Monday, February 11, 2013

Pallet Wood Sign Ideas

Lately, I've been making different pallet wood signs and chalkboards for the craft show I entered. It seems like I've already made a lot of signs, but I have a long way to go still. Just wanted to share a bit of what I have up until now.




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Apparently I need to add some videos or something, so I was debating adding a video of a pallet wood sign today. The comment was never actually posted under "How to Age Books" so I searched for the blog, and it wasn't there. Has anyone else gotten email like this?  So any way I guess the blog won't have "pop" anytime soon.


On our way home from my Grandma's house, we spotted some old shelving in someone's trash in need of a home, and my mom couldn't resist. Even though the people inside the house were peeking out the widows the whole time. We cut the wood up and made chalkboards, so they were basically free, except for the paint.


I really liked this saying!


This is one of my mom's favorite Psalms (139).
Any one have any tips on selling at craft shows? This is my first one and any advice would be greatly appreciated! Just no weird ones please.


I did all the small pallet signs free-hand, because I am too lazy to make some stencils.


I saw a dandelion vinyl decal somewhere on Google images and I turned it into an idea for a pallet sign. I did the drawing first in sharpie and then painted over it. If you want to see other pallet art check out these posts here and here in actual rooms.


Another one of our to do list chalkboards.



This is my favorite pallet sign so far. We got the idea from La Famille. I also found another copycat sign at The Winthrop Chronicles. I hope these signs are an inspiration! If you would like to see a tutorial on how I made a sign check it out here.

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52 comments:

  1. These are too cute! What a wonderful use of pallets.

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  2. These are look amazing~ Love how unique each one is!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  3. You're an artist'! Lovely work. Do you have a smart phone? How about a Square? Those are little credit card processors that allow you to accept credit cards and they only charge 2.75%. No monthly fee. You're only charged when you use it. Great to have for those without cash!
    Good luck!
    Barbara

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    1. Thanks! I am actually planning on purchasing a square!

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  4. Wow! Cute signs - your freehand writing is impressive. Love the dandelion! With regards to your "anonymous" comment....I've had several similar ones, they don't make sense and there's never a blog to see when I try. I'm pretty sure they're SPAM of some sort and I mark them that way so they stop coming. Good luck with your craft show :)

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    1. Thanks! I'll make sure to mark that message.

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  5. I love them ALL! :) Wow. How do you do the cursive ones? I'm so impressed!

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    1. Thank you! The cursive and the writing on the smaller signs are all done freehand. Until I find a better way of painting them, that's what I'll stick with!

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  6. I love them all too! The dandelion one is so beautiful, but I'm with your mom on the fearfully and wonderfully made!

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  7. The Dandiloins is my favorite but all of these are lovely

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  8. All of your signs are absolutely fantastic. I've been thinking about trying to create some wood art, and your's are so inspirational. Thanks so much for sharing them. BTW...I'd love some tutorials.

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  9. Linking up after you at The Creative Spark - I love your signs! What a great idea - so beautiful!!

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  10. "Wake up and be amazing" YES! Love these.

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  11. These are fab ideas! I am sooooo pinning!
    Thanks for collecting!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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  12. I love your signs! I have an etsy shop, but must admit I don't keep up with it as much as I should. I have never worked a craft show. Good luck.

    I found your site from the Talking About Thursday Link party. I am following most of your social media links.

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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  13. I saw you at "A Glimpse Inside" linky party. Love the signs. Nice job!!!
    Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

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    1. I really do love these signs...please consider linking up at my first ever link party at http:/thepatrioticpam.blogspot.com. These are great and so creative!!!
      Thanks,
      Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

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  14. I have been planning to make some pallet wood signs for some time now, these are great ideas! I just need to find some wood! Where do you usually find yours? ~Kelly @ Eyes on the Source

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    1. Thanks! I get pallets from an aunt who runs a warehouse.

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  15. Your wood pallet signs are so cool! I love them! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday! I'm gonna have to follow you, so I can see what else you can do with wood pallets and other crafty things! :-)

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  16. LOVE every one of them - I just did a John Denver ( Annie's Song ) tribute art on Pallet!
    Your newest follower ( would love a follow back when you have the time )
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. Thanks! I'd be happy to follow back, Suzan!

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  17. Great work. Especially love the dandelion one!

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  18. Nice and simple, a look that is very popular right now. I have done lots of craft shows over the years and in 2012 I sold a lot of signs somewhat similar to yours. Somekey things to remember ......presentation in your show space is critical!!! You will need to display your items in a way shopper's can visualize them in their own home. This can be a challenge with large items like signs in a 10x10 craft booth! Pricing is the other key; your product has to be priced to make it affordable for the shopper and profitable for you. As you do more craft shows you will learn from your experience. And remember, what sells at one show could potentially be a dud at the next but don't let that be discouraging. I like to visit a show as a shopper first and quiz the vendors before I sign up to be one myself. Word of mouth from other crafters is invaluable, we are like a "secret society" and most of us want to help each other have a successful show. I've wasted a lot of money on shows that I thought were going to be fantastic & they were a huge flop. Find out how many spaces the sponsor has for the show, how large each space is and what kind of advertising will be done to promote the show. Shows with more than 50 vendors can be overwhelming to shoppers so I try & stick to mostly smaller private shows. I never do shows that are put on by the mega-promoters that go all over the country. I also will never do a show in a shopping mall, they are almost always a dud. Remember to bring lots of business cards, as a matter of fact I use my business card as a price tag and leave it on the product for the customer. One last thing, spring & summer shows are typically not the best. I have my best shows in Sept through Dec, people are in the buying mood for themselves and for holiday gifts. Everything I've said her is strictly my opinion and what has worked for me here in the Midwest. I'm not sure where you live so you may have a completely different experience. I would be really interested in hearing how your first show goes so will be subscribing to your blog! Good luck Emily.

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    1. Thanks for all the tips! The show I entered just happens to be in November, so I'm glad I'm one step in the right direction!

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  19. Emily, love the laundry sign. Wish you luck with your new business. Do not even read anonymous comments. I immediately delete them. There is good advice in the comment above.

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  20. Really original and very creative re-use of material! Loved them all - my personal faves were the dandelion and the "love one another" signs. Great job. And Good Luck!

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  21. Love all the pallet ideas! Thanks for linking up to Check Me Out Saturday on A Vision to Remember. I featured this blog post on my blog today and I pinned it (http://pinterest.com/avisiontorememb)

    http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com/2013/02/check-me-out-saturday-featured-links.html

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  22. I found you from Sugar Bee Crafts! I'm your newest follower via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  23. What a wonderful collection of signs! Love the simple rustic feel!

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  24. Very talented indeed! I would love to see a tutorial on how you did these.

    What a great idea!

    Trudi

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  25. Featuring YOU today! :)

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2013/02/10-diy-home-decorating-projects-featured.html

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  26. Fabulous signs! Psalm 139 is one of my favorites, as well. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll link your creativity each week. I'm running behind this week, but be sure to stop by today to see yourselves featured.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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  27. OMG! I am drooling here. All of just awesome. Wonderful talent.

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  28. Hi, I have seen the sign and wish to have the tutorial. I was thinking that I could make some for my daughter with her favorite book quotes.

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  29. these are SO great! where do you get your pallets from?

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  30. What do you use to make the chalkboards?! And i love all of the signs! Amazing! Im defintely going to make some now :)

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  31. Indeed wooden pallets have a lot of uses. It only takes a creative mind to turn ideas into realities. Your content is very informative and I'm glad I dropped by. Thanks a lot for sharing. Pallet suppliers in Somerset

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  32. I want to do a sign like your "Market" or "artfully and wonderfully made" sign. How did you do it? Like how did you get the hand with the pointing finger and how specifically did you get the letters to look so neat? Did you just freehand everything? If so, I'm going to be pretty disappointed. My handwriting isn't that neat with a paintbrush.

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    1. Sorry to disappoint you I did it freehand, but you could always make your own stencil. I have a tutorial on how I make pallet wood signs. For the hand On the MARKET sign I taped tissue paper to regular copy paper and ran it through my printer,then used Mod Podge to stick it on.

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  33. Nice way to represent all these awesome signs with great art designs i know what kind of skills require to build this kind of signs because i himself try to made this signs for my house. I usually choose my design from last name plaques

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  34. Thank you for the tutorial! I "love" your LOVE sign. Since that one is white washed, would you just cut out the letters and paint around them (instead of using an XACTO knife)? Also, can you tell me what font you used for the LOVE sign? One last question, did you stain the LOVE sign before you white washed it? What technique did you use to white wash it?

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    1. For the LOVE sign I cut out the letters (don't remember the font) and used double sided tape to keep the letters down, then gave it a light brushing of white paint over the whole board (for this I just used a dry brush, dipped the tip of brush in paint and dragged it across the wood (no stain) . When you remove the letters you're left with wood for the letters. Hope this helps.

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  35. P.S. I found your love sign on Pinterest, it is very popular. :)

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  37. It does help! Thank you. :) I just love the font and have been searching for something similar. If you happen to remember, let me know! Also, the pallet I used is pretty light (not very old), so I think I will need to stain it to get that nice distressed brown color. Thanks again!

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  38. Emily, you are indeed a creative talent! I make hand carved signs myself and other rustic wood stuff. I am always looking for a new twist to add to my pieces. I have actually used pallets for some signs as it has the weathered look when I run out of barn wood. I would love to read your tutorial...can you tell me where I can get it?

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  39. Nevermind Emily...I found it! Duh Best of luck in your career...you can always make it as an artist...Very Creative! DJ

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