
When the paint is completely dry, use the sandpaper to distress around the edges and over top of some of the polka dots to give it that shabby chic feel.
Screw the knobs into the holes that were drilled. Make sure to secure them in the back with the washer and bolt.
Your DIY wall hooks are finished!