Hello Jillibean Soup Friends!! It’s Leanne here today, sharing with you a combination wood pallet/chalkboard DIY home décor sign.
Last month, my daughter was involved in a Photography Gallery Night with a Vintage Circus theme. I wanted to add a little Jillibean Soup touch to the event, and therefore created a welcome sign with a difference!
The great thing about this project however, is that once one event is over, you can simply peel off the cardstock letters and recycle the sign using a different phrase!
Here’s a closer look at how I brought this project together.
step 1 | gather supplies
I have used the 10x10 rustic wood plank and layered it directly with the 10x10 chalk surface. I’ve teamed up both surfaces with the gorgeous felt flowers. These three items are the base products for this project. To further inspire fun phrases or messages, I have downloaded a free font from Pinterest that emulates a vintage circus look. To complete my DIY sign, I’ve included a set of battery operated lights. You will also need a hot glue gun & sand paper.
step 2 | creating the right phrase
Creating the right look for your sign using alphas/phrases is as simple as following your theme. I chose this font because of the resemblance to vintage circus posters. As my sign was being using at the front door, I also knew the phrasing had to be just right. Not the usual type of welcome sign but perfect for stepping into a carnival atmosphere!
To get the correct sizing for the surface area on the chalkboard, I broke my phrase up into three lines. Each alpha measures approximately 2” tall. Using washi tape and a ruler, I set up guidelines for spacing and alignment. Once I was happy with the placement, small amounts of double sided tape was used to secure the alphas to the chalkboard.
step 3 | adhering surfaces together
Give the wood plank surface a light sand before the chalkboard is attached. This allows the surface to be clean of debris that might prevent them adhering to each other.
Using a hot glue gun carefully add hot glue to the underside of the chalkboard. Working quickly, align both the chalkboard and the wood plank ensuring that the rope hanger of the wood plank, is at the top. Press down onto a hard surface to ensure that the glue has secured both pieces together.
step 4 | embellishing with lights
The small battery operated light pack was purchased at a craft store. The copper wire is easily manipulated to create a whimsical look. Again, using hot glue, the light feature was added around the outside edge, with the battery box sitting on the inside rim of the wood pallet.
For my vintage circus theme, my project could stop here. But I wanted to add a few extra details to make my DIY sign more versatile for future use.
step 5 | adding final touches
The felt flowers are beautiful embellishments that soften the hard surfaces of both the chalkboard and wood pallet. I have added two, similar in colour to the cardstock letters, to the lower right hand corner.
Simply peel the flowers off their plastic surface and attach directly to the chalkboard.
Remember how I mentioned that I wanted this sign to be versatile? It will be very easy for me to now remove the cardstock letters and add a different project attached with magnets or I could keep it simple by hand writing my messages with chalk.
Thanks for visiting the blog today. I hope I have inspired you to play some more with the Jillibean Soup Mix the Media surfaces.
Felt Flowers: Lots of Lime, Rockin Red
other – cardstock, battery operated lights