Introduction: Recycled Pallet Cottage Signs

I made these signs as a gift for my father-in-law. We didn't have a lot of money so we made him this gift for the family cottage.


A pallet


Paint and brushes

Pencil (Carbon paper)


Step 1: Preparing the Boards

First, I broke down the pallet by removing the boards. You might need a hammer or someone strong to help you. Then I cut the boards on the saw to the appropriate size. Mine are approximately 2 feet. Then I cut a pointed end on some of the board for the arrow. I set the saw at a 30 degree angle and cut it to the middle for the arrow. Next, I sanded them nice and smooth.

Step 2: Painting the Signs

In order to get a rustic look with the paint, I dipped my brush in water first to make the paint very water down. Then it went on more like a stain then the solid paint. I also sanded the edges again to get a more rustic look.

Step 3: Adding the Words

You can write the words on top with a pencil and then paint over your pencil marks. I printed off the words with different fonts in the appropriate size from the computer. I then traced the words onto the wood using carbon paper to transfer the lines. I then painted them in.

Step 4: Varathane

I let the paint dry for a couple of days and then I coated each sign with varathane, I did about 4 or 5 layers. I wanted them to last through the weather. And that is all.

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