The other day I was driving to lunch. A update of free pallets came on my Facebook. There are a few things that I am on the continual hunt for. One of them is free pallets. You can set your Facebook settings to alert you if one of the items you are looking for becomes available. I think this is such a cool feature! Anyways, I drove over to see what she had. She had a whole garage full of pallets! I just took 3 because, I could only fit 3 in my mini van. I brought them home and started looking for project ideas on Pinterest. I had seen these Colorado wood signs before. So, I decided to give it a try! Here is how I made my pallet signs.
Materials: reclaimed wood, sander, reciprocating saw, paint, wood screws, drill, stencil for the Colorado “C”, pencil, paint brushes
Step One: First I had to cut the wood from the wood paletts. I had watched a You Tube Video about this. He said to use a reciprocating saw. So, I cut the wood apart. The saw can cut trough the nails. Be careful!!
Step Two: Next, I removed all the nails that were poking out.
Step Three: I sanded the wood. I wanted to get rid of all of the sharp edges. I used an electric sander.
Step Four: I drilled some wood to the back of the signs with the wood screws, for stabiliy. This took me awhile to get right.
Step Five: I painted the sign. I used the Colorado Colors. I then cut out my C for Colorado from some scrap cardboard. I used a plate and a bowl to trace around to make the stencil.
Step Six: I traced the “C” with a pencil, very lightly. Then, I painted it in. I also painted the yellow circle inside the C.
Step Seven: I will put a hanging fastener on the back!
Voila… You have a sign! I was proud that I could accomplish this for very little and I think they turned out nice enough to use as a gift. I also have a ton of scrap wood still that I want to make other signs out of. I have started to make some letters from my Cricut Machine to do this!
How about you? Do you make scrap wood projects? Do you recycle materials to use for crafts? I would love to hear about it!
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