An Uncomplicated Life Blog: DIY Wood Pallet Sign

Monday, August 26, 2019

DIY Wood Pallet Sign

Wood pallet signs are everywhere, especially for fall! It's easy and cost effective to make your own

Wood pallet signs are every where, from Target shelves to craft stores. And for good reason; they're cute! Thanks to Joanna Gaines and the rise of "farmhouse decor" these signs are made en masse for just about every occasion and holiday. The thing is, they aren't cheap! Which is funny, because all the materials that go into them aren't expensive, so the profit margins on wood signs must be amazing (for the company, not for you). Outside of profits, sometimes I really like the saying on a sign but the image or graphic is cheesy, or it's the other way around. When you make your own wood pallet signs, you get to pick one or both so it's exactly what you want. Save money and get exactly what you want? Yup, that's what this DIY wood pallet sign tutorial is here for!

I don't really decorate for any holiday(s) other than fall/Halloween (those are actually two different sets of decorations) and Christmas. Mostly because I don't have the time to switch everything out constantly. It's a process pulling all those boxes down from the attic, carefully wrapping up the old stuff to put out the new! That said, as my children get older and I can actually spend the time decorating instead of pulling garland out of babies' mouths and taking precious, breakable ornaments out of toddlers' hands, I can totally see myself getting into decorating for every single holiday. It's cheery! It's fun! Is it kinda lame and definitely excessive? Absolutely, but if that's my worst crime in life, go ahead and label me.

Back to the DIY wood pallet sign. Here's what you're going to need:
- the actual wood sign. You can make your own if you're extra crafty, or check out my links below to order a blank one off Amazon.
- acrylic paint set
- paint brushes
- paint pen for lettering (this makes it so much easier!)
- artistic inspiration for your sign

Blank wood signs to choose:

Once you have your sign and your inspiration, it's a matter of getting to painting! If you're not confident in your artistic skills, you could order stencils, either for the graphic or for the font of the text you want included. I love to freehand both graphics and text, so I just went for it. The good thing about acrylic paint is that it is washable; I'd suggest having a small bowl of soapy water and a rag nearby to quickly wash off any mistake or painting you don't like so that you can get it when it's wet (once it's even semi-dry, it's hard to remove). Dip the rag into the soapy water (dish soap will do) and simply scrub at it until it's gone. Then wait for the wood to dry before attempting again.

Need some artistic inspiration for your sign? Here's some fall and Christmas themed ideas for your text:
- It's fall y'all
- Happy Harvest
- Autumn leaves and pumpkins please
- Thankful
- Trick or Treat
- Peace on earth
- Have yourself a merry little Christmas
- May your days be Merry & Bright
- Let it snow
- It's the most wonderful time of the year

Fall and Christmas themed graphics to include:
- pumpkin(s)
- candy corn
- apples
- maple leaf/leaves
- squash or gourds
- jack o'lantern
- spiders and bats
- snowflake
- ornament
- wreath
- mistletoe
- Christmas tree
- lit candle
- pine cone and greenery

Close up of a wood pallet wall sign that reads happy fall y'all in black lettering with an orange jack o lantern who's smiling

Pick a text you like and mix it with one graphic (or two, if you're adventurous and have a large enough sign). A really good idea is to have one side of your sign be for fall or Halloween and the other one be for Christmas. That way you not only have to buy one sign (the most expensive part of this project) but you don't need to put it away after one holiday passes, you just flip it over. So it's a money and time saver! Paint and decorate the sign twice, hang it once, boom.

Wood pallet wall sign that reads happy fall y'all in black lettering with an orange jack o lantern that's smiling
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Wood pallet signs are all the rage for holiday decorating, but can cost an arm and a leg at a craft store. Make your own with this DIY wood pallet sign tutorial! Not only do you get to customize it, but you can also paint the front and the back to make it a multi-holiday sign that you can keep out all season long.


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