A leftover pallet from our renovation turned into a home sign and planter in one.
Last week I posted that I had inherited a few items from our home renovation, and one of them was a pallet I snatched before they threw it in the dump truck.
My inspiration came from an older post from The Inspired Room blog and a Pinterest Pin from Palletfurnitureplans.com
I combined the two inspirations from these pins into my own version of a pallet sign and garden planter to come up with this.
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Pallet Sign and Planter All In One
For this project you will need:
- Spray Paint
- Cans from your recycle bin
- Acrylic Paints
- Flowers of your choice
- Templates for the design
The whole project was fairly simple and I completed it about half a day, which includes drying time on two coats of paint.
First I spray painted the rough pallet with Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover in Seaside, gloss finish. The pallet needed two coats of spray paint to cover the front and edges of the pallet. I left the back side unfinished mainly because I ran out of spray paint, and it allows me to remake the pallet in the future if I decide on having a double themed pallet sign.
Next I created the flower pattern using a glass bowl as a template for the center of the flower.
I then traced around two smaller glass bowls to make the shape of the petals.
You will just need to trace the outer edges of the two bowls, the top one slighter larger than the bottom bowl, and then connect a line to the edges with a ruler. Easy peasy template for a flower petal. You can also use paper cups in different sizes or whatever else you may have on hand to create the pattern for the petals.
After that I cut out the pattern and used the first bowl and then petal template to trace a design onto the pallet.
I used acrylic craft paints to fill in the design of the flowers. It took two coats of paint for each flower.
Adding the family name and date
I added the family name and established date by following other ideas found on Pinterest to transfer designs to wood signs.
I created the the design in Word and printed it out on my ink jet printer.
Next I used a soft pencil to trace over the words on the back of the paper. I then attached the paper with painters tape to the pallet, and used a ball point pen to deeply trace over the pattern of the words. This transferred the pencil residue on the back of the design to the pallet for a template to follow with acrylic paint.
There are many other ways to transfer print to wood signs, some that are much easier than this, but this is what I had on hand this weekend so this is the method I used. Honestly, I struggled with this method, so I opted not to include pictures of the process on this post for now. I strongly suggest doing more research on Pinterest to find a method that works best for you.
Making the flower pots
The cans were from my recycling bin that I punched holes in the bottom with a nail and hammer, and used a can opener to pry open a slot in the top side of the can. I then spray painted the cans in Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover in Key Lime, gloss finish.
These were easy to hang on the sign on nails hammered into the pallet wood. Now they are easy to remove and change out the flowers with the season.
I opted not to apply a sealant to the sign at this time because I may come back later and use sand paper to make the sign a little more rustic, or just wait and see what the weather naturally does to it.
I also painted the other side of this pallet in a winter theme that you can read about here.
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony.” Psalm 133:1