Want a fun vintage DIY project? Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a pallet wood letter perfect for any room in your farmhouse.
You probably already know this but I live in the country.
Like the middle-of-no-where-thirty-minutes-from-Wal-mart-no-stop-lights-in-the-county kind of country.
And makes you catch your breath sometimes.
And when you head to Wal-Mart to buy Captain Crunch.
You pass a whole lot of this along the way.
And when the corn top’s ripe and the meadow’s in the bloom.
You see lots of this.
And when you want to be inspired there’s a whole lot of this.
….and maybe one day I’m even going to try this.
But today we’re making a pallet wood letter.
Just turn right at the cornfield and I’ll have the sweet tea ready. 🙂
How to Make a Pallet Wood Letter
- pallet boards or reclaimed lumber
- wood glue
- nails (or you can use a nail gun)
Step 1: Disassemble the pallet
Remove the pallet boards from the pallet and rip each board down the middle.
Each board will then measure approximately 2 1/2″ wide.
(total aside number 1: you don’t have to use pallet wood for this project. You could use paint sticks or yardsticks or even random sticks from your yard.)
Step 2: Cut out a piece of plywood 18″ x 18″
Lay the pieces of pallet wood end to end and stagger them like bricks.
Glue the pieces of pallet wood down.
Then nail each piece in place.
Step 3: Determine the font you want to use.
Ariel Black is a really good font. Or Impact is a good choice.
Print the letter out on your computer and take it to a local copy shop and have it enlarged to 16″ tall.
The width of each letter will be different depending on which letter you are cutting out.
Then trace the letter on top of your plywood which now has rows of pallet wood glued and nailed on to it.
Then cut out your letter that you’ve traced with a jigsaw. You will cut through the plywood and the pallet wood together at the same time.
(total aside number 2: You could always just make a smaller letter and skip the copy shop step)
(total aside number 3: These asides are like when you used to take Jane Fonda aerobics and she would totally adjust each of the exercises for different levels.)
Step 4: Frame the cut-out of letter
Frame out letter with pallet wood.
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Just measure and cut pieces that fit around the edges.
Sometimes they won’t line up exactly perfectly.
Character is perfect for a pallet wood letter.
Depending on the letter you may have to cut some of the pallet boards at an angle.
Then nail the boards in place.
Sand the letter thoroughly to make sure you knock down all the rough edges.
Then finish it with wax or polyurethane.
You could make monograms or simple words like “Eat” or “Joy” or numbers or punctuation.
The possibilities are endless.
And if you like a smile with your pallet wood….here’s a corny joke my son told me yesterday that totally made me laugh out loud:
What did the number zero say to the number eight?