If you have a special someone in your life that adores the holidays, and all the twinkle, and warm fuzzy feelings… why not make them their very own, DIY Pallet Holiday Sign? Handmade from your loving hands, it’s sure to please. The best part? This project is super inexpensive and extra special. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
• Twinkle Lights – the best thing ever, to happen to DIY Holiday Crafts!
• Painter’s Tape
• Drill & Drill Bit
• Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
• Hammer & Finishing Nails (or Nail Gun)
• Acrylic Paint & Brush
• Paint Pen (optional)
• Circular Saw (optional)
• Pallet Wood – Many people have taken to giving away FREE pallets on buy & sell websites. Some businesses will sell these to you if you ask nicely, and others are just happy to see them go! Just ask, you never know what you’ll be able to find!
First up, get your pallet boards together. Pallets can sometimes be a little crusty. A circular saw will be your friend to separate your boards, instead of trying to pry them apart. Trim them down to size, and use two extra planks as your backing supports.
If you have a nail gun, yay you! If not, grab a hammer and some finishing nails and hammer your support planks into the back of your new pallet sign! A few minutes and you’ll be ready for the fun stuff.
Begin with your lettering. I chose “Let it Snow”. Christmasy, fun and friendly. Whenever, I create this kind of craft, I always begin from the bottom and move up. So, the word “Snow” comes first. It is the worst if you are free-handing letters and you end up running out of room!
Keep moving up until you have the full phrase, down.
Next, loosely plan out your twinkle lights. I used painter’s tape to plan it out on the front of my sign. I used the super sophisticated technique of, “squinty eyes” to get a good idea of light placement. This might seem like a wishy-washy step of the process, but I attempted this step, three times, before I was happy with where everything was laid out. So don’t skip this one!
Once you’re happy, you can start drilling holes and placing the twinkle lights from behind. Be sure to work, light-by-light, one at a time. You want to make sure you’re drilling your holes the correct distance apart, or you’ll end up not having enough wire length to reach your holes. That would be disappointing.
Take your time! Hold the twinkle lights wire, in place, with painter’s tape, until it’s fully positioned. Here’s how mine was looking after it was in place.
Now, you can go back and secure things a little more permanently. This is where the glue gun comes in.
Place a dab of hot glue on either side of each drilled hole, right over the wire. The twinkle light is now secured against the pallet sign, and in the direction you need your wire to point. I even used hot glue to secure the battery box to the sign. Make sure to attach your battery box against the edge of your holiday sign, so you can easily turn it on and off, without needing to move it.
All that was left was to add a little snowflake detail. I waited until after I had finished placing the lights, so I could better strategically place my snowflakes. You want to make sure you’re left with something that gives you those warm holiday feelings, whether the lights are turned on or not. So, keep that in mind when you’re flexing your artistic muscles!
I chose to use a paint pen on the finer details of the snowflakes, and the small white circles. It gives a little more precision over the paint and brush.
On or off, this holiday pallet sign is making me want to crank up the Nat King Cole and sip some apple cider! What about you? Anyone would love to receive this from you, and it’s totally customizable to anyones Holiday tastes.
Want even more DIY holiday gift ideas? Keep reading and check out my fellow Canadian bloggers, and their fantastic handmade holiday treats below!
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