Welcome to the DIY Challenge! Every month, on the First Wednesday, our hostess Terrie from Decorate And More With Tip issues a challenge to a group of fun bloggers. This month’s challenge is to Upcycle! I will be sharing my reversible Spring / Easter sign that I made from pallet boards.
If you are coming from Cindy’s at Cloche’s and Lavenders, I am so happy that you are here! Doesn’t she make the prettiest decor items?
Last week I shared my Spring mantle with you. In the middle of the mantle, the showpiece of the design, was a few signs that said Spring. Guess what? It’s reversible! I have to admit that my reversible Spring/ Easter sign may just be my favorite decoration this year.
When we built our pool last spring, everything that was ordered came on a wooden pallet.
Some we gave away, some we threw away and some we kept, thinking that we would use a few for projects.
Well, today is the day!
I asked The Hubs to grab me a couple of boards to use to make a reversible sign.
And because I’m a sharing kind of gal, here are the instructions to make one for yourself!
Cut your boards
After taking the pallets apart, I had The Hubs cut 2 of each 7″, 6 1/2 ” and 6″ boards.
Paint the boards
After giving the boards a good sanding I painted all of the boards white.
Place the “kick stand” on your boards
You will need a way to ensure that your boards will stand up.
To do this, all you need is a small dowel rod and a hole the circumference of the dowel in the bottom of your board.
Find the center of the board and drill the hole.
Cut the Dowel Rods
Using a small Miter box, I cut the dowel into 6 – 2 1/2 ” pieces.
To make your boards stand up, simply slide the dowels into the holes that you drilled into your boards.
If you are using the “Spring” signs, you will push the dowels all the way through, flush with the front of the board.
The dowels will then stick out the back, forming a “kick stand” to make your boards stand up!
Place Lettering on Boards
To put lettering on the boards, using your computer to print out the lettering of your choice on your printer.
Flip each letter over.
Using a pencil color around the edges of your letter. You should be able to see the letters through your printer paper.
Flip the letter over to the right side and place on your board.
Using a stylus, or your pencil trace around your letter.
Your letter is now transferred to your board.
Paint your letters
Using the paint of your choice, paint the letters.
Embellish the letters
Now this is the fun part!
I painted a decorative edging around the outside edge of all of my boards..
Added highlights to each letter to make them stand out.
And added a little glitter paint to give them a little depth.
Oh, who am I kidding?
I added the glitter cause it’s fun!
So let’s take a look at my reversible Spring / Easter sign.
Here’s the Easter side.
And here’s the Spring side.
I’m seriously loving my reversible sign!
Now that you’ve seen my upcycled item, it’s time to head on over to CD’s at Pallet and Pantry to see her upcycled project!
Don’t forget to visit all of the DIY Challenge participants to see what upcycled items they’ve created!