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

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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
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  7. Ana Burton

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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
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  9. Carole West @ Garden Up Green

    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!

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      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!

      Reply
  10. Lou Lou Girls

    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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
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  16. Christine | Where The Smiles Have Been

    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! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      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 🙂

      Reply
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  22. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    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!

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
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  24. Erlene

    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.

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  25. Deb

    This is adorable, I love how you made this!

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thank you Deb 🙂

      Reply
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  27. Christy @ Our Southern Home

    What an adorable sign! Thanks for joining Inspiration Monday!

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      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 🙂

      Reply
  28. Sherry

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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thanks you Sherry!

      Reply
  29. Christine @ Must Love Home

    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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  30. Laura @ Over The Apple Tree

    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!

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  31. Jenn Porter

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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      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.

      Reply
  32. Megin

    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!

    ~ Megin of VMG206

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      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!

      Reply
  33. Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen

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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      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 🙂

      Reply
  34. Julie | Small Green Kitchen

    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! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  35. Donna Wirthlin

    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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  36. Jessica

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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  37. Katie

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

    Katie

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  38. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  39. Shirley Wood

    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.

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  40. Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thanks Marie! I’m glad you stopped by 🙂

      Reply
  41. Erin @ the-organized-life

    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…

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      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!

      Reply
  42. Jeanette

    That is just adorable! Pinning this for future inspiration!

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  43. Kim @The Baking ChocolaTess

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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thanks so much Kim 🙂

      Reply
  44. Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod

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

    Reply
  45. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

    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”?

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      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 🙂

      Reply
  46. Megan

    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!

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      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 🙂

      Reply
  47. Brooke

    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.

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  48. Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life

    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.

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

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

      Reply
  49. Cheryl

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

    Reply
    1. Kati Farrer (Post author)

      Thanks! I am glad you stopped by 🙂

      Reply

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