Wedding Pallet Signs Tutorial Steps
Step 1 | Cut The Horizontal Pallet Pieces:
Break down the pallet. Lay the pallet on a flat surface. Using the circular saw, line it up on the inside of the inner cross bar. You are going to trim the wood at each end of the outside stringers. You will be wasting a little bit of wood, but like I mentioned above, this is the easiest method. Cut along the inside line, all the way.
Repeat on the inside of the stringer on the other end.
Step 2 | Pry The Pallet Pieces from the Vertical Bar:
Now you should be left with the wood attached by the center bar. Press on each end and wiggle it back and forth a bit to loosen it make it easier to get the pry bar underneath. Push the bar between the wood and center cross piece, lift up back and forth to pull it away. You may need to use a hammer to get the bar in deep enough. Consider putting the pallet on its side and work at it that way if you have a particularly stubborn pallet.
Step 3 | Repeat On The Other Side:
Repeat each step on the reverse side of the pallet.
Step 4 | Flatten The Nails:
All your boards should be removed now. Lay them all on a flat, hard surface with the nails facing up. Hammer the nails so they are flat against the boards. You can remove them if you want, but I prefer the look of the signs with the nails in them, rather than holes.
Try to get the nails into the wood as much as you can. This will be safer and make it easier for drawing on and painting the letters.
Step 5 | Cut The Pallet Boards to Size:
Trim the boards to 20”, then mark the center point of one end on the top side, and then the same end, but the bottom side. Set the miter saw to a 22.5 degree angle. Place the board in with the end you marked so that it’s facing the blade, not perpendicular. Trim the right edge at the set angle, then flip the board over and trim the left edge.
Step 6 | Sand The Boards:
Use the random orbit sander to sand the boards. Start with the lower grit paper, then to the finer grit.
Step 7 | Stain The Pallet Signs:
Now the boards can be stained. Use the foam brush to stain the board. Your boards may already have a nice look without the stain, but the main reason for staining these is so you can get enough contrast for the white lettering. The Classic Gray color I chose was pretty similar to the color the wood had aged naturally, but the stain just made it a little darker and more uniform.
Step 8 | Prep The Signage Artwork:
Download my free printables. The printables have each word centered with rule lines to make it easier for you to center on your signs.
If you need sign words that aren’t in the printable, then you’ll need to download the font called Montez. It has a free license, so use it any way you’d like. You can find it on several free font websites. 1001freefonts.com (not an affiliate link) is one of them.
Install the font and open up Microsoft Word or any graphics program. Set the document up in landscape view (8 ½ x 11”) to have narrow margins so the sign words fit on the page width wise. You can fit two words per page. At a 200 point font size, type the first sign word. Center the word on the page and then type the second word below that and print.
You may need to make the font smaller, depending on the height of the pallet wood. Also, if your signage word is too long for the 8 ½ x 11″ size paper and you don’t have an 11×17 printer, just fit half of the word on one page and the other half on another page. You can just tape them together, taking care to line them up.
Step 9 | Transfer The Signage Words:
Before taping the words to the signs, make sure you pre-plan the direction your sign needs to face. In other words, if your ceremony will be taking place to the left
ß, make sure you have your board’s arrow pointing left for the word Ceremony.
Once you know which words go what direction, take the printed paper and cut it so that one word fits on the wood. Then cut a piece of transfer paper to fit the same size. Tape the transfer paper to the wood, and then tape the paper on top of that. Use a pen to carefully trace over the outside edge of the word. If you are using white transfer paper, the lines should be easy to see, but test it to make sure.
Step 10 | Remove The Tracing Paper:
After tracing, remove both papers. You should have a nice clean outline of your signage wording on the pallet wood.
Step 11 | Fasten The Signs To Stakes:
Nail each sign to a stake, then set up for your wedding!