Pallet Signs and the Silhouette Challenge

It's that time again! Silhouette Challenge time! This month's theme was all about home decor. Which is very appropriate since I just moved into my new home. Do you know I don't even have one thing hanging on my wall yet? I just can't decide what sort of style I am leaning towards. Anyway I had two big events coming up (Signature Finishes opening and Brimfield) where I needed to create some pallet signs to sell. So I thought I would share those with you this month. 

DIY Pallet Signs

I've been pretty obsessed with making signs these days. I think its the combination of picking out the sayings or image thats going to be used and actually painting. I work on the computer all day I love to come home and be hands on with tools or painting. It really is therapeutic. 

assembling a pallet sign

I start first by cutting down the pallets. Which you can read about that process here. Once I have the pallet cut down I lay out pieces that sort of fit together and cut them down to a manageable size. 

Update: I was told about two other products that make dismantling a pallet easy and don't require power tools. Pallet Buster and Deck Wrecker (affiliate links). Now they are a bit more expensive than a crow bar and a hammer but are worth checking out if you are going to be taking apart pallets a lot. 

nail gun
backing on the pallet sign

Once the pallets are cut down. I use the scrap pieces as the backing or the support. Tip: When you are nailing the support pieces don't nail straight down into the wood always nail at an angle and then nail next nail at a different angle. This will insure that you can't just pull the support piece off. I found when I nailed the support piece straight over time or if you dropped the sign the backing could come loose. 

cutting vinyl on a silhouette

Now when cutting vinyl I have always found that I have the most success when I cut on a mat. So for pallet signs I decided to buy the 12x24 mat. I bought it about 2 months ago and I have used it more than my actual 12x12 mat! Only thing is you need to clear enough space on your work table to allow the mat to go through each side of the cameo (about 4 feet)

Painting Pallet Signs
Deer Pallet Signs

There are two different ways to make pallet signs. You can either paint the wood before stenciling or you can paint the wood with the stencil. I tend to do both. I actually hand place the  vinyl most of the time so I can use the excess image as a second stencil. For example the deer above. Vinyl prices can add up so why not get the most use out of one cut.

Stenciling multiple Pallet Signs

When I am making a large amount of signs I lay all the vinyl down on the wood first and then paint them all at the same time. 

Stenciling Pallet Signs

I use a small 1 inch brush from Harbor Freight. Try not yo over saturate your brush you can always do a second coat incase you need it. Once the paint is dry (about 20-30 mins) peel back the vinyl. You may need to do a few touch ups but for the most part you will get crisp lines!

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! Our Sons & Daughters Wood Shims and Word Art Simple DIY Canvas Art Pallet Signs Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves Make a Personalized Scarecrow DIY Wall Art for the Bathroom Decoupaged Fall Leaves Lampshade Gimme A F.A.L.L! Eat SOMETHING Sweet Baby Love Quilt Big Reveal Sketching Inspiration for my little Dancer - September Silhouette Challenge Family Feature Presentation Wall Art Last Unicorn Shadow Box Makin' my office a little more artsy fartsy Family Command Center DIY Grandparents Sign with Photo Frame Dream Big Little Girl Canvas Art Fall Pallet Sign {Grateful, Thankful, Blessed} Pumpkins and Apples Sign Handmade Freezer Paper Cloth Napkins
1. The Moberg Family // 2. Sandpaper and Glue // 3. American Honey // 4. Weekend Craft // 5. Grey Luster Girl // 6. From Wine to Whine // 7. Cutesy Crafts // 8. Practically Functional // 9. Home At Eight // 10. McCall Manor // 11. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 12. Adventures in All Things Food // 13. Create it. Go! // 14. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 15. The Outlandish Momma // 16. The Sensory Emporium // 17. My Paper Craze // 18. unOriginal Mom // 19. My Favorite Finds // 20. Architecture of a Mom // 21. Black and White Obsession //

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