Simple Farmhouse Decor: Mini DIY Basket Labels

Make the sweetest mini pallet signs to use as DIY basket labels with only a few supplies – the perfect way to add simple farmhouse decor and organization to your home.

Hi friends!

Welcome back to another month of simple farmhouse decor – a series on the first Sunday of the month where I share an easy DIY to get that fixer upper look!

Here are some of the projects I’ve completed in the past:

DIY Rustic Picture Frame | Simple Summer Farmhouse Centerpiece | Fabric Washi Tape Pumpkin Place Setting | DIY Lettered Chalkboard Sign | Mason Jar “Choose Joy” Display

If you’ve been following along recently, you know that we are in the middle of a crazy, insane, 6-week challenge called the One Room Challenge.  We are making a shared boys’ bedroom for both boys (I guess that’s obvious, right?!)

My whole farmhouse, rustic decor, and DIYs have been put on hold while we finish up the room … THIS WEEK!  Gosh, I am SO excited to be done.

Check out our progress so far here:

But, knowing me, I couldn’t complete an entire room without including at least one farmhouse decor DIY.  It’s basically a mortal sin.

Hence, DIY basket labels 🙂  Bonus!  They are SO simple to make and cost just a few dollars.

A small piece of wood being used as a DIY basket label with handwritten words "matchbox cars" hangs from a storage box. Image text reads "simple farmhouse decor. Mini pallet signs"

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How to Make Basket Labels from Mini Pallet Signs

Supplies Needed for DIY Basket Labels

Step 1: Stain wood.

First, apply your dark stain all over the mini pallet (front and back).  This was done using an old paint brush.

A pile of small pieces of wood, all stained with a dark wood stain, with pieces of twine attached to each piece of wood.

Step 2: Apply white wax coating.

Once dry, use another old paint brush to apply the white wax.  No need to cover the entire surface; a very little bit will do.

Using a small paint brush to apply the opaque white wax coating to the small pallet wood pieces.

Step 3: Wipe off excess white wax.

Immediately after applying a little wax, wipe the excess off with a clean paper towel.  Make sure to wipe in the same manner (i.e. side to side or up and down) and rub the excess wax evenly over the whole surface.

Using a paper towel to wipe the excess white wax coating from the small wood basket sign. This gives it a slightly whitewashed look.

You end up with the sweetest hint of whitewash.  Ahh don’t you love rustic DIYs??

Step 4: Use a marker to label the wood.

Lastly, use your black sharpie to write whatever basket you are labeling.  For the kiddo’s room, I’m creating DIY basket labels for craft supplies and toys.

Four small wood DIY basket labels with a whitewashed wood effect sit on a wood table. Each has a different handwritten label - markers, matchbox cars, cars & trucks, and crayons.

I free-handed them (YIKES!) and kind of wish I had done an image transfer to get a nice pretty font.  But, I still think they look pretty farmhouse chic!

The Final Product: Farmhouse Style DIY Basket Labels!

A small wood basket label hangs from a piece of twine. This basket label reads
A white storage bin filled with toys sits on a shelf. A small wood DIY basket label hangs on the handle with a piece of twine. The label reads "matchbox cars" in handwritten black marker.

Alright, friends!  Back to getting the shared boys’ bedroom completely DONE!!  I cannot wait!

Remember to check back on Wednesday to see the entire shared boys bedroom reveal!

Wishing you a joyful day!


Farmhouse Style DIY Basket Labels

Mini DIY basket labels made from small pallet wood pieces.

Stay organized with these easy-to-make DIY basket labels! These farmhouse-style basket labels only need a few supplies and help organize anything from toys to decor and more.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $20



  1. Stain the mini wood pallets. I choose a dark walnut stain. Allow to fully dry.
  2. Apply the white wax coating using a paintbrush. You don't need a lot, and you don't need to cover the whole piece of wood.
  3. Wipe off the excess white wax using a paper towel. This gives the pallet a whitewashed effect. Allow to dry.
  4. Use a black permanent marker to label each piece of wood with whatever you need labeled.

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