This is one of those projects that turned out even better than I thought it would! I seriously love this technique, and plan to use it for many future projects. Take a good look here. This delicious aged/chippy finish on this wooden pallet DIY heart decor was created with napkins and tissue paper!
- Unfinished Pallet Heart with Jute Hanger
- 7 inch Wood Script “Love”
- Varathane One Step Stain and Polyurethane
- Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
- Mod Podge Matte
- White Grosgrain Ribbon
- Printed Napkins
- Printed Tissue Paper
Begin by removing the stickers and jute from your wooden pallet heart.
Stain heart using wood stain. I prefer spray stain for projects like this. The stain gets down into the cracks between the slats without any effort. Make sure to also stain the edges of the heart.
Tissue paper can be used as is.
Napkins (yes, your average printed party napkins) are usually three-ply. For this project, you will need to separate the top (colored, printed) layer from the bottom two (white) layers.
Begin at a corner, and tear it back to reveal the white layer, carefully peel it back. Once you get past the machine stamped edge, it came up easier. I used the stamped edges. Once they are covered in mod-podge, the embossed design is no longer visible.
Lay your paper over the slats in the pallet, and trim accordingly.
I chose to work on every other slat at a time. Apply mod-podge to the slat, and carefully lay your cut paper strip on the slat. There will be little to no re-arranging of the paper once it hits the mod-podge. It is very delicate when it gets wet.
You will be able to see the wood through the paper.
Using a dull knife edge, or mod-podge tool, gently edge the wooden slats. Push the paper into the gap, so it will not overlap the paper you will be adding to the next slat.
You can see here, that the napkins I chose had a pattern that didn’t quite span the entire slat. That is just fine. Cut a similar piece and over-lap the paper. Try to line up the pattern if you can. The paper is so thin so the overlapping line will barely be noticeable.
When your papers are adhered well, allow the mod-podge to completely dry. (You can see my “smoosh” spots.)
Once it is dry, we are going to be hitting it with sand paper. I prefer to use a Sand-it Gadget. It saves my nails.
Edge the heart first. Using a downward motion, hit the edges with sandpaper until it tears the paper off.
To finish this wall decor, I added a wooden “Love” word.
I lightly sanded the word to better match the aged look of this piece.
Lots of impact, little effort.