Thumbtack Monogram Pallet

Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

 

With the nice weather finally here, I was inspired to do a bit of work on our front porch.  We have yellow house with a green roof, so adding other colors is a bit tricky.  I finally decided on some new ceramic planters for either side of the door in a royal … almost navy blue.  While they’re still empty (we’re up in Minnesota and it’s still not quite warm enough for flowers yet), the front door was looking a bit, well … naked.

All winter, I had a white flocked wintery looking wreath.  As soon as the snow began to melt, however, that was the first thing to go!  No more reminders of this long, brutal winter!  Since then, the door has been in need of something!

Inspired by the color of my new pottery … I decided to go with a DIY pallet sign.  Inspired by several thumbtack projects I’ve seen lately, I decided to add a thumbtack monogram to the pallet.

I love making DIY pallet signs.  They’re SO easy and simple … and inexpensive!  I made some for St. Patrick’s Day, and decided this is exactly what our front door needed this Spring!

As for the monogram … earlier this year I was blown away by Angela’s Thumbtack Ampersand from Life in Velvet.  I made a mental note that I would be thumbtacking something in my future.  Then … I was reminded of that ‘note’ when Melissa from A Prudent Life posted this Shim Tack Starburst Mirror for her bathroom.

A thumbtack monogram for my DIY pallet it was!

Here’s how I did it …

SUPPLIES:

SUPPLIES

SUPPLIES

  1. Pack of 15″ wood shims from Home Depot / Lowes (or similar)
  2. Wood Glue
  3. Paint and paint brushes for pallet (I used navy and white)
  4. Craft letter from JoAnn or Michael’s.  Mine was cardboard … I tried the wood letters and it was WAAAY too difficult to stick the thumbtacks into!
  5. Speaking of thumbtacks … you’ll need a bunch!  I ended up using just over 800 (!) for this letter.  I got mine from Target.
  6. Ribbon to hang pallet from
  7. Optional – drill and bit to drill hole to hang ribbon through.
  8. 3M adhesive strips (not pictured) to attach letter to pallet.  I used the velcro picture hanging kind.

NOW, THE HOW-TO:

FIRST … Make your pallet.

  1. Paint your wood shims and let dry.  I used 11 shims for the front.
    Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

    PAINTED SHIMS

     

  2. Using three more shims as the pallet ‘frame’ in the back, apply wood glue to the entire length, then position painted shims onto these shims.

    Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

    USE THREE SHIMS FOR THE BACK ‘FRAME’ (ONLY TWO SHOWN HERE, I ENDED UP ADDING AN ADDITIONAL ONE IN THE CENTER LATER)

  3. Set something heavy on the pallet, and let glue dry.
  4. Drill two holes in top shim and thread ribbon through as shown.  If you don’t feel like drilling into your shims, you can easily use another thumbtack (you should have plenty) to tack the ribbon to the back of the top pallet … super easy!

    Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

    THREAD RIBBON THROUGH TOP SHIM

NEXT … Make your thumbtack monogram!

  1. Basically … just start sticking the tacks into the front and sides.  (I recommend watching TV or your kids or something during this step as it takes a while)
    Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

    START TACKING …

    Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

    STILL TACKING ….

    Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

    DONE TACKING … HOORAY!!

FINALLY … Stick monogram to pallet using 3M adhesive strips and hang!

Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

3M ADHESIVE STRIPS

Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

STICK LETTER ONTO PALLET

Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

TIE BOW

AND … COMPLETE!

Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

 

Our front door is naked no more …

 

Thumbtack Monogram Pallet Sign

I hope you’re enjoying some Spring weather!  Have a wonderful week!

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Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. This just happened to correspond to when they purchased their current home. She wanted a place to share their updates, projects, lessons learned, and all her DIY crafts. Her husband is a Financial Advisor, therefore all of their projects are always on a budget (which is usually a lot less than she would prefer … but she loves a challenge). Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she's not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.

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Comments

  1. I love this and I love how versatile this could be! It looks so easy and simple too! I really do love this.