I’ve been wanting to create DIY Signs from pallet wood for a while. I’ve been working on creating this pallet sign for a couple of weeks now and I am so excited to be able to show it to you! It was the brain-child of a few ideas, meshed together and I am absolutely in love with how it turned out! It started with the need to have some art in my master bedroom; we have none. My problem was finding an image or a quote that “fit” my husband and I. I finally pulled all the pieces together and love my final result! So I present to you the complete (ie long) tutorial on how to make this super cute Together is our Favorite Place to be pallet sign!
This is truly one of my favorite projects I have every made! It combined my love of my Saw, Kreg Jig and my Silhouette cutting machine! These three tools create a deadly combination for a killer project in my opinion so not only did I love making it, but I also love how it turned out.
Please forgive the length of this post about making DIY signs from pallet wood, but I wanted to walk you through the entire process from start to finish. And even give you tips on using the Kreg Jig, walking you through how to make and use a Stencil out of vinyl and every other step in between! So the post is long, but I’ve jam-packed a ton of information in here; it’s kinda epic!
Steps to make DIY signs that look like pallet wood:
1. Cut pallet wood from hardware store boards
I use a chop/miter saw, but even a simple hand saw would work fine for this step.
My overall board ended up being 27″w x 32″t. I used 2″x6″ boards from my local hardware store, measured twice, cut once and soon I had (5) 32″ long wooden boards for my pallet sign.
2. Sand pallet wood boards
It is important to take the time to sand the wood well so that the stain applied evenly. I started with a lower grit sandpaper, then finished off with a finer grit sandpaper. I used my electric sander for this step. Be sure to get the ends very well too to avoid the ends being three shades darker than the face of the wood.
After my boards were sanded really well, I used a clean cotton knit cloth and wiped my boards down to remove any sawdust.
3. Stain pallet wood boards
I use a cotton knit rag and a Dark Walnut Stain for making DIY signs. This is one of my all-time favorite stains! It is so pretty!
I dip the tip of the rag into the stain, blot it off and patiently work the stain into the wood. You want to apply stain with the lightest coat possible so work it in and make a little go a long way.
I used two coats of stain for my project.
4. Drill holes in boards to put pallet sign together
I brought out my Kreg Jig and got to work! If you are looking to assemble a few pieces of wood together this is truly the quickest and easiest way I have found to do this. Basically, you will clamp your wood into their neat little jig contraption, set a couple of settings to the size of your wood, take your drill and drill away! It is really so simple!
The jig will enable you to drill an angled hole so that you can screw two boards together easily, simply and cleanly.
HINT: With the Kreg Jig, you clamp the wood into place. Since my wood was finished and beautiful and I wanted to be sure to preserve my wood, I placed a second piece of wood between my finished board and my clamp.
GIRLS CAN USE POWER TOOLS TOO TO MAKE DIY SIGNS!
With boards this long, I drilled three holes in four out of my five boards using my Kreg Jig. You do not have to measure where these holes go, I just eyeballed it, one on each end and one in the middle-ish.
5. Assemble pallet sign together
Using your drill you will assemble the boards together. The Kreg Jig comes with a special drill bit that is extra long and works with their screws. It is totally worth the investment. You only need to place two boards side by side and screw into the boards using the holes you previously drilled. It is so simple!
With pallet boards this big, I enlisted my husband to help so it only took just a few minutes to assemble my big pallet-style board! I held the boards together and snapped photos while he put the screws in one end. Then we switched jobs and I put the screw into the other end. That’s either really good teamwork or us being lazy 🙂
After you’ve assembled the entire board in this fashion, you have made your own really fun, beautiful pallet sign! I loved it so much at this point I knew making one of these DIY Signs was going to be awesome!
6. Cut out a stencil to paint the words on your pallet sign
I chose to use vinyl as a stencil for my board. You can also use vinyl for your lettering, but I wanted a bit more of a rustic, handmade look so I decided to use a stencil to paint the words on my pallet sign.
I am lucky enough to have a Silhouette Cameo that I am desperately in love with! I also have the Designer Edition Software Program which allows me to customize my designs in so many ways. But even without the designer edition software program, one of my all-time favorite features of the Silhouette vs. other cutting machines is that I can use ANY true type font on my computer to design text with. Yup. I can turn any TTF into a design to cut out. One of the many reasons I love my Silhouette.
I started laying out, designing, and picking fonts for my board. I knew I wanted to use two fonts, one fancy and one more simple and two paint colors so I took a lot of time to carefully design my final look. Once it was fully designed, I cut my design out with my Silhouette and weeded the letters out of the design, leaving a stencil still on the backing paper.
After your stencil is cut and weeded, you will want to use transfer tape to carefully apply your vinyl to your board.
Since my vinyl wasn’t going to be on my finished board, I grabbed some old vinyl I knew I wasn’t going to use. This shiny silver vinyl totally has its place, but I personally had no foreseeable use for it so it became my lovely stencil!
But I did keep joking with my husband telling him I was going to leave it just…like…this 🙂
7. Stenciling DIY Signs with Paint
When you use vinyl as a stencil here are a couple things to keep in mind:
- Make sure all edges around the letters are firmly adhered to the board to help prevent seepage.
- You will always have seepage so be “ok” with a handmade, rustic, shabby look.
- Apply the vinyl, paint, and remove vinyl as quickly as possible to help prevent the vinyl from sticking too badly to the pallet sign. But don’t remove your vinyl until the paint is at least almost all the way dry, preferably all the way dry.
- Do not, under any circumstance, use latex paint. Use craft paint when making DIY Signs! Ok. You can use latex paint, but be warned that the latex paint will try to stay on your vinyl when you take it off so it will take extra time and a lot of patience when removing the vinyl from your board to be sure that your letters stay on the board too. Craft paint makes this process so much easier! I may or may not know this from personal experience…just sayin’
After the cutting, sanding, staining, drilling, assembling, vinyl cutting, painting, and a little cleanup, my lovely pallet sign was done and as pretty as could be!!
Both my husband and I love this quote and it just “fits” us. We love spending time together, we love working on house projects together, we love going on dates. Spending time with each other is an important part of our relationship so this quote is perfect for us. It is the reason I chose it and the reason I looked for so long for a quote for us for our bedroom. I had to find the perfect one, and this is it:
DIY signs are perfect to create in your home with a quote that fits you or your family. I actually have a couple more ideas up my sleeve now that I’ve made this pallet sign for other projects that I’d love to do! I can’t wait to get started on them!!
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