Here is the next post in my wedding “mini-series,” as I’m calling it. We had a rustic theme for our wedding, so I wanted to include some pallet signs with pretty, hand-written letters. Unfortunately, I am by no means capable of writing in delicate, script hand-writing, and especially not on a large-scale project with a paint brush. As you can see though, I didn’t let that stop me! Here’s what I did:
Blank pallet signs*
Tape (I used masking tape, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
Paint and brushes
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*As much as I wish I could take credit for disassembling the pallets and putting them back together, I can’t. All that credit goes to my dad! That being said, this tutorial won’t include instructions on how to make the blank pallet signs. (You can buy some here though!)
1.Obviously you’ll first have to decide what you’re using your sign for, and what it will say. Next, find a font that you like in some kind of word processing program, and make that font huge. I’m talking big enough to fit 2-3 words on a page, meaning each word will be couple inches tall. It may helpful to set the page to ‘landscape’ to avoid breaking up big words. Feel free to play with the size of your font, and don’t be afraid to print out a couple test pages just to make sure that you’re completely happy. Once the size and font are just right, print out all the pages. (I changed the color of the ink to a light gray to save ink, especially for my test pages!)
2. Now that the hardest step is over, you get to move into the crafty steps! Cut each word apart, and tape together long words that got broken up on the page. Arrange your words on the blank pallet sign so that it looks balanced, and tape the top part of the paper to the pallet. If you are using uneven boards or rough wood, you may want to be aware of how you place your words before moving on to the next steps. It can be difficult to get the transfer paper to work correctly over nails, dents, and cracks in the wood. (Check out the photo below to see what I’m talking about)
3. You will now take your pen and transfer paper, and begin transferring the outline of each letter onto the pallet. To do so, slide the transfer paper under the first word, so that the transfer paper is between the paper and the pallet, with the transfer side facing the pallet. Trace the outline of each letter individually, and check at the end of each word that it transferred correctly to the pallet. Each time you finish tracing a word, it will be tempting to take the paper off, but I would recommend leaving it on so you can refer to it in the next step if need be.
4.Once you have completed the tedious work of tracing the outline of each letter, all that’s left to do is fill in each letter with paint! You may find it helpful to have 3-4 different brushes available, just in case certain nuances in the font require a different brush. Work though each word, the same as you did when tracing. I found it helpful to peel off the paper word and place it close by for reference, just in case there was spot where the transfer paper did not show up clearly enough for me to see where to paint.
Some tips for making your pallet sign:
Be choosy about how long your phrase is- each letter gets more tedious as you go along
Don’t worry too much about staying perfectly in the lines when painting- no one will be looking that close
Take breaks- its easy to become bored and get sloppy, and its not worth rushing through
Scripty fonts can be more challenging to trace an outline, so choose your font wisely
Leave some space around the edge for painting on cute embellishments
Choosing a darker paint color on lighter wood will help your words to pop.