Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pallet Signs


Ever heard of the saying "Pinterest made me do it?" Well, I feel like Devin and I both have been craving a good wood pallet project! A few weeks ago I received a text from a friend that said she was landscaping her backyard and needed to get rid of all the pallets the landscaping company left. She had over 40 pallets! I took them graciously. My husband wasn't sure why I was adding "junk" to our backyard, but he couldn't see all the possibilities that could come with these pallets.

First we took them apart. I had seen several things about the proper way to take apart a pallet. I decided to use a saws-all that I borrowed from a family member instead of using a hammer and crowbar. Excuse my lack of safety (flip-flops, t-shirt, no safety glasses).



After taking apart the pallet, we separated the planks of wood into piles. We moved the wood around so there wasn't a pallet with all the same looking wood.


Once they were ready to be to finalized, I laid 2 pieces of wood on the back to fasten the sign. My husband had some long screws and I used those to screw into each plank.  They were secure and ready to be painted!


The planks of wood on the back of the pallet stuck out about 5 inches, so I used a miter saw to cut the wood to size.



Here is a finished pallet (30" x 34"), before we started stenciling and painting. Our good friend Beth, joined in and helped create some great vinyl stencils. (If you would like to order vinyl from Beth, her website is http://www.redleafcrafts.blogspot.com/. You can order any of the designs you see here on our post from her site.) Lay your stencil on your pallet where you want it.





Remove the top plastic and set on wood. Press the sticky side down and rub. Try as best as you can to get it in all the grooves and cracks. 


Once you have your entire stencil (vinyl) in place, get your paint ready. All of us had different signs going with different colors. I chose a gorgeous green color. Here I am painting over the stencil. I used a sponge brush, and it worked just fine. Remember the less paint, the better. If you lay the paint on thick, you have the chance of it bleeding under the vinyl. Also if you do it thin, and would like to sand over it, it makes it easier if it's not a thick coat. 


Here is my finished product. Once I get it hung above my guest bed, I will have to post an updated photo. My pallet was 34" x 48".

Here is Devin's finished pallet sign. Its a popular one on Pinterest and now I know why! It looks awesome in her home.

Here is Caitlin's finished pallet sign. I loved her quote!

This was a great project! We had a lot of fun and we are grateful to all those who contributed! If you are interested in any of these vinyl designs feel free to contact Beth.  

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35 Comments:

At May 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM , Blogger Jaymee Whalen said...

That is SO cool! Maybe I should do this to the pallets at work haha

 
At August 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM , Blogger cooking with curls said...

Those are awesome! Now I just need to find some pallets :)

 
At August 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Whitney Mier said...

I love these! SO cool!

 
At August 10, 2013 at 6:13 AM , Blogger Anne said...

These are so cute! I am inspired. Just pinned!

Anne @ www.creatingabeautifullife.net

 
At August 10, 2013 at 7:29 AM , Blogger shari said...

These are so cool!! Do you have a tutorial on how you did the stencils? Thanks!!

 
At August 10, 2013 at 6:33 PM , Blogger Debbie T said...

Love all of the pallets. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
Debbie from http://lovinlife1dayatatime.blogspot.com/

 
At August 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Tara and Devin said...

Thanks Shari! We have a friend who has a vinyl cutting machine who made the stencils for us. We simply gave her the dimensions of our signs, told her what we wanted them to say and in what font, and she worked with us to size them up and make sure they looked how we wanted them to. There are a lot of people who sell custom vinyl stickers on-line if you don't know anyone with a machine. So glad you stopped by! ~Devin

 
At August 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM , Anonymous Amy @ A Blossoming Life said...

You did a wonderful job on all of these pallets! I'm in love with the bicycle! I would love if you would share this over at our blog hop http://www.ablossominglife.com/2013/08/frugal-crafty-home-blog-hop-36.html

 
At August 12, 2013 at 8:08 AM , Blogger Tara and Devin said...

Yes! Reusing pallet is so much fun! And it makes such cute home decor!

 
At August 12, 2013 at 8:09 AM , Blogger Tara and Devin said...

I feel like with how popular they are on pinterest its hard to track some down. But if you know anyone landscaping their yard, they would have some pallets. Sometimes you can also find them stashed by dumpsters behind large businesses. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

 
At August 12, 2013 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Tara and Devin said...

Thank you Whitney!

 
At August 12, 2013 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Tara and Devin said...

Thanks for stopping by Debbie! Will check your blog out!!

 
At August 12, 2013 at 8:11 AM , Blogger Tara and Devin said...

Thank you Amy! Yes, I will come by and share our project!Thanks for stopping by!

 
At August 12, 2013 at 3:16 PM , Blogger Tara and Devin said...

Shari, I just updated the post with Beth's contact information. She would love to help you if you would like to order vinyl from her. :)
~Devin

 
At August 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM , Anonymous Retta Langevin @ Turf Signs said...

Great job! Not only did you get to help a friend by taking those pallets off of her hands, but this is also a great way to upcyle. They look perfect for home and even lawn decor. Thanks for sharing!

 
At August 28, 2013 at 8:53 AM , Blogger Tara and Devin said...

I LOVE repurposing and reusing things and creating on the cheap. Thanks for your comment! ~Devin

 
At March 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did you hang these? I imagine they are fairly heavy.

 
At March 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM , Blogger Cheryl said...

From the pictures, it looks like you used the saw to also cut thru the nails. Wouldn't it break the blade? I've taken apart pallets with a crowbar. It takes forever!

 
At July 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM , Anonymous Laci Cherie said...

Do you use anything to treat the wood for bugs before painting? Also do you use any type of sealant (sp?) after you finish painting?

 
At July 17, 2014 at 5:59 AM , Blogger Trisha Smith said...

I am a little confused on how to took the pallets apart with the saw? The picture does look like you cut through the nails? Your finished pictures show nail holes so I know you didn't cut the wood into pieces. Please explain more because I can't seem to get them apart very well with a crowbar. THANKS!

 
At November 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are pretty awesome. And she used a sawzall. Their are blades that you can use that are specifically made for cutting through nails and pretty much anything you could think of

 
At December 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've cut apart pallets in this same manner. I use a sawzall and buy the "metal" blades for it. These are special blades made specifically for cutting through metal! We trim extra long screws after a project tht end up protruding, or through the nails in pallets and even through roofing tin :) it doesn't break the blade at all!

 
At December 9, 2014 at 2:01 AM , Blogger Amela Jones said...

Are you going to do a follow up article? Would love to know what happens next.

Amela
northampton landscaping supplies

 
At January 8, 2015 at 5:33 PM , Blogger Kayla Stikeleather (Smith) said...

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At January 8, 2015 at 5:45 PM , Blogger Kayla Stikeleather (Smith) said...

Silly question, how did you hang the pallet signs on the wall when you were done with them? :)

Thanks!
Kayla

 
At January 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Tara Carroll said...

Hi Kayla! Not a silly question at all. I use two nails and heavy duty picture hanging wire. Hope that helps!

 
At February 13, 2015 at 9:32 PM , Blogger Kristen Caroline said...

HEY! Where do you get your stencils from?

 
At February 15, 2015 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Tara Carroll said...

Kristen, we got them from our good friend Beth at Red Leaf Crafts. Her link is listed in the post! :)

 
At April 18, 2015 at 12:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I can do this also; they are very much better home made than ready made signs, and I so love them!

 
At June 5, 2015 at 8:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The vinyl pieces that your friend makes are they one time use or can they be used multiple times?

 
At June 25, 2015 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Tara Carroll said...

Answers: There is no sealant used after painting. You could if you wanted to, though. We used a sawzall to cut through the nails. It makes the process of breaking apart the pallets much quicker. The stencils we used were one time use. It's like a sticker, once you get the paint on them, we weren't able to use them again.

 
At June 3, 2016 at 6:49 AM , Anonymous Sarah Adams said...

That is a good ! You did such a good job on the sign too and so incredibly talented! Your project blow me away! So beautiful. I think you have a great blog.

 
At July 30, 2016 at 8:12 PM , Blogger tracyJ said...

hi Tara and Devin,
so cute! i have access to pallets. might try.
but can you clarify: when you screwed on the "backs", did you drill from the front or back. it seems to make sense to drill from the front, but the pic shows the backside. so kinda confused.
again, great idea! :)

 
At July 30, 2016 at 8:29 PM , Blogger Tara Carroll said...

Tracy
To answer your question we drilled from the back so to not show the screws in the front of the sign. But it's all in preference on how you want your sign to look! Hope your project goes well!!

 
At August 4, 2017 at 4:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to order some stencils but I have a special invite to contact redleafcrafts.

 

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