DIY these adorable mini pallet boards and make your own Christmas Pallet Sign for Day 2 of the 12 Crafts of Christmas.
This fun project has endless opportunities. Pallet board signs are trending right now, with simple art, quotes, and paints being displayed. Usually, these are large wall signs, but those aren’t as easy to pack away at the end of the holidays as a small sign. And since you don’t need Christmas decor floating around like a lost ship all year round waiting for its turn to be displayed again, this tutorial is for fun-sized pallet board signs. That can be packed up after Christmas with the rest of your decorations.
Christmas Pallet Sign Supplies Needed
1 Pack of Wood Slats (craft section)
2 Paint Stir Sticks
Step 1: Dry Fit the Pieces
The first you’ll want to do is a dry fit of the wood slats to see how many will fit on your paint sticks. Lay down your 2 paint sticks so that they are an even spacing apart. Spread your wood slats across the top of the paint sticks. Ideally, there will be a slight gap between the slats.
Step 2: Glue The Slats and Sticks
Once you’ve determined your pattern, use a pencil to mark the position of the paint sticks on the back of the wood slats. Then glue the wood slats onto the paint sticks. I used cement glue, but it did not adhere properly. I ended up going back and using a hot glue gun to glue the wood slats together after the pallet had fallen apart.
Step 3: Whitewash The Sign
With a large flat brush, paint all of the boards with white paint. It can be done lightly to let the wood grain show through and give a whitewash look. Or you can use lots of white paint for a solid white look. If you’re up for the challenge, you could even add distress marks and sand some areas for a rustic and aged look.
Step 4: Sketch Your Design
Sketch out the drawing you want to paint on your sign. If you’re writing a quote on your sign, you’ll still want to lightly sketch the words so you can see how it will look on your board. Then you can adjust the letter spacing if needed.
Step 5: Paint Your Picture
Flex your creative muscle and get to work on your Christmas pallet sign masterpiece. You could spend a long time doing something elaborate. Or you can stick to a simple design or quote for a quick craft that will still be a great gift.
If you’re working on a quote there are a few ways to do them. If you have the resources you can make the quote up in vinyl and adhere them to your Christmas pallet sign. Another idea is to add sticker letters to form your quote, paint over them, then remove the stickers for permanent words. You can also use handwrite the quote onto the sign with paint for a personal touch.
Now you can admire your handiwork! Add a hanging hook or rope to the back of your sign to turn it into wall art. Or leave it as is and it can be propped up for display.
I would love to see how yours turned out! Send me an email, leave a comment, or tag me on social media (inspireddecorator) to show me your piece of art. This home decor craft is simple and great for all ages. The Christmas pallet sign tutorial can be followed to create wood signs for other holidays or wall art too.