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Farmers Market Mini Pallet Sign

An easy to build farmers market sign is the perfect decor for early fall.

Fall is definitely in the air at my house. Even though it’s still summer outside, I am enjoying making it fall inside.

Last year I finally built a mantle over my fireplace , so now I have the perfect place to decorate for the seasons. Since I finally had someplace to decorate I needed decorations.

And this farmers market mini pallet sign is just what it needs! Build a mini pallet that can be painted to look like a vintage farmers market sign.

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I love the farmers market and this easy farmers market mini pallet sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from

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 love the farmers market and this easy farmers market mini pallet sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from

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! 

I love the farmers market and this easy farmers market mini pallet sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from

How to Make a Fall Pallet Sign

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STEP 1- Build the Mini Pallet

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 below. 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.

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

Let the glue dry, then you are ready for paint. To give it a rustic look, leave the wood unsanded.

STEP 2- Paint and Antique the Pallet

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.

I love the farmers market and this easy farmers market mini pallet sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from

STEP 3- Stencil the Farmers Market Design

Now it was time for the stenciling. I used my much loved Silhouette Cameo. It is seriously one of those DIY tools I never new I couldn’t live without until I had it!

Cut out stencils for the different categories out of vinyl. You should be able to get 2-3 stencils on each sheet of 12×24 vinyl.

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!

I love the farmers market and this easy farmers market mini pallet sign is perfect for fall decor. Tutorial from

Now I am well on my way to having the perfect fall mantle. Maybe it will encourage me to finish the fireplace.

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

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati


Saturday 2nd of October 2021

I LOVE THIS PALLET SIGN!! How do I look into buying the DIY kit? Mostly I'm more interested in the stencils....hubby is a pro carpenter and loves to buy and play with wood.....I don't have a Cricut yet.....please let me know how I can buy this....Many thanks for such amazing projects and DIY's you are so very talented and skilled !!!


Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

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

Kati Farrer

Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

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

Ana Burton

Saturday 29th of August 2015

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

Kati Farrer

Sunday 30th of August 2015

You'll just have to come borrow mine when you need it :)

Carole West @ Garden Up Green

Monday 24th of August 2015

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!

Kati Farrer

Monday 24th of August 2015

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!

Lou Lou Girls

Monday 24th of August 2015

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

Kati Farrer

Monday 24th of August 2015

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

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