DIY Pallet Lamp


Ok, here it is.  The item I made out of a pallet for the Calgary Home and Garden Show is a lamp!  This was extremely challenging and I spent many nights telling myself that I wasn’t going to succeed at making anything from this pallet wood that I would want on display in public with my name on it.  I still go back and forth between thinking I love it and I hate it but I think that might be because I’ve been looking at it for so long.

diy pallet wood project

I wanted to keep the charm of the rustic pallet wood.  The reason I love DIY and upcycling is not because we can cover up the dings and marks with a shiny coat of paint, but rather it’s because the items have a story behind them.  In transforming them I can make them useful again but I don’t want to lose that story.  I didn’t sand this wood down until smooth, I didn’t choose the ‘best’ pieces of wood and I didn’t make it ‘perfect.’  I just changed it enough so that we can look at it and not see a pallet.  Now, we look at it and see the beauty in this wood.  And we see something that can serve a purpose again.

stenciling on pallet wood

This quote sums up the entire project.  Seriously.  I’d lost all hope that I would finish until I persevered and kept at it and got this lamp lit.  It was really hard to find the right shade and I ended up making one from a chicken wire basket and some torn fabric.  While I know the style might not suit everyone’s home I think this piece would be ideal at the lake cottage or some kitschy farmhouse somewhere.

diy pallet lamp shade

So there it is, in all it’s illuminated glory.  I won’t say that I enjoyed every minute of making this.  I wanted to give up more than once.    But now that it’s over, I do like it.  And I do hope someone else likes it enough to spend some money on it and help out the Make a Wish Foundation because that’s the end goal here.

diy lamp from pallet wood



  1. Nice job, Heather! I am looking forward to seeing all of the pallet projects at the Home & Garden Show this weekend! (I’m not entering for tickets, just commenting.)

  2. That is amazing Heather! I love it! Where did you get the stencils you used? I have been looking for some good larger letter stencils for a wall project I want to do.

  3. wow! I love the lamp. Beautiful fabric. Also, I would love to go to the Home and Garden show – I’d love to win a ticket!!

  4. Great job! I love the rustic look. You may have inspired me to take another look at this pallet trend… I dismissed it as being painfully trendy, but I like what you’ve done! Now where the hell does one get pallets?!

  5. That’s fabulous. I didn’t think I liked it upon first glance, but once I paid attention to the angles and details I was sold! It’s artistic and the personality is very cool. I’m behind or under a rock ’cause I have no idea what you’re talking about with pallet trend. LOL! The angle of the lampshade (that you made! WOW!) with the front is perfect and I definitely love the phrase. Very nice!


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