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DIY Rustic Pallet Sign

Creating your own DIY rustic sign is so simple. Learn how to turn a regular pallet into charming home decor.

Hello and Happy Fall, Kenarry readers!  I’m Sarah from Making Joy and Pretty Things and I am SO excited to be part of the Creative Team.  You can expect lots of farmhouse and rustic style projects from me over the next several months – starting today with a fun DIY Rustic Pallet Sign!

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

Pallets in Home Decor – A Farmhouse Idea

I absolutely love anything pallet related.  A pallet shelf, pallet bed frame, a pallet Christmas tree, or a pallet house (okay, maybe that was a BIT too far).  You get the point.  The inherent rustic nature of a pallet adds a ton of character to any room or project.

But, where do you find pallets?

How to Find Pallets for DIY Projects

(If you have a pallet and just want the details on the project, skip ahead to “other supplies needed”.  If you’re thinking yes!! where do I get a pallet? keep reading 🙂 )

I admit, it can be super difficult to find pallets for DIY projects. Here’s my story about how I found some.

I searched and searched for MONTHS even checking craigslist ($75 for a pallet?? No way!).  One day, I drove past a small local pool company and spotted two broken up pallets by their dumpster.

As soon as I got home, I told my husband we were going dumpster diving.  He was thrilled, of course 😉

Back at the pool place, I asked the employee if the pallets were free and she said yes!  They frequently had old broken pallets by their dumpster and they were free for anyone to take!

Check Local Business for Free Discarded Pallets

So, moral of this long-winded story – check a local business!  Don’t pay for a pallet.  It may take some searching, but you’ll find that sweet pallet for free somewhere!

How I Prepped My Pallet for the DIY Sign

I’ll share the sign-making steps for you next. But before you begin painting, there are a few things you need to do to the pallet wood first.

1.) Disassemble the Pallet

Now, to disassemble a pallet, I could write a whole other blog post just on that.  It takes quite a bit of elbow grease, as they say.  We were eventually able to remove this board using the flattened side of a hammer.

2.) Cut the Pallet Boards Down to Size

Once the board was removed, we cut it down to the size we wanted (approximately 20″ long).

3.) Clean and Finish the Wood

Then we cleaned and finished the wood using this process: how to clean and refinish wood in 3 easy steps!

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How To Make the DIY Rustic Sign

After your wood pallet is prepared, you are ready to make your sign! Just follow these easy steps.

Step One: “choose joy” transfer

First, I printed out my “choose joy” wording using my regular ole’ computer and printer.  I so wish I had calligraphy style writing and I could freehand a beautiful sign, but sadly, I do not.

You can use whatever saying you want to make a gorgeous sign or simply click on the “choose joy” wording in the supply list to download the exact one I used!

Use the white chalk to color over the BACK of the paper, making sure to hit all the spots that have letters from the front.

Once you’ve colored the back with chalk, place the chalked part down onto the wood and adhere into position using tape.

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

Next, trace over the outline of each of the letters using a regular pen.

You want to be sure to press firmly with the pen, just not too much that you rip the paper.

Tip:  use a colored pen (like red) so you can remember where you have traced already!

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

Remove the tape and paper and this is what you’re left with:

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

I LOVE this trick to get pretty fonts with almost zero effort.  Color in the pretty outline using your favorite white paint pen and you have a perfectly worded sign without the stress of free handing.

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Looks pretty close, right??  I went rogue on the little twirls after the “y” and before the “c”.  I’m not sure I’m totally in love with them.  This is why I should just stick with the template, right??  Either way, the twirls are permanently there, and I think they’re growing on me.

Step 2: Felt Flowers

Once the wording was done, I decided to add in some felt flowers to give it a girly finish.

For the flowers, I used 3 different colors of felt – dark gray, a brown/tan, and off-white (all picked up at Michaels).  I cut each piece into a circle (note: bigger circle = bigger flower).  Two of the circles were roughly the same size and one was smaller.

See the size comparison here (ignore that coffee ring stain haha):

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

Next, using your scissors, start cutting into the felt in a spiral.  You want to  stay pretty close to the outside of the circle with each cut while continuing to work towards the center.  You end up with this when you’re done:

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

Take the outside point of the felt and beginning wrapping the felt around this point.  You want to keep the felt pretty close together, pulling tightly with each loop made.

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

Continue wrapping until you’re out of felt.  Use your hot glue gun to place a small dab on the bottom to adhere the final little piece (that holds the whole flower together).

Lastly, apply another dab of glue over the previously glued felt piece on the bottom of the flower and place on the pallet.

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!
DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

I LOVE how easy these sweet little flowers are to make and how lovely they look on the pallet.  They balance out the rustic nature of the pallet and bring a slight pop of color, too.

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

The DIY rustic pallet sign looks perfect in my little craft space gallery wall.  I’ve also made a memo board and some rustic clipboards.  The mason jar display tutorial will be up on my blog soon!

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!
DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

I hope you love the DIY rustic pallet sign as much as I do!!  You can personalize it, too!  Choose a different saying or add in some bright felt for a big statement.  You really can’t go wrong.

DIY Rustic Pallet Sign - simple farmhouse style sign to add the signature fixer upper look to a gallery wall or blank space!

More Farmhouse-Style Projects

Oh, and if you love this rustic, farmhouse-style project, check out a few other posts I’ve done recently:

DIY Farmhouse Shelves

DIY Farmhouse Shelves

DIY Rustic Photo Display

DIY Rustic Photo Display

DIY Shiplap Sign

Rustic Farmhouse-Inspired DIY Shiplap Sign

Wishing you a joyful day!!

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Originally published October 2016. Updated October 2018.

9 Comments

  1. I love that trick and the sign turned out beautiful. To me, the curly things look flawless. Love them. I also love how clear your tutorials are and those little roses look so easy. Your craft space is beautiful. Thank you for sharing (love the profile photo).

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