Faux Pallet Valentine’s Day Sign

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Faux Pallet Valentine’s Day Sign . . . you don’t need a pallet to make this fun Valentine’s Day decor. It’s made of foam!

I love the look of pallet wood signs, but I have never been able to actually find a free pallet to use. Anywhere. My Valentine’s Day decor is lacking, and I really wanted to make something to display. Thanks to FloraCraft®, I was able to make a faux pallet Valentine’s Day sign. And I didn’t even have to rip any boards apart!!

Valentine's Day Sign with Bunting

In years past, most of my Valentine’s Day decor has been red and white. This year I decided to throw a little pink into the mix. I’ve never painted anything ombre before, but I think it is such a fun look. I had plenty of pink paint leftover from Rachel’s room, and I knew it would be just perfect for this project.

I really love how it turned out! I had a dickens of a time getting a great photo, it is actually much prettier in real life. Love it!

Faux Wood Valentine's Day Sign Tutorial

 

One bonus of working with foam sheets is that they are sooo lightweight. I was able to just glue a piece of string on the back, and the sign hangs easily from a tiny nail. Couldn’t be easier!

 DIY Faux Pallet Valentine’s Day Sign

Supplies:
-One 1″  x 12″ x 36″  FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet
FloraCraft® Styro Cutter  (or a knife)
-80z jar of Smooth Finish
Sandpaper
-Paint and paint brushes
-Stencil or chipboard letters
-Paintchips or scraps of paper
-String
-Hot Glue and Glue Gun
-Tape

-Measure your piece of styrofoam to the size you want. I wanted mine square, so I cut it down to 12×12″. I used the StyroCutter® Plus, which is amazing for cutting styrofoam. It melts through it just like magic, and it is so fun to use!  But if you don’t have one, you can use a knife. After I cut my square out, I marked three lines 3″ apart to make four sections.
Using styrofoam to make faux wood pallet-Next you need to make grooves in the styrofoam to mimic the look of pallet wood. Yep, that’s right, you don’t even have to cut all the way through! This is where the cutter is super helpful. It just melts through the styrofoam and leaves a perfect ridge.
Faux pallet signNext up you want to spread the Smooth Finish over the surface of your styrofoam. I used a putty knife and it worked great. I used some on the sides as well, and I used every last drop in the tub. It doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth, pallet wood sure isn’t! After you get it smoothed on, make sure you scrape out the ridges that you created.
How to make a faux wood sign out of styrofoamAfter it’s totally dry, give it a good sanding to smooth out the rough spots. I let mine dry overnight.
Ombre Valentine Sign

Now it’s time to paint! I already had pink paint from my daughter’s bedroom makeover, so I just added white to it to get the various shades.
Faux Pallet Valentine's Day Sign TutorialNow you get to add your words. I liked “Love Never Fails” for my sign, but you can do whatever the heck you want! I stenciled my words on, but you can paint them by hand, or use chipboard letters if you prefer.
Stenciled DIY Valentine Sign TutorialAfter my paint was dry -it only takes a few minutes- I carefully pulled off the vinyl. Look at those crisp lines!
Valentine Sign with Heart Bunting-005I decided to add a little bunting to the corner of my sign. I simply cut some hearts out of paint chips and glued them to a piece of string. Then I just taped the string to the back of the sign. Easy peasy!
DIY Valentine's Day SignI totally loved this technique, and I see more faux pallet signs in my future! 🙂
DIY Valentine Sign

You can find more foam craft project inspiration over at the Make It: Fun site. Some of my favorite bloggers have even shared projects there. 🙂

Disclaimer: I was given supplies from FloraCraft® and compensated for this post. The project idea and instructions are all mine. 


Comments

  1. Kimberly R Dubs says:

    How do you make the stencil?

    • I used my Silhouette machine to cut the vinyl. You can use a purchased stencil, or use chipboard letters instead if you prefer.

  2. Oh my gosh, this all started with Styrofoam? This is totally cute and I need more valentine decor and could totally handle making this!

    • I know, it’s crazy right? I was a little worried it wouldn’t turn out, but I totally love it. You could definitely handle it!

  3. I love this! It’s adorable! The pink ombre paint is such a pretty choice. Thank you!

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