On a whim, a new friend asked me if I could make her a sign on a pallet. "Sure! I can do that." She had a vision but was also willing to let me do my thing. Really, in the end all she specified was the wording "Make Jesus Famous." This was going to be a statement piece for sure.
At first, I thought I couldn't do this statement justice, but then I put on my DIY pants and well, was really happy with the final product. I actually LOVE it...and so does my friend. The simplicity of the wood "pallet" with such a strong statement work so well together.
( I made this sign without the intention of posting about it, so my tutorial photos are a little lacking...but I also have this post about making a sign you can check out)
- Tarp/drop cloth for protecting surface
- 1" x 12" Pine boards. One 6' board should yield you the three pieces you need.
- Firring strips or 1 x 4 pine boards. You need 3 28" long pieces.
- 18 1 1/2 wood screws
- Minwax stain in Jacobean (or a natural stain like my Apple Cider Vinegar Wood Stain)
- Paint brush and cloth for stain
- Sanding block or sanding tool (I use a Dremel)
- Silhouette Cameo
- Vinyl and transfer paper
- Burnishing tool
- Stencils (one in cursive and one in block lettering) from the Craft store.
- Americana decor chalky finish in Everlasting ( or Multi-Surface in white)
- Deft Wood Finishing Spray or American Creme Wax
- I created vinyl stencils in Silhouette Design Studio
- I am totally font challenged. I used this Font Pairing tutorial from The Girl Creative to assist with my font pairings.
- The "Make: and "Famous" are in Pacifico font, size 357
- The "Jesus" font is in Couture, size 392
- I cut my stencils, weeded them, and applied transfer tape.
- You can also use stencils found in a craft store - just mix a cursive font with a more block font.
- Cut the pine 1x12 boards into 24" lengths
- Cut the firring strips into 28" lengths (you need three)
- Stain all the boards and firring strips. Wipe and let dry.
- Determine how you want your boards to look (based on knot holes, distinctive grain, etc.)
- Flip the boards over, keeping them in the order you desire.
- Place the 3 strips on the back, one centered, and one on each side, about 4" in from each side.
- Screw the strips to the boards. I used 2 screws in each board.
- Sand the edges slightly.
- Place the words.
- I found the center of the board, and slightly raised the lettering (about 1/4-1/2')
- I applied the stencil to the board.
- Using the Chalky Finish paint and a pouncer, apply the paint. I applied about 3 coats.
- Let dry and remove the vinyl stencil.
- THIS PHOTO IS NOT FROM THIS PROJECT BUT YOU CAN SEE THE PROCESS OF APPLY THE VINYL STENCIL
|THIS IS NOT FROM THIS PROJECT BUT YOU CAN SEE THE PROCESS OF APPLY THE VINYL STENCIL|
- I personally felt it was not distressed enough and lacking a bit of character. I used a wide brush and a dry-brushing method and ran strokes of paint (LIGHTLY) all across the signs, leaving heavier areas in the corners and creases.
- Let dry thoroughly.
- Sand all over, especially the edges.
- I like to use the "tip/point" or my dremel and run it through the letters for extra character.
- Wipe clean.
- Spray with a clear coat or wax.
All done...time to make a statement!
I love this Sunshine Pallet I made a few years ago...you might too!