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Hey there! I’m so excited to share my first DIY fall decor project today! It’s been a little hard to get into the fall spirit this year with our near 100 degree temps but I finally got the itch!
I came up with this cute little design made from 1×3’s and MDI letters! I spent under $15 for the entire project and it was super quick and easy 🙂 My kind of DIY!
Here’s how I made it!
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I purchased 2 – 1×3’s @ 10 ft. long (you can buy furring strips for this project to save money) and I cut 16 pieces at 14″. If you don’t have a saw you can purchase this hand saw and miter box below for this project. It’s a great saw for little projects like this 🙂
I used Gorilla Glue Wood Glue and my Ryobi Airstrike with 5/8″ brad nails to attach shims to the back of 4 boards to form the pallets.
If you don’t have a brad nailer, you can use a hammer, wood glue and 5/8″ finishing nails. I tried it on one pallet and it worked great, it just takes a little more time 🙂
I just wiped one coat on with a foam brush, let it sit for 5 minutes and then wiped with a clean cloth. Don’t wipe the stain away, just make sure the stain is evenly spread over the boards.
While the stain dried, I got busy working on the letters!
I purchased these 9″ MDI letters from Hobby Lobby. If you catch them on sale, they are about $1 each!
I sprayed 2-coats of Rust-oleum Chalkboard spray paint on each letter.
Make sure to let the paint dry between coats 🙂
While I was waiting for the spray paint to dry, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat to distress the pallets. I distressed all over, front, sides and edges.
Now for some cuteness 🙂
I hot glued 1 letter on each pallet. I left about 1 inch between the bottom of each letter and the bottom of the pallet.
I also used scrap burlap (you can purchase it at Hobby Lobby or a local fabric store) and I purchased raffia at Hobby Lobby to finish these babies off!
I grabbed a bunch of raffia strands, wrapped them around the top of each pallet and tied a knot between the first and second boards.
I then used hot glue to attach a burlap rosette on top of the knot and I snipped the extra raffia, with scissors, about an inch from the knot. You can click HERE for an easy tutorial to make these rosettes!
Now, to give the letters the true chalkboard look, I rubbed a piece of chalk all over the letters and wiped them down with a paper towel!
Love it! I also thought it would be fun to have my family list things we are thankful for on each letter – so we did 🙂
I’m totally loving my first DIY fall decor of the season and I think it’s just what I need to shake the 100 degree temps and get into fall 🙂
I hope you love this as much as I do! If you do, we would appreciate your shares and pins!