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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!

Fall-Decorating-Pallets and ChalkboardsI 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!

measurementsI 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 🙂

attach-shims-with-brad-nailsI used Gorilla Glue Wood Glue and my brad nailer with 5/8″ brad nails to attach shims to the back of 4 boards to form the pallets.

attach-shims-with-finishing-nailsIf 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 🙂

020066208455lgNext, I went with a lighter stain, than usual, to finish the pallets – Light Walnut!  I LOVE it:)  I also used it on my Pallet Wall Art and my DIY Dresser.

staining-woodI 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!

MDI-lettersI purchased these 9″ MDI letters from Hobby Lobby.  If you catch them on sale, they are about $1 each!

Rust-Oleum-Chalkboard-Spray-PaintI sprayed 2-coats of Chalkboard spray paint on each letter.

chalkboard-paint-lettersMake sure to let the paint dry between coats 🙂

distressing-woodWhile I was waiting for the spray paint to dry, I used my Corner Cat to distress the pallets.  I distressed all over, front, sides and edges.

Now for some cuteness 🙂

hot-glue-letterI hot glued 1 letter on each pallet leaving about 1 inch between the bottom of each letter and the bottom of the pallet.

raffia-and-burlapI 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!

tie-raffiaThen 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.

add-rossetteI 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!

rubbing-chalkNow, 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!

Fall-DecorLove it!  I also thought it would be fun to have my family list things we are thankful for on each letter – so we did 🙂 How cool does this chalkboard sign look!


Easy-Fall-DecorFall-Decorating-Pallets and ChalkboardsI’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 chalkboard sign as much as I do!  If you do, we would appreciate your shares and pins!

Happy Fall!


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  2. Exactly what I was looking for to use some reclaimed wood from my husband’s family’s 120 year old homestead. Great for upcoming Father’s Day. Awesome job!

  3. Just finished my first attempt making this beautiful Fall sign. My only problem is getting the letters to stick to the wood with hot glue. Any tips?
    I love your site and looking forward to tackling more projects.

  4. I’ve never tried something like this but you have inspired me! Thanks for sharing your creativity 🙂

  5. I pinned your FALL wall decor project and it’s now been repinned 201 times. Hope it’s driving traffic to your very creative blog!

  6. This turned out really good, I like the idea of having the chalkboard on the letters so you can add your own messages. ~ Lisa

  7. I love this! I am always looking for small projects to quench my diy bug in between my bigger builds, and I am so ready for fall. I feel like if I decorate it will come faster. 🙂 thanks for all your great plans.

  8. Love this! Such a clever idea! Today finally feels like fall in Atlanta – I guess it’s time to bust out the fall decorations 😉

  9. YA’LL ARE SOOO AWESOME!! I know what you mean about the weather being close to 100 degrees, i live in San Antonio, and believe me, it aint even CLOSE to fall here, yet!! keep’em comin’ girls!!