Monday, September 24, 2012

Reclaimed Wood Animal Friend Silhouettes

Have I ever mentioned that I love to recycle?  It definitely drives my husband nuts, as he thinks I over-do it.  I mean, I don't put the ziploc bags in the dishwasher?!? (I clean them by hand.)  And I will find uses for pickle jars, store my spools of ribbon on my plate holder, and rarely forget re-useable grocery bags.

So when I create something new, by recycling wood, well, that just makes me happy!  And these little animal friends of mine are just so damned cute, you should be smiling too!

I only got as far as the dog and hedgehog, but I'm bound to add more to the little zoo.

I have to give tons of credit to Sand and Sisal, this wonderful blog that I discovered on Hometalk. I saw her amazing shark pallet art and HAD to create something of my own.  Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Each one of these little guys was made with deconstructed pallet wood.  After blowing up the images, and creating them into line drawings, I traced around them on the wood. Using my handy-dandy scroll saw, I cut out the negative space.  Then each piece of wood was glued and nailed to a support piece.  The support piece is about an inch thick, giving the silhouette some depth.

I love the character in each piece of wood.  I also tried to keep the nail heads in place, when possible.  This gives it such a rustic quality.  Each piece was sealed with polyurethane, then waxed for that great hand-wax lustre and feel.

Try your hand at creating your own, unique pallet silhouette art.   

If not, feel free to wander on over to my shop where you can buy one off the shelves.  I'm happy to discuss custom work with you as well.

Have a great day!



  1. Neat! It would look really cool to have these built in as part of a front porch railing! And the best part is, if you're not into animals, you can do fairies, celestial, dragons, western styles, the sky is the limit!

  2. Those are awesome! I especially love the hedgehog! You have some major scroll saw skills :) I would love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday party :) I hope to see you there and thank you so much for sharing!

  3. I love these - they are gorgeous! Such a lovely idea. Unfortunately the only thing I have ever made out of wood was a mess. Oops!


  4. Super, SUPER cute. I'm dying inside a littler because of the cuteness and my lack there of. I love this a LOT. Scroll saw for Christmas? I think so! I'm wanting a whale for my bathroom.

  5. Love these! If I ever get a nice saw I just might try it...would be adorable in a kids room! P.s. love, love to recycle too,and I drive the hubby nuts with washing out the ziplock bags too :)

  6. Love it, I'm always tryign to think of new projects for the scroll saw. Thanks for sharing!

  7. these are awesome! Thanks for linking up!

  8. Super cute! I would have never thought of doing this but now all I can think of is what would I cut out of a piece of wood?

  9. Oh my gosh! I love, love, LOVE these! I just pinned both desings, lol. Myself and a group of bloggers host a monthly themed party called SPARK, and the October party just started today, I'd sure love for you to come share this idea there, it's so great!

    Hope to see you there, in the meantime, I'm a new follower here and will be browsing your blog for more awesomeness :)

  10. I am seriously swooning like you would not believe. Amazing! Thanks for linking up! So excited to have co-hosted with SPARK today! LOVD tidings, Lilly

  11. so adorable. I totally want to make one of these!
    Just wanted to let you know that our Friday link parties are back up and going. Hope you'll join in the fun! we're also giving away a $25 gift card to Hobby Lobby this week.

  12. Gave you a featured shout out! Thanks for linking! LOVD tidings, Lilly

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  17. Perfect! I run a large pet sitting group & always look for crafty gifts for my clients. Depending on their home decor, clients may get a rustic piece or whitewashed or painted & framed.

    Need help with a thought tho... I'd REALLY love to backlight these. Preferably without ugly cords dangling down. Thinking solar rope lights? ANY suggestions would be so helpful!!

  18. What a great gift for you client! Backlighting . . . interesting idea. If it was outside mounted, solar lights could work but if they are placed behind the silhouette, they may not get enough sun to energize. Perhaps battery operated ones? Not sure, but if you get one finished, I would love to see it!!

  19. Thank you to both Painted Therapy and Sand and Sisel! I was looking for craft ideas to help raise money for the non-profit group I volunteer with, Freedom Dog Rescue (Ottawa - Casselman, Ontario). Recycling pallets is not only good for the environment (and sets a good example for my four grandsons) it will also help to keep costs down!