My wife Erika picked these letters up before our daughter was born a little over a year ago. She got them painted and planned on putting them up on the wall. That never happened so it became my task to turn them into a “pallet” sign.
This project is super easy and could be done very fast and with little to no cost.
Things You’ll Need:
- A pallet. (You’ll only need one pallet unless you are making a giant sign, then you’ll have to figure that out.)
- Letters. (You can either do what my wife did and purchase a few letters from a local hobby store or you can make your own. If you want to do it on the cheap, you could just cut out letters from a section of pallet wood or even paint them directly onto the board as seen in this project.)
- Backer board. (If you have any scrap lying around just use that. Optionally, you could use some other slats left over from the pallet. The backer board is really just to help hold everything together. I used some 1/4″ hard board which was really just some left over wainscoting.)
- *Paint. (You’ll probably want a color for your letters and maybe some black for painting the backer board so you don’t see the cracks in between the boards.)
- *Craft Paper. (I put some craft paper on the back of my sign to help protect my walls from the back side of the screws.)
- *Hanging Hardware. (If you plan on hanging it on a wall, you’ll have to figure something out on the cheap or spend a few bucks and get some hardware at a store.)
- *Glue. (I used some liquid nails because that’s what I had and it is a pretty good gap filler. I’m sure you could use other types of glue and maybe even no glue but I wouldn’t be banging it around with no glue holding it together.)
At this point the sign is pretty much done. Actually, if you aren’t going to hang it up then it is done. I, however, am going to be hanging it up, so I have a few more steps. I covered the back with some craft paper to help protect my newly painted walls from getting damaged by the screw heads. The paper I had was over sized so I just sprayed the back with some spray adhesive and stuck the paper on. After it was dry I cut it to size with a utility knife. The only thing left before hanging it up is to give it some hardware to hang on. I picked up some simple hangers at the big box store. After measuring and marking the same distance form the top and sides, I screwed it onto the back.
Unless you have some other kind of decorating to do, you should be all done and have a great looking sign. So now the hard part.. finding the perfect place to hang it. This particular sign made it over my daughter’s window.