Pallet wood is a great option for DIY wood signs because it is cheap (or free) and easy to work with. Get inspired with these 19+ DIY pallet wood signs you can make yourself to decorate your home!
Have you ever used pallet wood for a DIY project? It is one of my favorite materials to use because it is usually very cheap or free. The rustic charm added when you use pallet wood is unbeatable.
Wood signs are definitely my favorite way to use pallet wood, but there are a lot of other things you can do with it – like build furniture or even create a vertical garden!
I’m back today to share a rustic pallet wood sign that was SO easy to make and is sure to add rustic charm to a gallery wall or command center.
Where can I find wood pallets for signs?
There are several places where you can find wood pallets for DIY projects. Here are some suggestions:
Hardware stores or grocery stores: Some hardware stores may have pallets available for purchase or may be able to direct you to a local supplier. Ask around casually when you’re checking out at the cash register to see if they ever make pallets available to the public.
Online marketplaces: Websites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Freecycle may have listings for free or cheap pallets in your area.
Industrial parks and warehouses: Look for businesses in your area that receive shipments on pallets, and ask if they have any pallets they would be willing to give away or sell.
Construction sites: Sometimes, construction sites will have pallets that they don’t need and are willing to give away.
Recycling centers: Many recycling centers will have a designated area for pallets that are still in good condition, and you may be able to take some for free.
When looking for pallets, be sure to choose ones that are in good condition and free of any hazardous materials. And, of course, always always ALWAYS ask if you can take the wood pallets. Just because they are stacked up in the back of the store or warehouse doesn’t mean they are available for the taking.
This pallet wood sign was so easy to make! It mounts on the wall and holds a mason jar, which can be used to add little flowers or could even be used to hold pens/pencils for organizing in a craft room or office space. Try this DIY hanging mason jars on wood tutorial and add some flare to your wall space!
This wood pallet sign is perfect for wall art in a home office / studio / craft room / play room. It says "Be Creative", which is a great reminder in a creative space. I love that each letter in the word has a different color!
It is a very easy DIY project using a pre-made blank wood sign and paper mache letters that she simply painted with craft acrylic paint and attached with hot glue! Couldn't be any easier!
Using 3 pallet wood boards hung together with leather strips, this sign is so creative! She uses a Silhouette Cameo to create custom stencils using contact paper to paint the words on the sign. This one features the saying "Thankful, Grateful, Blessed" (so that it fits right in with the fall season) but you could customize the words to be whatever you wanted!
The pallet wood sign has so much farmhouse character! Putting pallet wood pieces together with two pieces nailed to the back to hold the boards together is the best way to make rustic pallet signs.
Once the sign is assembled, the old lug wrench is added to create an X, and then the letters are painted on with stencils. You can use any four-letter words you want on this sign (farm, love, home, pray, nest, play, me&u, or more)!
Making wood signs with custom phrases is so easy. Just click read more to see the full detailed tutorial! She used sanded pallet boards, offsetting each wooden board slightly to create a rustic touch to the sign. With a little chalk paint and clear wax, this one turns out beautifully!
It would look great in a beach house with the blue color palette, do you agree?
This DIY blogger wanted to use rustic touches to her space, so she turned to pallet wood to create this beautiful sign. The type of wood she was using from the pallet was newer, so it didn't have the aged look that she wanted.
She shows us an easy way to make new wood look old with gray and dark brown paint on the whole sign covered with white paint in a dry brush technique. Follow up with a little bit of sanding and distressing you have the reclaimed barn wood look.
She also added a monogram wreath to the sign for the final step, but you could also paint a quote on it.
Emily found some outdated wall plaques at the thrift store and had this genius idea! The old wood plaques got painted with spray paint and then she added vinyl lettering. Putting them all together on a pallet board is a great idea!
This whole project cost just a few dollars to make and it turned out great, don't you think? She hung this cute kitchen pallet sign up in her breakfast nook next to the window, which is the perfect spot!
Learn how to make a reversible farmhouse-style wooden sign with this tutorial. With step-by-step instructions and photos, this versatile DIY project is perfect for adding rustic charm to your home decor. Plus, this versatile project lets you switch up the design whenever you want because it is reversible!
Painting a flag on DIY pallet signs is a great way to show your patriotism! You can put it out for Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, or keep it up all year round.
Use chalk, acrylic or latex paint (whatever you have on hand), painter's tape, and a star stamp or stencil to make this come to life. Liz has hers styled in their dining room, but it would also look great on a porch or patio!
Not sure what to put on your pallet wood sign? What about a vintage-looking map? She makes it look even older by ripping the edges and burning them! She also burned a couple of holes in the middle of the map.
And if you're wondering, she uses Mod Podge to attach the map to the pallet wood.
This metal ampersand is great and you could totally just hang it on the sign as-is, but Liz added a pallet wood sign behind it, which adds so much character! This is a great example of combining store-bought wall decor with some DIY elements.
Chalkboards are so great to have around the house. They can serve practical purposes as places to leave notes and write meal plans. Or they can be more decorative like this one is. It is also fun to write different messages on it as the seasons change!
Learn how to make your own chalkboard with a sheet of MDF painted with chalkboard paint and frame it out with pallet wood pieces. You can totally knock this entire project out in a weekend.
This nativity pallet board sign will remind you of the true reason for the season. The vinyl decal of the nativity scene and letters are available to purchase from Etsy so you can quickly and easily make this sign in just 30 minutes!
Use a pallet wood board as the background for this cute Christmas tree sign made with felt. If you don’t have a piece of pallet board available, try picking up a log slice or chalkboard from the craft store for a completely different look! Also, the felt could be switched out for ribbon.
This is a great example of using whatever you have on hand!
Last, but certainly not least we have this rustic wooden pallet sign with a winter theme that says "Ski Lodge". This is a great one because you can keep it out all winter long, even after Christmas has come and gone.
Instead of actual pallet wood, she is using cheap cedar pickets from Home Depot and you totally can't tell. They look like real pallet wood pieces, so that is a great idea if you're struggling to find pallets to make your signs.
Check out the other 3 projects I completed for the craft space:
Wishing you a joyful day!
*This article was originally published in October 2016 and most recently updated in April 2023.*