Pallet Wood Backdrop
This backdrop was fairly easy to make and will provide the perfect rustic backdrop for your special event. This picture shows five panels set up together, but for the sake of this post we will be explaining how to make a single one which comes out to 40 inches wide if you are using a standard pallet. You can do the math to figure out how many sections you need in order to create the backdrop size you need.
- 2 standard size pallets in good condition
- 3 eight foot long 2x4's
-1 pack of wood 1.25" screws
-1 pack of 3" screws
-1 can of stain in the color of your choice
-1 one inch brush for staining
-1 three inch brush for staining
-2 metal shelf brackets (Home Depot has these)
Step 1) Stain the Pallets
You will want to start by staining your pallets. Do NOT buy Varathane fast dry wood stain. I was tempted to do this because it said "fast dry" but it ended up looking like brown paint. I went back and bought the Minwax stain in Dark Walnut and it looked much better. See the images below.
Brown Paint= Not a good look
*Pro Tip #1- have an old rag with you and wipe the stain almost immediately after you put it on (say 5 seconds or so). I found that the pallet wood really soaks up the stain and almost looks black if you don't rub it off. See the images below.
First Applying- looks scary
Use a rag to wipe down
*Pro Tip #2- I suggested you use two size brushes. The larger one will be to cover the most surface area on the top facing boards. However, when you try to stain the boards behind the top boards it gets difficult, especially with a large brush, so the little one is very handy for that portion.
Larger brush for top boards
Narrow brush for bottom boards
Step 2) Connect the Pallets
You will now connect the pallets using two of the 2x4's. I run the slats horizontally which will make the section about 8 foot tall (or 96 inches) and about 3.33 feet wide (or 40 inches) as pallets are not perfectly square. You will run the 2x4 vertically on each side of the pallets while they are laying face down on the ground and butted up to each other. This picture shows them standing up because I forgot to take an image of this while they were lying on the ground. Please do not attempt to assemble these by stacking them and leaning against a wall. I am not sure that is even possible, but you know someone would try based on these images! I would drop a 3" screw in every 12 inches or so. You may have to step on the 2x4 as the wood can get warped and wont' always be flush. Once the screw gets going it will tighten everything up. Be sure to leave 1.5 inches at the bottom in order to attach the legs.
How it will look once 2x4's are screwed in
Space left at bottom to attach legs
Step 3) Attach the legs
You will now attach the legs to the bottom of the 2x4's you already screwed in. You will need to cut off two 2 foot sections from that last 2x4 you have and you can discard the extra or use it to make legs for more sections. Each leg should be 2 feet long. Drop it into that space you left before and sink two 3" screws in from the bottom going through the leg and up into the 2x4 that is running vertical. You will then add in the metal shelf brackets for support. Just sink 1.25" screws in wherever there are holes. Use sandbags to place on the legs to keep the backdrop from toppling over.
Step 4) Make More Sections or Decorate
Final product- trying out some lights