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Farmer’s Market Mini Palette Sign


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Fall is definitely in the air at my house.  Even though it’s still summer outside, I am enjoying making it fall inside.  I am working on some new fall decor and pulling out some of my old favorites.  Last year I finally built a mantle over my fireplace (another project that isn’t done yet, guess I should put it on my list).  But at least I have a surface to decorate for the seasons.  Since I finally had someplace to decorate I needed decorations.  And that’s how this farmer’s market mini palette sign was born.

I love the farmer's market and this easy mini palette sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.
I wanted some decorations to put up for fall and I wasn’t ready for pumpkins.  I use a lot of pumpkins in my Halloween and Thanksgiving decor so I didn’t want to pull them out already and be pumpkined out too early.  So when I though of what August and September meant, I thought farmer’s markets!  I never miss a week at the market during the early fall.  There is so much great produce to find and it’s not too hot to wander for hours.

I love the farmer's market and this easy mini palette sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

I also love the look of palettes, but obviously can’t put a big ol’ palette on my mantle, so I built a mini one!  It is so easy (and I built it last year before I was blogging and taking pictures of my process) that I don’t have pictures for you.  But I made a very simple diagram.  And it’s as easy as cutting your boards, attaching the 1x3s on to the top of the 1x2s with a little glue and a couple finishing nails.  I didn’t even have a nail gun last year when I built this, so I used a good ol’ hammer and nails.  After it is dried, you are ready for paint.

I love the farmer's market and this easy mini palette sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

I wanted it to have an aged look, like it had been sitting outside directing people to the market for years.  I did this by painting the whole thing with a creamy colored paint, thinned out with a little water so the wood grain would show through (not sure what color, just some I had left over from another project).  Then sanded that down around the edges and over the top in places.  Then, I used a dark stain on a rag and rubbed that over it in places, a little more sanding, and presto!

I love the farmer's market and this easy mini palette sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Now it was time for the stenciling.  I used my beloved Silhouette.  It is seriously one of those crafting tools I never new I couldn’t live without until I had it!  I designed the wording and then cut it out with some vinyl.  If you like how I designed my sign, you can download the Silhouette file in my library of free downloads for email subscribers.  Or have fun and create your own.

Place the vinyl on your mini palette and paint.  After I removed the vinyl, I got to sanding again.  I needed the words to look aged too or else it would look weird.  A little soft sanding with a heavier grit sand paper made the words look worn.  Then I gave it a quick spray with a clear coat spray paint and was ready to decorate!

I love the farmer's market and this easy mini palette sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

To finish off my fall decor last year, I made an apple sign, but since it got ruined, I made a new one this year and you can download it for free here.

Get ready for the beginning of fall with a fun apple decor printable from Houseful of Handmade.

And then I found this silly little squirrel nutcracker at World Market that I couldn’t resist.  Now I am well on my way to having the perfect fall mantle.  Maybe it will encourage me to finish the fireplace (but I need to muster up some gusto before I try my first tiling job).

I love the farmer's market and this easy mini palette sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

And while I was taking pictures outside, my kids had to get in on the fun.  Isn’t it great having cute little helpers?

I love the farmer's market and this easy mini palette sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

I love the farmer's market and this easy mini palette sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

Just a few more decorations and I will be ready to welcome in fall 🙂

I love the farmer's market and this easy mini palette sign is perfect for all decor. Tutorial from Houseful of Handmade.

**Update:  If you don’t have a Silhouette but want to try your best at making your own stencils, I have created some PDFs of the words.  They are not perfect PDFs because I had created the file in the Silhouette before I learned how to use Illustrator, and they will need to be pieced together because they are bigger than an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.  The PDFs and Silhouette cut files are available for download in my library of freebies for my email subscribers, sign up below.

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  4. Carol

    September 22, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I absolutely love this project!! Thanks so much for providing the file in a PDF format.

    1. Kati Farrer

      September 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks Carol, I hope the PDF file will work for you 😉

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    August 29, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Ok, now I really regret selling my Silouette! So inspiring Kati!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 30, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      You’ll just have to come borrow mine when you need it 🙂

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  8. Carole West @ Garden Up Green

    August 24, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Your sign is fantastic and I so want to learn how to make neat stencils so my signs will look great too. have to say your kids are cute too!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 24, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks Carole 🙂 I love using my Silhouette to make stencils out of vinyl because they stick nicely and make clean lines. And I can design anything for the stencil, the possibilities are endless!

  9. Lou Lou Girls

    August 24, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I’m just stopping by to let you know that your palette sign will be featured at our party tonight at 7 pm. Woo Hoo! I hope to see you there because we love to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂 You guys are so sweet to feature my sign.

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    August 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Ahhhh, who would have thought a mini palette (I didn’t even know they existed!) could become any cuter, but your little fall stencils did just that! Thanks for sharing your files too. You are my featured pick at this week’s Merry Monday AND this was the most popular post from last week! Congrats! We hope you’ll join us again this week! 🙂

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Christine. Mini palettes don’t really exist, I just built one because the big one was too big for what I wanted but I like the look of a palette. Super easy to build and now I have the cutest decoration. Thanks for the feature 🙂

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  21. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    August 22, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    This is so cute! I am wishing for a Silhouette or something like it! My aunt has a Cricut and we’ve been using it for a lot of DIY’s for my wedding. Having a tool like that is life changing!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 23, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Agreed Jenna, my Silhouette has been life changing. I find new ways to use it all the time. I hope you get one soon 🙂

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    August 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Love this sign and just wanted to let you know that it will be featured on the Merry Monday party this Sunday. Also, would love if you joined as a contributor to my DIY: Fun Crafty Ideas on Pinterest.

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 21, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you so much Erlene! I would love to join your Pinterest board.

  24. Deb

    August 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    This is adorable, I love how you made this!

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  26. Christy @ Our Southern Home

    August 21, 2015 at 6:13 am

    What an adorable sign! Thanks for joining Inspiration Monday!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 21, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you Christy! And thanks for featuring my sign on your blog today, you picked some really awesome projects and I’m so thankful you included me in that 🙂

  27. Sherry

    August 20, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    The sign is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Your palette is featured at this week’s party:-)

  28. Christine @ Must Love Home

    August 20, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Hello Gorgeous!! This is fantastic! You have been pinned,tweeted and shared on Facebook! Your post will be featured this week on the Friday Favorites Link Party at Mustlovehome.com. Come by the party tonight and see your feature and share another of your favorite posts! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing my project Christine! I’ll see you tonight.

  29. Laura @ Over The Apple Tree

    August 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    This is such a cute idea. I want one! Fall is definitely my favorite season. School starts here in early August here so I figure if I’m buying school supplies it must be fall already!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 19, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      Yeah, school started here today so it must be Fall! Maybe I’ll make pumpkin waffles for breakfast now 🙂

  30. Jenn Porter

    August 19, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Do you have this in a PDF form? I love it can’t open the link for the Silhouette.

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Hello Jenn, you do have to have the Silhouette software for the file to work. I did just add an update at the bottom of the post with some PDFs. They are not perfect, but they should be helpful. Let me know if they work for you. I would love to see pictures of your finished project.

  31. Megin

    August 19, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Love this! I adore all the different fonts {swoon}.

    I sooo need an e-cutter. “Dear Santa….”

    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week!

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    1. Kati Farrer

      August 19, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Hello Megin! I hope Santa comes through for you, having customer cut vinyl in minutes is heaven for a creative type! Thanks again for the feature, you are the sweetest!

  32. Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen

    August 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I am totally with you on not getting pumpkined out too early! I love this sign and the Squirrel nut cracker!!!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 19, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Chandra! I just couldn’t pass up that quirky squirrel. I was a little afraid it would scare the kids, but they are more than happy to use him to crack open their peanuts 🙂

  33. Julie | Small Green Kitchen

    August 18, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    This mini palette sign is adorable, Kati! I’m with you – it’s still hot as heck here in Florida but I am ready for the cooler weather to arrive and I’m ready for fall! 🙂

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 19, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks Julie! We’ve had a couple days this week were it didn’t get above 80, it was heaven 🙂

  34. Donna Wirthlin

    August 18, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Very nice! Love the pallet and the Apple printable. Hope you will share at our party, too. #OMHGWW
    http://twochicksandamom.blogspot.com/2015/08/it-is-time-for-another-fantastic-oh-my.html

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Hello Donna! I’m glad you like my fall decor. I’ll have to come by to see your party 🙂

  35. Jessica

    August 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Absolutely love this!! Can’t wait for fall! Here visiting from Craftastic Monday!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 19, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you Jessica! I’m glad you stopped by 🙂

  36. Katie

    August 18, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I love your sign Kati!! Beautiful job (and your kids are adorable). Can’t wait for fall 🙂

    Katie

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks so much Katie! I’m happy you are not bugged by me showing off the kids, yeah, I’m a proud mama 🙂

  37. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    August 17, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Love this palette sign! What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 18, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Thank you Lorelai! I’ll definitely see you again on Thursday 🙂

  38. Shirley Wood

    August 17, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I’m telling Santa that I want a Silhouette! Love your sign. It’s one of the best projects I’ve seen done with pallet wood. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 18, 2015 at 10:40 am

      I hope Santa brings you one! It’s one of my go to DIY tools. The possibilities are endless!

  39. Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    August 17, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Your fabulous palette sign caught my eye at the Something To Talk About party. So stink’n cute! Pinned 🙂

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 18, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Thanks Marie! I’m glad you stopped by 🙂

  40. Erin @ the-organized-life

    August 17, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Kati! This is SO adorable! Love, love, love! We just put in a fireplace 2 years ago, and I’m always looking for ways to decorate it for the season. Pinning for sure. Thanks for sharing…

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 18, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Thanks Erin! Isn’t it fun to finally have a fireplace to decorate. I’ve had the fireplace for 10 years now, but just built a mantle last year so I am having so much fun with it!

  41. Jeanette

    August 16, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    That is just adorable! Pinning this for future inspiration!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 16, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you Jeanette! I’m glad you like it 🙂

  42. Kim @The Baking ChocolaTess

    August 16, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Love it! What an awesome market sign you made! Pinning!

  43. Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod

    August 16, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Love your beautiful market sign! It absolutely encompasses Fall. We discovered you by way of Refresh Restyle’s link party.

  44. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

    August 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I’m still drooling over your sign! I’m making plans to make myself one of these! What fonts did you use for “farmers” and “fresh eggs”?

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Hello Heather. I used Harrington for the Farmers and Adobe Ming Std for the Fresh Eggs. I have no clue where I found these fonts cause I have been adding ones I like for so many years now, but I am sure a quick search will help you find them. I would love to see pictures of your sign when you are done 🙂

  45. Megan

    August 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I love this sign!!! I may need to make something similar with my two pallets (that have been dying for something!) and custom make it to fit what we grow. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks Megan. I think it would be great to make personalize it to what you are growing. I’d love to see pictures of how it turns out 🙂

  46. Brooke

    August 14, 2015 at 7:08 am

    What a darling sign. It looks so professional how you cut the letters out with the sillouette. It makes a darling early fall decoration. Love it, thanks for sharing.

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 14, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Brooke! I love using my Silhouette to make stencils for painting. I use it all the time 🙂

  47. Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life

    August 13, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I love vintage style signage and this has to be one of the nicest ones I have seen, I am thinking I need to make one like this for my garden.

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 14, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      This would be so cute in a garden. And then it would get more aged and beautiful!

  48. Cheryl

    August 13, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I love this sign also!! Great job!! Visiting from Must Love Home.

    1. Kati Farrer

      August 14, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks! I am glad you stopped by 🙂

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