Family Name Pallet Sign

By  Melony Miller Bradley 

size: 18"x7-1/2"

  • Family Name Pallet Sign


  • Wooden pallet or plaque, 18”x7-1/2”, two
  • White computer paper
  • Hanger of choice


  • Computer, photo editing software, inkjet printer
  • Saw
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Snow White, Lamp Black
  • Outdoor sealer
  • Beacon Adhesives: Premium Tacky Glue, Fast Finish Decoupage

Basic Supplies

  • ruler, pencil, black marker, paintbrush, sanding block, soft cloth, wax candle, scissors, foam brush, hand towel, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • 1. Use ruler and pencil to mark off six 2-1/2"x7-1/2" pieces on one wooden pallet. Use saw to cut pieces apart. Sand wooden pieces thoroughly and wipe with soft cloth. Paint large plaque and small plaque pieces Lamp Black. Let dry. Randomly rub candle across surface of small plaque pieces. Paint small plaque pieces Snow White. Lightly sand surface to reveal distressed areas.
  • 2. Arrange small plaque pieces on top of larger plaque. Adhere pieces in place using tacky glue. Let dry.
  • 3. Use computer and photo editing software to type letters for surname. Make sure letters are flipped horizontally and sized appropriately before printing in font of choice. (Note: Designer used Microsoft Paint to type letters and inserted as image into Word document in "Stencil" font.) Repeat process for "EST" and year in desired font and size. Print name, year, and "EST" on computer paper using inkjet printer.
  • 4. Cut out printed words and year with scissors; position right side down on surface of smaller plaque pieces. Use foam brush and découpage medium to coat pieces thoroughly. Let dry overnight if possible.
  • 5. Wet small portion of hand towel with water. Starting at one corner of plaque, gently rub away paper, taking care not to rub off transferred images. Wipe off any excess paper.
  • 6. Attach hanger of choice onto back of plaque. Apply sealer if desired.
  • Tip
  • 1. If images are removed when rubbing off paper, use black marker to fill in areas on wording and year.