November 4, 2013

Pallet Sign Tutorial

After spotting it on Pinterest last year, I knew I wanted to use this Emily Bronte quote on something this year.  It speaks to exactly how I feel about Fall...

My husband grabbed a few pallets from a dumpster and he created the rectangle for me by removing the pallet planks and connecting them with 2 pieces of pallet wood across the back.  We left the wood unpainted as I wanted the sign to feel weathered and rustic.

Next, I created a graphic on Picmonkey of the quote.  After that, I used Block Posters to enlarge the image.  Both programs are user friendly and FREE!!  

To transfer the image onto the pallet, I covered the back of the paper with the printed image with white chalk.  Make sure the whole surface is covered.  Then, just place the graphic on the wood (chalk side facing wood) and trace over each letter with a pen (applying enough pressure so the chalk will stay).  I was amazed at how well this worked.  And how easy it was.  

I then went over the chalk writing with a Sharpie oil based paint pen.  I used a leaf stencil to paint on the leaves and that was it.

This was my very first pallet sign project, but it certainly won't be my last.  I am planning another one for Christmas.


  1. How pretty! I just came across your blog and love your decorating style. :)

  2. Looks amazing Courtney! And thanks for a tutorial that I can do! I've been looking for a way to transfer that was easy and never heard of the chalk idea. Thanks for the tip!

    1. Hi Kim!! So great to hear from you :) The chalk transfer was so easy, much easier than I thought it would be. Definitely give it a try!
      Have a great week,

  3. Oh that is so lovely and it appears easy enough.
    Thanks for sharing, I really do love it!

  4. I love how your pallet sign turned out Courtney. I'm going to try a Christmas one soon. Such a great focal point:)

  5. Thanks for sharing your pallet art! AND thanks for sharing how you used Block Posters….never heard of it. Gonna give it a try.
    Have a great day.