Make Your Own Thanksgiving “Be Grateful” Pallet Art

Back in February, I made a super inexpensive and large piece of pallet art for Valentine’s Day.  Since the colors were in the scheme of my current living room pallet I have left it up all year round.  I decided to tackle the project again and give it a little Thanksgiving spin with the words “Be Grateful.” {I know I skipped right over Halloween and onto Thanksgiving.  HA!}  I never want to be limited by the holiday decor so I made it without any leaves or autumn colors. This project is really easy and cost less than $10!


In order to build the pallet frame check out the instructions on my Love Pallet Art.  All you need is a saw, some nails and cheap $.75 wood shims from Lowes.


or if you don’t want to build one and want to make a mini “Be Grateful” pallet art from a prefabbed pallet check out this post.


1.  After it was built, I gave it a quick coat of pre-wood conditioner.  Then I stained this one a little darker than the LOVE Pallet art and used Minwax Special Walnut. I think it is my new fave.

2. I let that dry overnight, then I cut out the “Be Grateful” out of contact paper with my Silhouette Cameo machine (just make sure you set the cut depth to 7 on the actual settings).

If you are interested in the file I made it available for you. I transferred the contact paper to the wood pallet art and then pressed it down really hard to allow it to stick well.

Tip: Since it is a large surface area you will have to piece the design together since you can only cut a width of 12” on the Cameo machine.


3.  Then I used some Silver Metallic Martha Stewart craft paint I had in my stash as well as a Martha Stewart pouncer brush and just pounced the paint on.  While it was still wet I removed the contact paper to reveal perfectly stenciled words.



I followed that up with some sandpaper on the edges of each of the wood slats to distress it a little.



Simple and easy (if you aren’t afraid of a miter saw) Thanksgiving art that can be used year round.  Cuz that’s how I roll.


Other projects in the above picture: painted striped curtains, ombre painted lamp.


thanksgiving be grateful sign pallet art