Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Outdoor Pallet Sign

I have been wanting to join the trend of making something from a pallet forever! Last fall my husband and I did some landscaping to our front yard and had some pallets left over from the project. My husband  for some reason doesn't understand why I hang onto things that are no longer needed or belong in a dumpster. I am slowly starting to get him to look through my junkin' baby blue eyes. I am working on our little patio and I wanted something that would remind  me of what I needed to do while I was outside and that is RELAX. Sometimes I need things spelled out for me. I knew a sign is what I needed and I knew my junky little pallet would be perfect. So sit back and relax and I will show you how to make this cheap and easy pallet sign. 

The first thing you need to do is dis-assemble your pallet. I am not going to lie to you friends this part was the hardest part. These pallets are made to withstand a lot of weight and are very strong. 

I asked my handsome handyman for his assistance. I did offer him some help and got one stinking board off. It was all I could do to get it off. I was a hot mess by the time I had the one board off. I could see the neighbors watching me and I am sure they were thinking what is this girl doing. Heck, I kept asking myself the same question. Anyway, the best way we could find to get the boards off was to take a crow bar and rubber mallet and just start hammering the crow bar under the nails. It would take a lot of swings, but the board would finally pop off of the pallet. We also had to keep in mind not to pull the board off too fast because it would crack the wood. Just remember slow and steady wins the race!

After all of our hard work we ended up with a pile of beautiful weathered wood! 


Step 1: I took (3) pieces of the pallet wood and laid them vertically. I tried to find three pieces that would line up together because some of the pallet pieces were very warped.

Step 2: I used a hacksaw to cut (2) smaller pieces of the pallet for the back of the sign. I cut them down to about 12" in length. 

Step 3: I glued the (2) small pieces and glued them horizontally to the back of the (3) pieces. I used Titebond wood glue to glue the pieces to the back of the sign. 

Step 4: I used finishing nails just to to give it a little extra support

Step 5: This is totally optional but I placed something heavy on the two pieces of wood that were glued on the back just to make sure the glue would dry to the wood.

*Also, I would recommend you let the sign dry for 24 hours before hanging it up.


I found these wooden birch  letters at Hobby Lobby. They were on sale for about a $1.05 and they are 5" in size.

 I spray painted them with Ruste-Oleum Gloss Fern color. Isn't fern the cutest name for a spray paint? I lined the letters up on the board before gluing them on. I have found it easiest to use chalk to mark where the letters go so I don't get them on glued on crooked. 


Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a cozy spot in your home where you can sit back and relax. 

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  1. So cute! I love pallet projects. Nice job.

  2. I found your blog from the facebook group Cafe Blogger! I love your blog as well as this project! The finished product looks great!

    Marie H.

  3. I love this project, that color is wonderful for summer :)

  4. This is really great. I would love it if you would link this up to my link party.


  5. That looks fantastic! What a great way to re-use and re-purpose.

    If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could share this post at my weekly Say G'day linky party. It's on now and this would make a fabulous addition!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  6. Cute cute sign. You will be featured at my party on Monday.


  7. Love your pallet sign! The pretty bright green letters make it so cheerful!
    I'm visiting today from CRAFT. I hope you get the chance to visit my blog, linkup and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Link Up Sat thru Friday @ DIY Showcase Link Party

  8. This is CUTE! I can't believe the transformation from an old pallet! I popped over from Home Stories A to Z--thanks so much for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  9. Found you from Tater Tots & Jello....love this!! I think "relax" is one of my favorite words. PInning. :)

  10. Love it! And love the green :)

    So glad you shared on Project Inspired, Melissa!



  11. I love your RELAX sign. The green letters really make it pop.

  12. This is so clever! I love it...Looks like a lot of hard work to create a "relax" sign, LOL!

  13. Love that your relax sign is so rustic and simple. I thought maybe you'd stain or paint the boards you put the letters on but glad you didn't. I need to make this sign. I go out to sit at table and before you know I'm down at shed looking at what boards we have to make something. Love the big green letters. I need to find those big ones so they'll show up. Great job on your sign, glad you shared the details. Happy Summer Now I need to go save the tutorial. Can't print out til next Wed. SS payday, finally after 5 weeks.

  14. I love your blog! Thanks for joining our Pinterest party. Your post is beautiful with perfect pins. See you next week I hope! ~Ann

  15. I love the rustic look of your sign with the "fern" green letters. Nicely done! Wish I had some pallet wood already "seasoned" to make one of these. I like the authentic aged look of the wood (like yours) & not the Pinterest version.

  16. Very cute! I hear you on the effort of taking pallets apart - I struggled with one months ago, and now my dad's brought me three more to play with. UGH.

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  18. Wonderful job - it was worth all the sweat and hard work by you and the handyman ;-)

    We are linking up awesome pallet projects at Empty Your Archive and I would totally love for you to share this - Alice @ Mums Make Lists



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