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DIY Light-Up Pallet Harvest Sign

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DIY Light-Up Pallet Harvest Sign

I’m so excited on how my rustic, light-up, harvest sign turned out!  It’s warm, twinkly lights absolutely dazzles up anywhere that I place it, and it’s definitely perfect for any dark corners that needs a little more illumination.  It looks awesome either placed out on a porch, or even in your home!


DIY Light-Up Pallet Harvest Sign Tutorial:

  1. Hand drill with bits
  2. Chop saw
  3. Tape measure
  4. Scissors
  1. No-shine matte acrylic paint (I used a pumpkin orange for my letters and a rusty red for the leaf)
  2. Paint sponge applicator
  3. Hot Glue Gun (to secure lights and battery pack)
  4. Large Letter Stencils (I also used a leaf stencil to replace my ‘A’)
  5. Four 1 x 3s at 3ft 10 1/2in long
  6. Two 1 x 1s at 8 1/2in long
  7. Two 1 x3s at 3ft 10 1/2in long
  8. A few mending brackets (to straighten any warped boards)
  9. String of fairy lights with the mini bulbs in warm white color (a string of 30)  I bought mine HERE
  10. A 3 inch strip of Sticky-backed Velcro (to secure battery pack on back of board)

Battery powered lights vs. Plug-in lights:   Since I prefer having both options of either using batteries to run my lights, or having a cord that plugs into a socket (which will save my batteries), I ordered myself a SWITCH IT plug in (shown in below pic).  This way I can use my batteries for times when my sign is on display where there’s no electric plug-in socket.  If there IS an electric socket nearby, I simply take my batteries out, put in the ‘fake’ batteries (that are attached to my SWITCH IT plug), then plug it into the socket!  (It’s so easy, I just love this thing!)  You can order one HERE.

Let’s get started!

Lay out the 1x4s

Make a frame by screwing on the 1 x 1s with the wood screws (remember those pilot holes!)

My boards were a little warped so I screwed on a couple of mending plates (Having the wood straight makes it easier to stencil on the letters later on)

Flip the board over and paint on my  DIY wood stain

Let it dry

Lay the stencils out how you want them

Dip painting sponge into paint and dab off excess before applying

I use a ‘dabbing’ motion when I paint on stencils…

Spray on a clear matte coat of enamel

Flip the board to the back and mark evenly where you want your lights, by drilling through with a teensy tiny drill bit (The tiny bit will avoid splintering the front of your board)

(This is the finished product of how the lights and wires look from the back.  Make sure you drill the holes close enough together so that the lights will reach each hole…you’ll want a little extra slack of wire in-between lights)

Flip the board over and you should see your tiny holes where your lights will be

Find a drill bit that’s the same diameter as the mini light bulbs

Drill each hole down through the front of the board

Now insert the lights through the back of the board.  I started at the bottom so that I’d end at the bottom

On the back, dab a little hot glue over each hole to secure lights

I hot glued some Velcro onto the back of the battery pack and also the board to hang the pack

Now just turn those lights on and you’re ready to dazzle everyone!

Happy Fall!!!

You can see my DIY Light-Up Pallet Harvest Sign at the linky parties below:
























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  1. Amanda

    What a great idea to add lights to this sign! I haven’t see any others quite like this. You also have such detailed directions that even I can understand how to make one. Thank you for sharing this Tiffany!

  2. So fun for fall! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  3. What a great idea and an awesome tutorial. I am so delighted that I saw this post since I did not know about the Switch plug that goes from battery operated to being plugged in. I ordered 2.
    Stop by Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop since you are being featured.

    • Tee

      Hi Bev!

      Oh my goodness, I’m flattered to be featured on your site! I absolutely love the battery-to-plug adapter…I too had to buy more than one! Thanks a bunch and I’ll swing by!

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