Day of the Dead Painted Wood Sugar Skulls Trio

Day of the Dead is rapidly approaching. To prepare, I created a painted wood sugar skull trio, for my front porch. I love bright and colorful decorations for Day of the Dead. This is a great piece of home decor, … Continue reading

The Cutest Painted Pallet Wood Pumpkin Patch Ever!

Painted Pallet Pumpkin Patch

Do you love the wood pallet pumpkins you’ve been seeing all over Pinterest? Me too! Walnut Hollow has new pallet wood pumpkin shapes this year! No more cutting your own pallets up and getting frustrated when yours (mine) don’t turn … Continue reading

Hashtag Frame from a Walnut Hollow Rustic Frame

painted hashtag picture frame

A fun Summer camp craft is this painted hashtag frame. If you have tweens or teens at home, no doubt they spend some time on Instagram! And of course, so do we adults too, right? (Be sure to follow Walnut Hollow on … Continue reading


By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Take a deep breath…once again… R-E-L-A-X. I’m not speaking for everyone, but many of us do not do this enough. We get caught up in the rat-race of life and forget to RELAX.


This home décor piece is a reminder and provides inspiration for us to remember to relax. I used one of the NEW Rustic Pallet pieces now available – Rustic Pallet, 8” x 30”.

Use a large flat brush to paint the entire Rustic Pallet and each 5” Letter with DecoArt® Americana Décor®,  Chalky Finish. I used Serene for the Pallet and Delicate for each Letter. I love this paint! It’s so easy to apply and no need to seal the paint prior to using.


Once everything is thoroughly dry, use a sanding block or an electric sander to begin the process of a worn or vintage look. Sand all the way down to the raw wood here and there!


Use the Crème Wax in Deep Brown to antique the Pallet and Letters. Apply the Wax with a large flat brush and remove the excess with a soft cloth. Once all is dry, you can buff everything with a clean soft cloth.

IMG_2299Now it’s time to adhere the Letters to the Pallet. The best product to use is the Tombow® Power Adhesive Tabs. Place a few Power Tabs on the back of each Letter, peel off the little paper and press in place on the Pallet.

What I love about the look you achieve with the Chalky Finish on the Rustic Pallet pieces is that the wood still looks “rustic”, but the sanding makes it smooth to the touch. Perfect!

Cork Trays

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

When you plan your next Wine Party, keep these in mind! They are really easy to make and will add a special touch to your party décor.



I started with the Rustic Pallet, 7.63” x 7.63” – and flipped them to use the bottom for my project. Using a medium flat brush, I painted the wood with a wash of DecoArt® American® acrylic paints – Burnt Orange and Hauser Medium Green.

Use Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere 6” square cork tiles to the center. Use the same glue to adhere used corks – you probably have a collection of them somewhere! – along 2 edges of the Pallet.

You can use these a couple ways – either as serving pieces for your wine and appetizers or make one for each guest to use to hold their wine glass (it won’t slip on the cork!) and food.



By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We all live by some sort of rules, right? It’s fun to have rules for those who live together too – and they really can be very simple. Post those Rules somewhere so everyone can see them using a Rustic Pallet piece – this one measures 12” x 24”.

40171Start with the unfinished version and spray 1-2 coats of Krylon® Chalkboard Spray in Black to cover the front and back. Follow the directions on the can.

IMG_2367IMG_2366???????????????????????????????IMG_2364Rub regular chalk on each slat and remove with a paper towel or soft cloth. Now the slats have been conditioned to work better with the Marvy® Bistro Chalk Markers in many colors. Try different styles of hand lettering to create the “Rules”, each in a different color. Don’t forget to add some little “doodles” here and there.

Maybe you can have a prize each week for the family member who followed all the rules! Let me know who wins……


Christmas Pallet

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Christmas PalletNeed to decorate a small area in your home? Don’t have a mantel to hang those Christmas stockings? Well, there might be other reasons you need to make this. 40180Starting with a raw Pallet, basecoat – every other slat – with DecoArt® Americana® Tuscan Red, using a large flat brush.  The other 2 slats are basecoated using the large flat brush and Holly Green (DecoArt® Americana®).

Once the paint is thoroughly dry, use a medium-coarse sanding block or an electric sander to sand the edges of the Pallet for a vintage or worn look.


I used a 2” alphabet stencil to trace the letters “M-E-R-R-Y” with a pencil onto the Pallet. I used chalk to hand-letter the word “Christmas”.  Use DecoArt® Americana® Light Buttermilk with a medium flat brush to paint the stencil letters.

Use a medium roung brush to paint “Christmas” with Light Buttermilk. Thin the paint with water to make it easier for paint to flow off the brush as you paint the letters.

IMG_2336IMG_2335Drill holes from the back for each knob with the appropriate size bit for your knobs. Attach knobs.

Now you are ready to hang anything – small decorations, stockings, etc.

Thankful Pallet

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Thanksgiving is just about a month away and it’s time to think about new decorations for your home – maybe something that can change each year, if you like. Actually, you could leave this up all year round.

Thankful PalletThe Thankful Pallet, 14″ x 24″, is painted with chalkboard paint, so you can erase the words each year and write different things you are thankful for on each slat.

IMG_2259To make it easier to create, I sprayed the entire Rustic Pallet with Krylon® Chalkboard Paint, Black. Once it was dry, I used a large flat brush to paint the top slat only with Eggplant DecoArt® Americana®Multi-Surface Satin™. Once dry, I used the large flat brush to paint Clear DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint on the top of the Eggplant so it could be used like a chalkboard. Note: Always follow the manufacturers directions on the bottle so you know how long to wait between coats.


IMG_2263I used Marvy® Bistro Chalk Markers for all the lettering.

IMG_2261To add a pop of color to the Pallet, paint cardstock tags with DecoArt® Americana Hauser Light Green and clothespins with Burnt Orange. Use a black marker pen to add other people or things for which you are Thankful. Add the tags here and there and secure them with a clothespin.

IMG_2264To hang the Pallet, attach a couple of metal screw eyes on the backside of the Pallet. Cut the green satin ribbon into (2) 24” lengths. Add ribbon on each side through the screw eyes and tie together at the top center of the Pallet.

Enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends!


Pallet Pumpkin

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Pallet Pumpkin

Pallet PumpkinNeed a very easy and fast Fall idea? This is great for outside and would be fun to use several bordering your walkway or driveway.


I started the project by spraying the Rustic Pallet with Krylon® ColorMaster™ Pumpkin. While the Pallet is drying, spray the 36” Wood Stake with Krylon® ColorMaster™ Leather Brown.


Once the Pallet and Stake are dry, attach the Stake to the back of the Pallet with a hammer and 4 nails.

IMG_2229I used an Offray® 1 ½” Green Burlap ribbon tied to the top of the Stake.

That’s it – you’re done. Go on………….DIY. You can make several at the same time!