I've got a super easy DIY today that just requires a little time, and a few items. Some of which you can gather for FREE!
I wanted to make these super cute pallet wood signs for a while now, and waited until the weather was better so I could do them outside. We were super lucky to have a house build up the road from us, and so managed to gather all the pallets for FREE! (Please always ask before you take anything from another property! A friendly note and quick explanation of what you want the item for should be enough)
Grab your pallets, cut the wood to size and give the front a good sanding. It's really important to make the side you will be painting as smooth as possible, not only will it save your poor fingers from splinters, it also make it so much easier to paint onto!
When you've got wood, grab a pair of scissors, masking tape, some printer paper and a pen (I found a biro worked best, but a strong pencil will also work)
Yes, we even made our outside table from pallets!
Work out what wording you would like on your sign, and print it out. Don't worry if it goes over more than one page, we will be cutting it up anyway. The font is completely up to you, and I changed the font depending on the words that were being written, as well as where it was going to be shown.
Cut your words out and tape them to your pallet wood. Remember that if your word goes over more than one page, you will need to align the letters so there isn't a big gap between them.
Just tape the words so they don't move around, it also gives you an idea of what your final sign will look like, and if you need to adjust the sizing or positioning of your words.
Next is the time consuming part, grab your biro or hard pencil, and draw around each letter.
Make sure you press really hard into the wood, depending on the wood used for the pallet this will either be fairly easy, or really hard. It made my hand hurt but it's worth it! Trace around each letter, following the lines of your print out.
I know it's difficult to see, but there is an indentation where i've traced around the 'S'. It's worth checking each letter after it's done, so that you don't have to re-stick the paper down.
Then simply follow primary school art class and paint inside the lines!
Ta Dah! One finished sign!
I've added little staples and ribbon to hang mine up by, but you can use any fixing you like.
I made this one for my birthday!
This one was for a hen do I was organising, hence the neon colours! It went really well with the festival theme.
This directed people to our secret den, which is also made from pallets!
This sign was on the bar, which you guessed it, we made from pallets!
The tassels are added on a separate string to the sign, but poke out the bottom looking so cute!
This is another sign from the hen do, I wish I had taken photo's of it as soon as it was finished, I left it out in the rain and so the glitter has moved slightly onto the black lettering, but it still sparkles!
I would love to see what you guys make with the tutorial! Send your images to email@example.com