This Thankful Grateful Blessed pallet wood sign with leather straps is the perfect addition to your Fall decor, but could be used in your home year round. This step by step DIY tutorial walks you through all the steps to create your own rustic Fall sign.
Earlier this week I spilled the beans and told you how to find FREE leather for crafting.…hint hint it may involve destroying some furniture. I also shared 14 amazing leather craft ideas that left you just itching for some free leather of your own so you can give them a try. I’ve got tons of leather crafts on my way to you in the coming months and today is the first fun DIY project with my new leather hoard.
I wanted to create something with the rustic look of pallet wood….because you know how I feel about pallets. But, I also wanted to incorporate the leather look and tie it all together with a fall theme. I think leather is the PERFECT addition to your fall DIY projects, so you can expect to see more fall leather projects coming soon!
I’ve always loved the saying “thankful grateful blessed”….it sums up how I feel everyday. All of the emotions together in one simple saying. I love it’s got a simple nod to Fall & Thanksgiving, but versatile enough to use in your home decor all year round.’
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Supplies needed for Thankful Grateful Blessed Pallet Wood Sign with Leather Straps:
- 3 pallet wood pieces about 13 inches long
- 220 grit sandpaper
- White acrylic craft paint
- Foam paint brush
- Matte Mod Podge for my sign making hack
- Adhesive shelf liner / contact paper
- Silhouette Cameo
- 3-in-1 glue
- Leather strips (I used strips about 1/2 wide) – read how to get free leather here!
- If you need to cut the leather to size, you’ll also need a clear acrylic ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Finishing wax or Aerosol sealer
Step 1. Lightly sand pallet wood.
Every time I work with pallet wood, I always give it at least a light sanding with 220 grit sand paper. Sometimes I will sand it down more if the wood is going to be used for furniture (like this outdoor bench or side table). Since this wood is going to be used in a sign, I just wanted to get the rough edges sanded and remove any loose pieces of wood that would cause splinters. I didn’t want to over sand the pallet wood and get rid of all that awesome color that comes with the age.
Step 2. Cut out stencils on Cameo.
The Silhouette Cameo is my godsend when it comes to sign making project like this. I love that I can design stencils in whatever font or size that I want. I definitely think the investment was worth it because I use it all of the time. I used adhesive shelf liner from the Dollar Tree to cut out my stencils with the words “thankful grateful blessed”.
Thankful Grateful Blessed Stencil Cameo Settings:
- Font: Playlist Script
- Font Size: 150
- Cut Settings: Vinyl (no other adjustments made to the Cameo settings)
Step 3. Paint words on pallet wood.
For the full tutorial on how to paint over the stencils WITHOUT having any bleeding under your stencil and getting these nice crisp lines, you want to hop over to this post. This sign making hack has definitely changed the way that I DIY wood signs.
After the paint has dried, you can gently remove the stencils. Seriously, will you just LOOK at those crisp lines on the stencils.
Step 4. Seal painted wood sign.
I rubbed on this finishing paste wax to seal the sign. Alternatively, I also love this spray sealer. It’s so easy to apply and works great too. I usually do 2 coats of this. I use either of these two ways of sealing wood signs every time.
Step 5. Cut leather strips.
Unless you purchased leather already in strips like this, you’ll want to cut your leather down to size. Using a rotary cutter on a cutting mat and holding a clear acrylic ruler in place makes it easy to cut your leather quickly and straight!
Step 6. Tie leather on pallet boards.
This part was a little more confusing and I played around with a few different ways before settling on this. Start by laying your boards out in a vertical row (my order was Thankful, Grateful and then Blessed…but you can do this anyway you’d like). Starting at one of the corners on the bottom board, lay the leather under the board and wrap around to the top and gently tie a knot under the next board up. The middle wood plank will rest on top of this knot. Continue making your way up the boards adding a knot underneath the top board as well for it to rest upon.
Eventually you will need to make your leather strips longer. To do this, I just added a dot of 3-in-1 glue to the leather and held two pieces together…overlapping about half an inch. Hold the glue tightly for about 30 seconds so it sets and then don’t put any heavy weight (like hanging the sign up) for about 24 hours. If you’re still having troubles having it hold, go back and sew some thread through the leather where it connects.
Once you get to the top, stop and go to the other side of the wood planks and start from the opposite wood corner. Continue making your way up in the same manner that you did on the other side. Try to get the boards relatively straight but remember that you can adjust the knots later to get these perfect.
Add excess leather at the top for a hanger and connect the leather together.
Step 7. Secure leather straps to pallet sign.
Once you get the leather just right and the boards are level, you’ll want to secure the leather straps to the pallet wood to prevent the wood from not laying right or shifting around. I just added a small dot of 3-in-1 glue between the leather and the wood. I added glue to each board on the front and back sides. Hold the glued leather to the pallet wood for about 30 seconds until it sets. Then your thankful grateful blessed sign should be ready to go!
I’m mildly obsessed with how thankful grateful blessed pallet wood sign with leather straps turned out. I love how it totally fits in with fall decor and the boho farmhouse style that is totally me.
The words thankful grateful blessed are a daily reminder to me of how incredibly blessed I am.
Leather is the perfect material to add into your fall decor this year. I’ve got more fun leather craft projects comin’ atcha soon giving you some more ideas on how to incorporate leather into your fall decor.
If DIY is not your thing, I get it. I love making home decor like this for people that don’t want to do it themselves. You can buy this thankful grateful blessed pallet wood sign with leather straps over on my Etsy store.
Speaking of Etsy, here are some other amazing fall wood signs for sale over there. If you’re in the market for home decor, you can support small businesses and makers just like me by shopping on Etsy rather than in big box stores. Check out these awesome wood signs for Fall:
Let’s celebrate the reasons we are blessed. What are you most thankful grateful and blessed for in your life?
Let me know in the comments below!!