Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pallet Wood Name and Bird Sign

I have acquired some wooden pallets and they have been just sitting in the back yard begging to be used for something.  I see different hand painted signs all over the place and figured I would try it out.  Those boards are not very easy to get off so my husband did most of that and I stole 2 boards while he wasn't looking!

First I hosed them off and sprayed them with a vinegar and water mixture to get any bugs that might have been on them off.  I set them out to dry in the sun for awhile. (sorry no pictures of this because I was too excited!)

Once they were dry I grabbed a can of Oops paint that I liked (I tend to buy at least 1 can every time I am at Home Depot or Lowes!) and got started.  First I worked on my oldest son's sign.  I painted the whole board a light blue.  I didn't get into every little nook and cranny, but I did cover most of it.  While that dried I used my Silhouette to make a stencil of his name in a font that I like.

After the paint was dry I taped the stencil to the wood and used a small brush to dab the paint on.  I didn't use brush strokes because I didn't want the paint to bleed under the stencil, since it was only scrapbook paper. (Again, no pictures...)

I let it dry for a few minutes before removing then stencil and decided I liked it but it needed more.  My 1 year old LOVES birds!  It was pretty much his first word and it is one of the things that calms him down when he is upset so I thought it would be a nice addition to the sign.

I found a picture of a bird online that I liked and drew it on paper.  Once I had it how I liked it I traced it onto the sign on either side of his name.  I did a few edits to it once I started painting it to change it more to my liking.

First I painted the birds the same color as the lettering and was planning on leaving it at that.  Once it dried I just wasn't sure so I got some advice from some friends to add more detail.

I added a little bit of grey into the wings and throughout the birds to add some texture (more of my Oops paint!).  I still didn't think it was enough so I added a little bit of dark blue (also Oops paint!). I added this on the belly and the tips of the wings to add some shadowing and coloring effects.  I also added an eye on each bird.

I am very happy with the results and excited that I am going to do tons more of these pallet paintings!


  1. That is so beautiful, Leah! How fun! You could sell them!

    1. Thanks! I am hoping to be able to once I have time to make multiple signs.


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