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Affordable home decor featuring a one of a kind pallet doormat! | staining wood pallets

How many doormats can you say you bought and threw out in your lifetime? I think altogether I bought about 5 and threw them all out. Once i noticed it was time to replace my latest one. I finally decided I will be making them from now on! This is some edgy home decorating that’s about to happen, so get ready we are spending the day together.Anybody who sees this will undoubtedly want a couple for themselves. We’re not learning how to make a wooden pallet (I was asked this when I first brought the project to my boys), this is a wooden pallet zip tie mat.

So, let’s get started, shall we? Find an old pallet and get some zip ties (it could bedifferent colors). You’ll also need measuring tape, a power drill, a power saw, masking tape and scissors.

So the first thing we do is dismantle the pallet. You can use a crowbar or whatever you have to get the job done. Next, remove all of the nails.

Once you have the pieces of wood separated we will then measure the width of the pallet planks and cut it straight down the middle evenly. Then, you’re going to cut that in half so you will now have 4 pieces (from one plank) andwe want about 10 pieces. We will still cut down the middle of the other planks, but cut it at 30 inches long (we will need 3 for support braces). No shortcuts for home decor art right? Now, Iwill put the 10 pieces on a flat surface lined up neatly (tape it together so there’s no shifting). You can put pencils between them to give you a 1/4 inch spacing.

Still with me? Good! Now measure a 1/2 inch on both sides of the pallet. This will tell us where our support boards will be placed. The other board will be dead center. For the holes that the zip ties will be placed in, it’s going to be a lot more measuring except we will only do it with one board and tape the other same sized boards to that and we drill (the process for that will be easier to follow in the video). Take some time and really pay attention to those guides before you drill any holes in the boards.

Now that our support braces have all been carefully measured and holes drilled, we will now place it on top of our 10 taped boards and drill replica holes in the spaces that the support boards will be attached to using the zip ties. Use your clamp to keep everything steady while you drill those holes. Don’t forget that the countersink bit will clean up the holes and allow the zip ties head to sit nice and flat on the pallets. Now it’s time to sand, paint, and stain at will. Do this BEFORE you add the zip ties! So now that we got all of that out of the way, place your zip ties into the holes following the guide in the tutorial (cut the excess zip ties off) and there you have it, a lovely and cheap DIY home decoration. I hope this helps. Thank You!

This is what I’m Using for our zip tie mat

This is what I am going to use for our zip tie mat | rustic home decorating ideas

You can get an old wooden pallet from just about anywhere. This is what we will use for our rustic home decor mat project.

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Taking apart the pallet using a crow bar

Taking apart the pallet using a crow bar

For this exercise use any tool that works for you, just be careful, we want home decorating for cheap, but not to the point where you can get hurt. Always try to use the correct tools.

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Removing the nails from the planks | how to make a wooden pallet

Removing the nails from the planks | how to make a wooden pallet

The next time someone asks me how to make a wooden pallet I will tell them don’t use too many nails! I’m still removing nails from one plank (5 mins in)

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Cutting the pieces down for the mat assembly. | home decor help

Cutting the pieces down for the mat assembly. | home decor help

I am cutting the pieces down that I measured and right about now I wish I had someone to assist (home decor help) for this part of the project.

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Here we have our pallet pieces all lined up

Here we have our pallet pieces all lined up

After I cut the boards down to the size I wanted, I taped them together and inserted pencils between them to give me a nice 1/4 inch space.

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I am measuring the support braces to see where the zip ties holes will go

I am measuring the support braces to see where the zip ties holes will go

I think I said before, take your time and measure properly so you get the spacing right for the zip tie placement. Also, number your support boards like ABC or XYZ…that way you know which one goes where on the mat.

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Drilling the holes in the support boards

Drilling the holes in the support boards

I measured out the spaces and now I am getting the holes drilled for the next step.

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Using a clap to keep the boards steady

Using a clap to keep the boards steady

I am using the clamp to keep the boards from moving, it will make sure that during drilling there is no sudden shift that would ruin the hole placement.

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Testing out the width of the hole with the ziptie

Testing out the width of the hole with the ziptie

I needed to test the width of the hole out because the head of the zip ties has to sit in a groove (we will make that).

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Making bigger grooves in the back of the mat for the zip tie head

Making bigger grooves in the back of the mat for the zip tie head

The holes need to be drilled open just a little bit more to make the zip tie fit properly.

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Wood staining time | staining wood pallets

Wood staining time | staining wood pallets

I didn’t stain all of the boards because I wanted a little contrast in the mat.

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The pallets that were not stained gets a sanding! | rustic accents home decor

The pallets that were not stained gets a sanding! | rustic accents home decor

The color contrast that I used gives the mat a nice overall (rustic accents home decor) finish!

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What color to choose for the zip tie mat?

What color to choose for the zip tie mat?

I am trying to think what color would go best for the zip tie mat. Decisions, decisions.

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How about we use both on the zip tie mat?

How about we use both on the zip tie mat?

Alternating the zip tie colors would further step my game up, I figured since I used different color pallets, why not different color zip ties.

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Completed zip tie mat! | easy diy home decor

Completed zip tie mat! | easy diy home decor

Congrats team! We turned that old wooden pallet (with the 100 nails) into a really nice doormat!

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