Lately I’ve been working on a new pallet carnival stall design for my son’s carnival themed birthday party. So far I’ve completed three with another two to go.
The original stall I made back in April was more of a fascia than an actual stall. I used a full pallet and fastened two posts to the side which supported a small marquee made from small pallet pieces. The two problems I encountered with this design were stability (the stall had a tendency to topple over, even when I attached feet to it that could be pegged in the ground) and painting (the gaps in the pallet boards were very awkward to paint).
The next stall I made was for a local youth centre who wanted a carnival style snack stall for their birthday celebration party in June. This time I completely dismantled the pallet and built it up again from scratch, making sure the boards were flush together to facilitate painting. I also included small sides to give it a more authentic stall look and added stability.
For my third effort I had bought a £3 striped table cloth to try as an alternative to painting the stall (undercoat and gloss are both time consuming and costly). With this method I didn’t need to worry about gaps in the pallets as the table cloth would cover them. I spent a couple of weeks bringing home the pallets I needed, some of which were used in full, others dismantled for the sides and marquee.
First I attached a couple of feet to a full pallet. Then I made the stall sides from pallet boards and blocks. Next, the marquee went up, using long pallet boards for the posts and shorter ones for the marquee frame. Then I painted the posts and finished off by stapling the table cloth (in two parts) to the fascia of the stall and marquee.
I’m really pleased with the end result – it looks much more like a bona fide carnival stall, and it’s much sturdier than the previous designs, plus it’s already proving popular with the kids! 🙂
Since my last update I’ve completed several jobs that were on my to do list:
- Completed the roof (now changed to a flat roof)
- Sunk the pool
- Attached side rails
- Laid turf
- Made and hung the coop door
- Finish painting the duck house
- Secure the perimeter, especially the doorway
- Finish off the surrounding area
All going well my next post on the duck coop will mark its completion (fingers crossed). For now though the remaining jobs will be put on the backburner while I focus on the Backyard Carnival project for my eldest son’s birthday in just a few weeks. I’m excited but also feeling the pressure, not least from my son and his daily reminders! 😀
A couple of months ago I had the idea of using pallet wood as a cheap lawn edging solution. Lawn edging is something I’d wanted for a while but with around 80m to cover the cost was always prohibitive.
When I first thought of using pallets I tested out some self made stakes along a metre stretch and really liked the results. So, for the last two days I’ve been making hundreds of pallet wood stakes and making my way around the lawn. I think the result is great!
The wood is untreated so it won’t last forever but since pallet wood is free and these stakes are so easy to install I didn’t consider the benefit to be worth the cost and effort of treating it.
The ducks are being weaned outside now so I thought I’d provide them with a watering hole made from an unwanted bucket.
I dug out a hole to sink the bucket, then used some chicken wire and weed barrier to reinforce the sides of the hole so that the bucket can easily be removed for water changes.
Sinking the bucket keeps it stable and prevents it from being knocked over by thirsty ducks. The height of the exposed part of the bucket means they can dip their heads in for a drink and a wash without being able to climb in and soil the water.
The blog has been a little quiet lately, simply because things have been so busy in the backyard. To cut a long story short, we are expecting ducks, imminently, and all of my spare time has been going into creating some housing for them.
A few days ago my wife announced that her friend was giving us three Aylesbury ducklings once they hatched. Far be it for me to turn down a challenge (or free eggs) I set about making a pallet duck house.
I’ve been scratching my head trying to figure out whereabouts in the backyard they are going to live, and I think I’ve finally made a decision. One of the “dead space” corners has been chosen, but it needs a hell of a lot of TLC.
Like many of its fellow corners before it it has attracted a lot of rubbish and become a bit of a dumping ground, so that will need shifting first. It’s also home to an old makeshift pergola which has seen better days. This will likely need to come down.
I’ve got my work cut out for me, as usual, and I’m stumbling along into the unknown, as usual, but I might get some free food so I’m game.
The duck house has been making slow and steady progress and I hope to finish it in the next few days so that I can move onto clearing the pen area, a job I am NOT looking forward to! 😀
The latest addition to the Backyard Carnival project is this Space Invaders themed Roll-a-Ball game. This was a very quick and easy project to complete. The most time consuming aspect of the job was waiting for the paint to dry!
The last time our family went to a theme park my son spent hours at one of these stalls so I knew it had to be a fixture at Backyard Carnival. After acquiring an old furniture board that would serve as a base I got a few other pieces of scrap wood together and got to it.
Putting it together was just a simple matter of cutting a few pieces of pallet wood to size and fixing them to the base once everything had been painted. It’s worth mentioning that the base is slightly warped due to being left in the rain for some time, but this simply adds an element of classic carny rigging! 😀
Another step closer to bringing the carnival to the backyard! That’s three games completed now.
Yesterday I made this quick and easy addition to the Backyard Carnival project and my son and I gave it a test drive. Happy days 😀