Last weekend, we hit record highs for September. Yuck. But this weekend, things are starting to change. We are finally starting to see some cooler temperatures! Yay for fall weather.  After a super hot summer, I really appreciate the fall weather. So, today’s project is totally appropriate.  I love how this sign turned out. It’s a really easy project to make with your Silhouette or Cricut. I used a premade pallet sign, which saved me tons of time. I think it turned out super cute! Do you want to make your own? Read on for the full tutorial.

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)!  Read my full disclosure policy.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here.

STEP 2:

CUT AND WEED VINYL STENCIL

Open the design in your software program.  My pallet sign is 14″ x 14″ and I sized my design to about 11″. Then, I added a rectangle around the design to create a stencil.

Do you need more help with creating a vinyl stencil?  Check out these posts.

How to Make a Vinyl in Cricut Design Space.
How to Make a Vinyl Stencil in Silhouette Studio

I used Oracal 651 for the stencil because I have lots of it to use up, but you can also use Stencil Vinyl or Oracal 631.

When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the stencil with your Cricut or Silhouette.  Once it has finished cutting, weed away the excess vinyl.

STEP 3: APPLY TRANSFER TAPE

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than the design.  Place the vinyl on the transfer tape. Use an application tool to rub over the design. Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.

STEP 4: REMOVE VINYL BACKING

Place the vinyl so it’s facing down, and then pull off the vinyl backing. I like to do it this way so the vinyl doesn’t curl.

STEP 5: CENTER DESIGN ON PALLET SIGN

Normally, before I apply vinyl to a wood sign, I sand it down so it’s nice and smooth.  But, this wood sign already had a distressed finish that I didn’t want to mess up by sanding.  Instead, I used a damp paper towel to clean off any dust or loose paint, so the vinyl would stick better. Then, I waited until it was completely dry before putting on the vinyl stencil.

Place the vinyl on the pallet and use a ruler to center the design.  Once it’s in place, use a scraper and rub over the entire design.

 

STEP 6: REMOVE TRANSFER TAPE

Carefully pull off the transfer tape. It might be a little tricky to get the vinyl to stick to the pallet sign, just go slow and use your fingers to help the vinyl to stay on the sign.

STEP 7: PAINT OVER THE STENCIL WITH MOD PODGE

Paint a generous layer of Mod Podge over the stencil.

Why do we do this? To help prevent bleeds.

Sometimes there are small gaps between the stencil and the wood.  Since Mod Podge dries clear, our hope is that the Mod Podge will fill in these gaps, instead of the paint.

 

STEP 8: FILL IN THE STENCIL

Once the Mod Podge is dry to the touch, fill in the stencil with paint.  I used a mixture of light brown and dark brown paint.

STEP 9: REMOVE VINYL STENCIL

Once the paint is dry to the touch, carefully pull off the stencil.  You can use a craft knife or weeding tool to pull out the centers of the letters.  If there’s any bleeding, you can scrape it off with a craft knife.

STEP 9: CUT STYROFOAM PUMPKIN IN HALF AND ATTACH TO SIGN

Use a serrated knife to cut the pumpkin in half. Then, attach to the lower left side of the sign with hot glue.

STEP 10: ADD OTHER DECORATIVE FALL ITEMS

Use hot-glue to attach flowers and leaves around the pumpkin. Try to keep all the letters visible.

That’s it! This sign is so easy to customize with your Silhouette or Cricut. I really love the dimension those extra embellishments add to the sign. It’s so cute!

 

Did you enjoy this post? Help spread the word!  Share this post on your favorite Pinterest board.  Thanks!

Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the Resource Library.

Share this post:

7 Comments on DIY Easy Fall Pallet Sign

  1. Angie, I have to thank you again for your generosity! Your free files are wonderful and your crafts are so easy and fun! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. Simply lovely! Thank you. Just an FYI. Here is how I prevent bleeding around stencils. Once I apply the vinyl to the wood or canvas – and instead of using Mod Podge – I apply a coat of the background paint over the stencil. This step fills in the gaps around the stencil and I don’t have a problem with my stencil paint bleeding through. It’s my go-to technique.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.