Good Day Sunshine Pallet Sign: Cricut Vinyl Project

Pallet decor is super popular right now, and Cricut vinyl makes it easy to personalize one of these signs for your home or office.  Inexpensive canvas stretcher bars and clips create a custom frame and provide a nice finishing touch.

good day sunshine pallet

 

Materials:

Pallet, 9×12-inch
Offset canvas clips, 1/8-inch depth (8)
Canvas stretcher bars, 12-inch (2) and 16-inch (2)
Glue
Die cutting machine and supplies
Die cutting vinyl in your choice of colors
Paint/stain/varnish of choice
Paper or fabric backing material (optional)
Coat hanger or ribbon string for hanging

Directions:

Paint or stain the pallet if desired and allow to dry.  Apply several coats of your varnish or sealer of choice to provide a smooth surface for applying the vinyl.

paint pallet

 

Create the design for cutting the vinyl in Cricut Design Space.  I like to add rectangles to the canvas in the size of my pallet to help me visualize how the lettering and imagery will look on the actual pallet.

design space

lettering placement

 

The sample project uses two system fonts – Century Gothic and Broadway.  The image is a free image found on Pixabay and sliced in half on the Cricut canvas.

sun image

 

Attach the design elements in Cricut Design Space and make the project. After cutting, weed the vinyl to remove the excess vinyl (not part of your design).  Using transfer paper, apply the vinyl to the pallet and burnish in place.

cut vinyl

 

Assemble the stretcher bars to make an inexpensive frame for your pallet.  Slide the end of one bar into the groove of the adjacent bar.  You can add a bit of glue in the groove before assembling if you’d like. Use your hands or a mallet to fit the corners neatly together.

join ends of stretcher bars

 

Repeat using all the bars until a rectangular frame has been created.

assembled frame

 

Paint or stain and varnish the frame as you’d like.  Allow to dry.

paint and varnish stretcher bars

 

Turn the frame over to the back and lay your pallet face down on top.  Position one of the canvas clips near the end of the pallet and screw to the frame.

position canvas clip

 

Repeat using additional canvas clips as shown.

brackets placed to hold pallet

 

Drill a hole in the upper right and upper left corners of the frame for hanging if desired.  Drill near, but not directly on the corner seam.

drill hole for hanger

 

If you’d like, glue heavy paper or fabric to the back of the frame.

adhere paper to back

 

Cut a piece from a wire coat hanger to use to hang your sign.  Thread the wire from the front to the back through the hole and wrap the end around the hanger to secure.  Or use a piece of string or ribbon to suspend the sign.

wire hanger in hole

 

Add any other decorative embellishments that you’d like to further personalize the sign. Then hang and enjoy!

completed pallet sign

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