Vintage Map Pallet Board Sign.
I have been so excited to be participating in the Handmade Gift Exchange through Craftaholics Anonymous this summer! They host two a year, but this is the first time I have been involved. You sign up, and are randomly paired with a partner. Then you get to know your partner, and make them a handmade gift, while they do the same for you! It’s been fun to get to know someone I would never have met otherwise!
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Now that the gift is on it’s way, I can share the process for my Handmade Gift Exchange Vintage map pallet board sign!
First you have to find some pallets. They aren’t that difficult to find, there are often companies that have dozens they need to dispose of and you are doing them a favor by taking them. Always ask first! Most will give them free. Some pallets aren’t suitable to reuse and can even be unsafe! Here is a really handy guide to know which pallets are ok to use.
After you’ve taken your pallet apart (and cleaned it if necessary) you can build your sign! Cut the boards to the size you need, then nail them together with two support boards on the back of your sign just like this:
Most likely you will need to sand the boards some so they are smooth. You can do that before you assemble the sign, or after. It’s just personal preference. I prefer to sand my boards after the sign is put together!
Once it’s assembled, and sanded you’re ready to paint or stain your sign! I chose to stain this sign with a dark wood stain. My favorite dark stain is “Kona” by Rust-Oleum. Rub the stain into the wood with an old rag. I always wear gloves when staining! It’s very difficult to get off your skin.
I found this really amazing 16×20 Vintage Map poster print on Amazon! There were a lot of maps to choose from, but this was perfect for the look I wanted! I had considered printing my own map, which would have been cheaper, but plain printer paper would not have held up as well to the distressing and staining I had in mind so I went with the high quality poster print instead and I did not regret it!
I was happy with the sign, and could have stopped here! It looked awesome. Exactly what I had in mind!
I did not want the letters to take the focus away from the beautiful map, which is why I chose a muted Gold tone vinyl. But they were just a little bit more difficult to see than I had originally wanted. I traced the letters in a light brown marker so they would stand out just a little bit more. It became kind of a hidden message map! You can see it better from some angles!