Pallet Antler Wall Art {Tutorial}

So, I lied. Last week I revealed my pallet antler wall art and told you guys that later in the week I would show you how I made it.

Well, clearly that never happened. Sorry about that.  I have a lot going on behind the scenes that I can’t wait to share with you guys soon. But, in the meantime, please accept my sincerest apology for lying. I know you guys were waiting on pins and needles for this tutorial, right {cough, cough}?

So let’s start, shall we?

Pallet Antler Wall Art

I had a bunch of pallet wood I had gotten for free. Several of the boards were wider and there was a variety of darker and lighter wood colors. When I laid them all out, I actually really liked the look of having alternating colors of wood. So first thing I did was cut the boards down to size {or more like had someone cut them down for me…still afraid of power tools}.

Pallet Wood

I wanted to stain the already darker pieces of wood and make them a bit darker for even more contrast.

Someone told me that you can stain wood using steel wool and distilled vinegar. So I found a tutorial online and got everything I needed.

Steel Wool & Distilled Vinegar

Let’s just say, this project didn’t exactly go as planned. I think my first problem was getting pink brillo pads. They were pink for breast cancer, but that was the only kind I could find at the store I went to.

You are supposed to soak the brillo pads in distilled vinegar for a bit and then swipe the pads onto your wood.

Steel Wool in Vinegar

When I did that, the wood ended up turning super grey. Not at all the color I was going for. See exhibit A below.

Grey Pallet Wood

But, the tutorial did say that you can soak some tea bags and paint the tea stain on top to make it less grey. The tea bags didn’t help my poor grey board at all though. If anything, it just made it even more grey.

Tea Bags

So, I decided to flip the board over and just stain the wood with tea alone just to see what it would look like.

Tea Staining Pallet Wood

I actually really liked the color and went with that on all the darker boards.

Here’s what the three boards looked like post stain next to the lighter boards.

Stained Pallet Wood

I thought it gave it just a little bit more color like I wanted but wasn’t too dark.

For the back, I also had someone cut down a few thicker boards to brace the wood. One lesson that I’ve learned in the past when working with pallet wood is that it strips super easily. So luckily I had some pretty sturdy pieces of wood and opted to use those on the back to hopefully avoid stripping.

Pallet Boards-Braced

I also learned the hard way that it is actually important to get the proper length in screws. Based on my measurements, which were clearly wrong, I got 1.5″ screws. I had the hardest time drilling those screws in and getting the boards to all stay together. For some reason I was only thinking screws came in 1.5″ and 2″ sizes. In case you were wondering, they do actually have 1.75″ screws. Who knew! That size was perfect and made it much easier to put the whole thing together.

The white frame I used on top of the wood was originally a black frame that I got from Ikea. Just gave it a few coats of white spray paint.

Ikea Frame-Black

I just added a few screws to the front to hang the frame.


The antlers came from Target. The first time I saw them I didn’t end up buying them.  But, the next time I was there, I saw them again and there was only one left so I took it as a sign and impulse bought them.

I didn’t exactly have a place in mind for them, but once I started putting this project together I thought it might be fun to add the antlers to the inside of the frame.

I just popped on a few screws in the center of the frame for the antlers to hang.

Pallet Wood-Screws

And that’s it! Pallet antler wall art complete.

Pallet Antler Wall Art-Megan Brooke Handmade

To hang it, I actually just used a wire picture hanger that holds up to 50 pounds. I failed to take a picture of the back once that was attached. Oops!

Pallet Antler Wall Art- Megan Brooke Handmade

But, it is safely hanging over my bed and none of it has landed on my head in the middle of the night thus far.

Pallet Antlers Wall Art- Megan Brooke Handmade

I would call that a success!

Have you ever had a project not turn out like the tutorial and you ended up improvising? I’m actually glad the distilled wool didn’t work out, because I’m kind of digging the tea stain look more! What do you think?

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    • says

      Thanks Amy! Sadly the brillo pads didn’t work out…but I actually really love the tea stain look more! In this case a project fail turned into a project success! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Rita says

    Oh my……that is just fabulous! I adore the tea staining. Sometimes it’s truly a better outcome when something in a tutorial goes a little wrong. Love, love, love your work:)
    May I ask where you purchased your gorgeous ruffled duvet set? Stunning room:)

    • says

      Thanks so much Rita! I agree, glad I was forced to give the tea staining a try.

      The duvet came from Urban Outfitters. I was worried about it being all white and getting dirty, but it’s held up great and it’s washable which helps. 😉

      • Summer says

        I am obsessed as well! Looking everywhere for those antlers and can not find anything even comparable. Is the name of the maker on them? A brand or something. Target is not selling them online, so I was hoping to go straight to the source.

        • says

          Hi Summer. The name of the maker isn’t on them as far as I can tell. So sorry! I see antlers out and about every now and then and will let you know if I come across anything similar!

  2. says

    megan–you did a fabulous job. Glad you worked through the mishaps! 🙂
    thanks for sharing at CCC, catching you this week.
    ps the steel wool would be found in the hardware dept, not the cleaning dept. It’s used for sanding and such.


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