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 farmers market mini pallet sign was born.
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 farmers 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 also love the look of pallets, but obviously can’t put a big ol’ pallet on my mantle, so I built a mini one! It was so easy. This whole project can easily be done in a day (maybe two cause you have to wait for paint to dry) and you will be ready for fall! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
How to Make a Farmers Market Mini Pallet Sign
- 2 1×3 boards at 8′ long
- 1 1×2 boards @ 6′ long
- Brad nailer & 1 1/4″ long nails or hammer & 1 1/4″ long finishing nails
- Creamy white paint
- Dark stain
- This is a great project to use up left over paint and stain on
- Heavy grit sandpaper
- Black and red craft paint
- Clear top-coat spray
- Vinyl cutting machine
- If you do not have a cutting machine, I also included a PDF of the stencils in my library
- 4 12″ x 24″ pieces of non-permanent vinyl
- 4 12″ x 24″ vinyl transfer paper
- You can also buy vinyl and transfer paper in large rolls
I built my mini pallet last year before I was blogging and taking pictures of my process so I don’t have step-by-step pictures for you. Instead, I made a very simple diagram.
Cut 8 20″ boards from the 1x3s and 2 24″ boards from the 1x2s. Attach the 1x3s onto the top of the 1x2s according to the diagram above. Ensure they are flush with the outer edge and the top and bottom boards are flush at the top and bottom. Use a wood glue and a couple 1 1/4″ finishing nails on each 1×3 to secure it to the 1x2s. I didn’t even have a nail gun last year when I built this, so I used a good ol’ hammer and nails.
Let the bleu dry, then you are ready for paint. To give it a rustic look, leave the wood unsanded.
I wanted my farmers market sign to have an aged look, like it had been sitting outside directing people to the market for years. To do this, start by painting the whole thing with a creamy colored paint, thinned out with a little water so the wood grain will show through (not sure what color I used, just some I had left over from another project). Then using a heavy grit sand paper, sand around the edges and over the top in places. Finally, use a dark stain on a rag and rub it over the white paint in random places. Finish with a little more sanding, and presto, a weathered looking pallet sign.
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! Cut out stencils for the different categories out of the non-permanent vinyl. You should be able to get 2-3 stencils on each sheet of 12×24″ vinyl. If you like how I designed my sign, I am sharing the Silhouette cut file for the stencils in my library of free downloads & printables for my email subscribers (click here to subscribe). Or have fun and design your own.
Using the transfer sheets, place the vinyl on your mini pallet. Ensure it is pressed down well and paint black or red over the top of the stencil with your craft paint. To get clean lines with your stencils, do not pull the paint across the stencil, but press it down onto the wood.
After the paint is dry, remove the vinyl. Sand again with a heavy grit sand paper to give the words an aged look (or it will look weird). Then give it a quick spray with a clear top-coat spray to protect all your hard work. Now it is ready for display!
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 in the library of free downloads too (click here to subscribe)!
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).
And while I was taking pictures outside, my kids had to get in on the fun. Isn’t it great having cute little helpers?
Just a few more decorations and I will be ready to welcome in fall 🙂
**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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