DIY Rustic Sign From Pallet Wood

Steve Ramsey demonstrates a DIY rustic sign project made from old pallet wood and a simple distressing technique.


Please be careful about the pallet wood that you use.  Pallets are typically either heat-treated (heated to a high temperature to seal the wood) or treated with methyl bromide – a toxic pesticide linked to human health problems and ozone layer depletion.

Look for pallets that have the IPPC seal and an “HT” stamp,which means it was heat-treated rather than sealed with chemical pesticides. Avoid unmarked pallets or those stamped with an “MB” for methyl bromide.

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The materials and equipment that you’ll need to make your DIY rustic sign are shown below.

  • Pallet wood
  • Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • PVA glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Paint brush / sponge applicator
  • Spray paint
  • Spar urethane
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander (optional)
  • Bowl / jars
  • Stencil letters
  • Masking tape
Did You Know?

We produce enormous amounts of waste.  Every 2 hours we throw out enough stuff to fill the world’s largest container ship with trash. That’s 12 container ships every single day, and 4380 container ships in one year.

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