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Last Minute Dad’s Day DIY

Beer Tray for Dad
June is flying by and we can’t believe Father’s Day is already this weekend.  Wasn’t it just Mother’s Day? 2014 please slooooow down…
We’re both excited to spend some quality time with our own fabulous fathers this weekend, and if you’re gonna spend the day with your own Pops, you may want to bring him a custom/personalized/one-of-a-kind/unique gift! Nothing says “thanks for raising me and loving me all my life” like a non-store bought gift. Show your love (and show off your DIY skills!) with one of our easy projects. We promise you can complete any of these projects in time to toast Dad this Sunday!
Here are some oldies, but goodies…
Bourbon bottle soap dispenser
Make a Wordle <—You can definitely make this one a bit more “manly” for your Dad.
String Art
Personalized String Art <—His favorite sports team logo? His monogram? There are so many opportunities to personalize this project.
Mini hamburger cookies
Scrabble Tile Coasters (spell out a word that describes your dad, his favorite hobby, or maybe even his last name). The possibilities are endless!!
Paint Can Planters

Okay, so maybe you’d much rather BUY than DIY…don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
We would like to welcome our newest sponsor Long Eared Designs. Lauren runs this adorable Etsy shop, where she specializes in hand painted trays. They’re fun and totally one of a kind. Lauren takes custom orders, so if you’re looking for a unique Father’s Day gift…this just might be the option for you. How about a cool tray for a man cave? Or a tray showing off his favorite beers? Get creative and personal with a tray from Long Eared Designs.
So there’s our little round-up! We’ve certainly got a wide variety of projects and hopefully one of them will appeal to the man in your life. A big shout out to our own wonderful dads who show us their unconditional love and support each and every day.  We hope you take some time this weekend to show your own father some TLC.
Cheers to all of the fabulous dads out there!
Bridget and Casey DIY Playbook
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Paint Can Planter

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With Father’s Day quickly approaching, I thought I would stick to tradition and make my favorite dad a little something to personally thank him for not only for being the most amazing man I know, but also, to start to re-pay him for being the most influential DIY coach/fan/assistant I have in my life.
Any question, hesitation, concern, or disaster I get myself into thanks to my lack of DIY knowledge, you can bet that I have my dad to thank for immediately stepping in to help clean up the pieces and get me back on track… all without a bit of hesitation. For the first time in a long time (probably since last year’s gift to be exact), he is on the receiving end of this DIY and not the working end of it. For that reason alone, I know he will LOVE it!
For my favorite DIY coach, I opted to create these paint can planters for him to add to his beloved patio. Not only do these fun lil’ planters capture a mini snapshot of all the DIY aid and assistance my dad tirelessly lends me, but the paint cans also represent him as the hardworking professional he is. Painting Contractor by day; dad, husband, son, brother, coach, therapist, comedian, DIY-er, landscaper, selfless gentleman by night. I hope that when he looks at these sloppy little paint cans, he remembers how thankful all three of his little angels are for everything he does for us- even after a long day of work.
But onto the real question, how can I make one of these myself? Let’s chat about that, first by emphasizing the most important information you will need to know to re-create your own: you do NOT need any artistic talent to successfully re-create these- so get that out of your mind right now. I repeat, you do NOT need any art skills to make one of these adorable paint can planters… You can do this!

All you really need is:

  • 2 paint cans (You can find them for around $4 in the paint section of your local hardware store)
  • Pencil (Sketch the outline of your paint drops)
  • 2 mini paint brushes (one for each color)
  • Paint (Update: I used acrylic paint for this project but would NOT recommend it because of the contact it may have with water. I would recommend using REAL paint. To save money- try & score the mini paint samples at your local hardware store instead of an entire quart)
  • Plants (I used 4 different succulents so my dad won’t have to worry about watering them, and  they seemed a little more “manly”)
  • Soil

The paint drip design really is just as random as it looks. I tentatively sketched an outline of the paint drips on the cans, but really had no specific game plan in mind. As I painted, some of the paint dripped outside of the sketched lines, which worked even more perfectly! My advice on the actual sketching/painting… go with the flow. I have almost no artistic ability at all… so if I can make it look like dripping paint so can you. I promise.

I did use a thick layer of paint to cover the silver bucket. After painting the yellow can, I would recommend using a darker color if possible. I mean, the yellow was do-able, but the green covered easier and was more forgiving with the brush strokes in the long run. Just my opinion though…

Personally, I like that the mini can only had two drips, while the larger can had lots of drips. I think the yellow looks more realistic, which is a bonus since that “look” is super easy to sketch. But as always, do whatever fits your style.

Because these cans were going to double as planters, I added a little drainage hole to the bottom of each using a drill.

Then, I filled these puppies up with some potting soil & topped them off with some succulents. The succulents seem like the perfect mix of manly and low maintenance. I envision my dad adding these to his patio, but hey… maybe he’ll opt to put them inside his office instead?! Whichever he chooses, I hope he loves his new paint cans. Maybe when he retires, we can create a whole garden of paint can planters with his old supplies?! That’ll probably take some convincing…
Happy Father’s Day to one heck of a DIY coach! Once you retire, maybe you can join the DIY Playbook full-time? Think about it…
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Easy Steps to Create a Pallet Sign

Patio Reveal Door

While Casey was presenting her dad with an over-the-top, personalized gift, I was racking my brain on how I could create an all-star gift that was personal to my dad. What do you get for a guy that doesn’t ever want anything?

After some serious brainstorming, I narrowed down my DIY ideas to this: something he could add to the space that he adores the most- his beloved backyard.
With lots of intimidation and quite a bit of hesitation, I decided to create a pallet sign to add to his patio. (Enter some serious muscle).

I enlisted my better half to carry this way-heavier-than-I-expected pallet home from a dumpster nearby. (I say “nearby” loosely… more like 1/2 mile of trucking this thing home). Poor Matt, such a team player.

After we he got this bad boy home, we got to work tearing the wood apart.

I know this is the man of my dreams when I see him knee deep in DIY still rocking his Sperry’s.

Needless to say, the muscle part of this duo took care of most of this demolition as well.

Thanks to Matthew, we were left with some weathered pallet wood that would eventually make up the Pallet Sign.

We laid out a rough draft of the sign and decided that the tiny pallet leftovers just weren’t sturdy enough to back this heavy sign. We headed to Home Depot to buy some new wood.

But first, these dangerously scary nails needed to go. With the back of a hammer and some more muscle (ohhh Maaaattttttt), we got those bad boys out in no time.

To identify how big our strips of wood needed to be @ Home Depot, the project manager did some measuring.

Since the whole sign was 21 inches long, we picked out one long strip of wood and had it cut down (for free) to 20 inches. The total at Home Depot for the wood, a whopping 97 cents.

After we did some more measuring and re-adjusting, we were ready to nail. One pallet board at a time, we leveled, nailed, nailed, nailed, nailed, nailed, nailed and repeated the process over and over and over again.

Until we were done!!

Sturdy? Check. Level? Check. Proud? Check, check double check!

Now, the fun part- adding a “little” finish to the already weathered pallet strips. I didn’t want to add a fresh coat of pure paint onto this sign because I figured that would eliminate the vintage charm this wood already offers. However, without a little color I knew the wood was just too unfinished for my dad’s style. The compromise: watering down paint to give it a vintage washed look.

I used a small jar of an old paint sample for my paint base. #hugemoneysaver. Instead of buying an entire gallon, Home Depot will create a sample of any paint color you choose for around $3. How could you beat that?

Before I took my (paint + water) concoction to the pallet sign, I sampled it on a piece of leftover wood. If you want the darker look, use less paint. I wanted my finish to be a little lighter, so I added more water to the paint. There’s no rhyme or reason to my mixture, I just kept adding a little bit of water until the consistency was exactly what I was looking for. It’s sort of like creating the perfect pancake mix… kinda?

Some of the pallet wood absorbed more of the paint than others; giving those strips a darker look. Clearly each strip looks a little different, which was A-ok with me! The more weathered charm, the better.

Making a sign out of pallet wood

The next step: adding some words! I traced some letters that I printed off the of computer with a pencil.

I filled in the lines with a few itty-bitty artsy paintbrushes and some white paint.

White paint and paintbrushes

About an hour and a half later, I was so excited to present this treasure to my pops.

How to make a pallet sign
Pallet Sign with paint
All I have to do is add a bow and present this one-of-a-kind artwork to the real DIY Master…. my dad.
(Dad, if you’re reading this…. skip this part)

  • Pallet Wood……… Free
  • Backing Wood…. $0.97
  • Nails………………. $1.30
  • Paint………………. already had it
  • paint brushes……. already had them
  • Total Cost: $2.27

A personalized gift….. Priceless

Happy belated Father’s Day to the best dad in the world. Not only have you taught us girls how to become independent young ladies, you have SHOWN us what it means to be a selfless parent, hardworking professional, amazing husband, and most importantly…. a good person. Thank you.

bridget P.S. Here are a few more pallet signs we’ve created…Patio Reveal PalletBe-Happy-Sign
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27 thoughts on “Easy Steps to Create a Pallet Sign

  1. Chelsea Williams

    We’ve been collecting pallets for some wedding DIYs and we found that the easiest way to get a pallet apart is to use a sawzall (with recruitment from the Groom-to-Be, of course!) to saw straight through the nails. It’s mind blowingly quick and EASY! Just a tip for future pallet projects! 🙂

    Reply
  2. DIY Playbook

    uhhhh…. GENIUS!! Thanks Chelsea, I’m so thankful for this tip! Even more importantly, my groom-to-be thanks you for saving him countless hours of manual labor in the garage.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Reply
  3. Kelly

    Such a fab sign! Nice work! One question, how did you attach it to the brick wall (or to a stucco-type outdoor wall in my case), any suggestions? Thanks!

    Reply
  4. DIY Playbook

    Thanks Kelly! TO hang this sucker, I used some simple hooks from Home Depot. I picked the hook size that would hold the weight of the sign and nailed the hooks onto the back of the sign evenly across from one another. Then I bought nails, used specifically for brick, and just hung the pallet outside… just like I would any other picture.

    I hope this helps! Good luck. and PS. We’d love to see your final creation.

    Reply
  5. Brad

    I want to make a sign just like this for my son’s room, what is the name of the brown color paint you used. I want it to look exactly like yours? Thank you!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      I used a brown paint sample to save money and honestly I don’t remember the name… I just remember that it was the color of chocolate. To get the “washed out/weathered” look, I mixed about 90% water to 10% paint together in a cup. Then I painted on that mixture until I got the look I loved. <– hope this helps!! Good luck, I'm sure your son will LOVE the pallet sign.

    1. Sunny M

      I love this sign!!! I have a canvas with the lyrics to the song 🙂 I would love to make this too!

  6. Ambra Porter Richardson

    I started collecting pallets and (husband does the lifting too) I have so many creative ideas to use them for but I am amateur at doing d.i.y so I’ve been hesitating doing them but your tutorial was so unbelievably easy and thorough in the step by step process I finally feel confident to give them a try! I also love your outdoor herringbone fall rug that I will also be doing! Thank you for all the inspiration! I Will continue following and look forward to your future creations!

    Reply
  7. Chae Vick

    Hi Bridget!! This post is a god send!! I’m creating a pallet sign as a christmas gift and I was completely stumped as to how I would be applying the lettering (till now, thank you very much)! How did you get the letters to come out completely attached/together in that size? I’m just trying to save a trip to the sign printing store.

    Thanks again!! Ur a genius lol

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Aw, thanks Chae! I appreciate the kind words. I actually used a large sheet of paper and a projector screen to get the design I wanted. But if you don’t have access to that, drawing your design on a large poster should do the trick.

    1. DIY Playbook

      I used a brown paint sample to save money and honestly I don’t remember the name… I just remember that it was the color of chocolate. To get the “washed out/weathered” look, I mixed about 90% water to 10% paint together in a cup. Then I painted on that mixture until I got the look I loved.

  8. Sunny M

    I am planning on making a pallet sign as the ‘memorial’ at my wedding. This tutorial has given me some ideas on how to go ahead with making it. Thanks!

    Reply
  9. Deborah Kelley Warren

    Hello, thank you for detailed demo on the pallet sign. Question you may think is dumber than dumb but I’m a first timer with pallets. I’m wanting to make a bench & coffee table for back patio. My fiance dad is coming down in less than a week to play golf tournament. He’s old military style even though his house is over ran with antiques antiques more antiques hell still find time nagging at my fiance. I’ve been saying for a while now I wanted to do this and today finally got me a load of big and small pallets. Now if I could get any help in this MATTER ID BE MOST APPRECIATIVE. I JUST MOVED IN HERE A YEAR AGO AND HIS GARAGE IS A HUGE CLUTTER OF A MESS. THOUGH I HATE TO ADMIT BUT I HAVE NO ORGANIZATION WHAT SO EVER!!!! 😱😭😭😬😅😅😂😝😱😭😢😮😦😕😧😟😙😗. sounds like I need some serious get it together but for now I’ll take any advise on pallets. Ty much hope everyone has a fabulous weekend

    Reply
  10. angela

    What is a good sturdy way to hang a pallet sign that will be holding wine glasses? I am wondering what to use on the back of the sign??]

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      We used a piece of wood across on the back to hang it. Just be sure you use anchors or drill the pallet right into studs so it can support the weight of the wine glasses. Good luck!

  11. Ashlei

    I have been wanting to make a pallet sign but never knew how everyone made them… But I was just wondering if the wall décor stickers would work for any wording that you would want to use? I would love to make one or a couple for my wedding or even just for a craft project… Had any one used them type of stickers?

    Reply

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27 thoughts on “Easy Steps to Create a Pallet Sign

  1. Chelsea Williams

    We’ve been collecting pallets for some wedding DIYs and we found that the easiest way to get a pallet apart is to use a sawzall (with recruitment from the Groom-to-Be, of course!) to saw straight through the nails. It’s mind blowingly quick and EASY! Just a tip for future pallet projects! 🙂

    Reply
  2. DIY Playbook

    uhhhh…. GENIUS!! Thanks Chelsea, I’m so thankful for this tip! Even more importantly, my groom-to-be thanks you for saving him countless hours of manual labor in the garage.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Reply
  3. Kelly

    Such a fab sign! Nice work! One question, how did you attach it to the brick wall (or to a stucco-type outdoor wall in my case), any suggestions? Thanks!

    Reply
  4. DIY Playbook

    Thanks Kelly! TO hang this sucker, I used some simple hooks from Home Depot. I picked the hook size that would hold the weight of the sign and nailed the hooks onto the back of the sign evenly across from one another. Then I bought nails, used specifically for brick, and just hung the pallet outside… just like I would any other picture.

    I hope this helps! Good luck. and PS. We’d love to see your final creation.

    Reply
  5. Brad

    I want to make a sign just like this for my son’s room, what is the name of the brown color paint you used. I want it to look exactly like yours? Thank you!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      I used a brown paint sample to save money and honestly I don’t remember the name… I just remember that it was the color of chocolate. To get the “washed out/weathered” look, I mixed about 90% water to 10% paint together in a cup. Then I painted on that mixture until I got the look I loved. <– hope this helps!! Good luck, I'm sure your son will LOVE the pallet sign.

    1. Sunny M

      I love this sign!!! I have a canvas with the lyrics to the song 🙂 I would love to make this too!

  6. Ambra Porter Richardson

    I started collecting pallets and (husband does the lifting too) I have so many creative ideas to use them for but I am amateur at doing d.i.y so I’ve been hesitating doing them but your tutorial was so unbelievably easy and thorough in the step by step process I finally feel confident to give them a try! I also love your outdoor herringbone fall rug that I will also be doing! Thank you for all the inspiration! I Will continue following and look forward to your future creations!

    Reply
  7. Chae Vick

    Hi Bridget!! This post is a god send!! I’m creating a pallet sign as a christmas gift and I was completely stumped as to how I would be applying the lettering (till now, thank you very much)! How did you get the letters to come out completely attached/together in that size? I’m just trying to save a trip to the sign printing store.

    Thanks again!! Ur a genius lol

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Aw, thanks Chae! I appreciate the kind words. I actually used a large sheet of paper and a projector screen to get the design I wanted. But if you don’t have access to that, drawing your design on a large poster should do the trick.

    1. DIY Playbook

      I used a brown paint sample to save money and honestly I don’t remember the name… I just remember that it was the color of chocolate. To get the “washed out/weathered” look, I mixed about 90% water to 10% paint together in a cup. Then I painted on that mixture until I got the look I loved.

  8. Sunny M

    I am planning on making a pallet sign as the ‘memorial’ at my wedding. This tutorial has given me some ideas on how to go ahead with making it. Thanks!

    Reply
  9. Deborah Kelley Warren

    Hello, thank you for detailed demo on the pallet sign. Question you may think is dumber than dumb but I’m a first timer with pallets. I’m wanting to make a bench & coffee table for back patio. My fiance dad is coming down in less than a week to play golf tournament. He’s old military style even though his house is over ran with antiques antiques more antiques hell still find time nagging at my fiance. I’ve been saying for a while now I wanted to do this and today finally got me a load of big and small pallets. Now if I could get any help in this MATTER ID BE MOST APPRECIATIVE. I JUST MOVED IN HERE A YEAR AGO AND HIS GARAGE IS A HUGE CLUTTER OF A MESS. THOUGH I HATE TO ADMIT BUT I HAVE NO ORGANIZATION WHAT SO EVER!!!! 😱😭😭😬😅😅😂😝😱😭😢😮😦😕😧😟😙😗. sounds like I need some serious get it together but for now I’ll take any advise on pallets. Ty much hope everyone has a fabulous weekend

    Reply
  10. angela

    What is a good sturdy way to hang a pallet sign that will be holding wine glasses? I am wondering what to use on the back of the sign??]

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      We used a piece of wood across on the back to hang it. Just be sure you use anchors or drill the pallet right into studs so it can support the weight of the wine glasses. Good luck!

  11. Ashlei

    I have been wanting to make a pallet sign but never knew how everyone made them… But I was just wondering if the wall décor stickers would work for any wording that you would want to use? I would love to make one or a couple for my wedding or even just for a craft project… Had any one used them type of stickers?

    Reply

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Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser

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Like most men, my dad is into “swill.”

Yep, we’re an Irish family and we definitely like to get our swill on.

Lately my dad is digging bourbon whiskey. Single malt, single barrel…I don’t really know much about the stuff…but I do know that he loves it! So I thought it would only be fitting that his Father’s Day gift reflects his drink of choice.

Consider this project a “DIY for a guy!”

Your first step will be to actually find and purchase the perfect bottle. Finn and I ventured to a local alcohol mecca (this place is legit huuuuge!) to try and find a cool-looking bottle.

Our must-haves? Not too large. Glass. Cool Design. We knew we would be taking the label off because when it gets wet (which it will because it is a soap dispenser!) the colors could run and it would be a mess. So we wanted the glass to say the name of the alcohol, instead of just the label.

We found this Captain Morgan bottle for Finn’s bathroom (he wanted in on the DIY action too!)
Captain Morgan Private Stock Bottle

After you find the right bottle. Drink the entire contents in one sitting. Then break out the power tools.

Goo Gone and captain morgan

Kidding. Just want to make sure you guys are following along. (We simply poured the rum into a separate decanter that we will slowly drink)

Once you have a clean and empty bottle, use goo gone to peel the label off of the glass bottle.

Empty Captain Morgan Bottle
Goo gone is like magic. That stuff works wonders!
Target Soap Dispenser

I then had to find a soap pump that fit the bottle. After doing some research, I concluded that many pumps are similar in size. I decided to go with this one, simply because it was on sale at Target and I liked the dark, shiny color.

In order to get the pump to stay in the bottle, you’ll need to use a cork.

I went with the cork that came with the original Captain bottle.

Knife and cork

I chopped off the pretty wood top.

Drilling hole through cork

And then drilled a large hole through the cork until it fit the pump.

Cork on soap pump

It took a little finagling to get it on there, but it ended up working out just fine.

Our guest bathroom now has enough soap to last a lifetime #seriouslythatthingishuge

I ended up using the purple soap dispenser (with no top) as a vase. Win, win!

The swords and text that reads “Captain Morgan” is very subtle on the glass. Which I really like! Way better than booze right in your face! Just a touch of manliness right?
While the rum bottle went into our own guest bathroom…I made a bourbon whiskey bottle for my dad.
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
Now I think this bottle is really cool!
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
I especially love how it says “bourbon whiskey” right on the front.
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
This unique soap dispenser makes a pretty awesome Father’s Day gift if I do say so myself!
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
A green bow was all this gift needed.
Bourbon Bottle Soap Dispenser
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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Ah! I super love this idea! More than my mason jar one I have now…. looks like it’s time for another project 🙂

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  2. Damaged Goods Improv

    Thanks for the tips. I had been wanting to make one of these for a year an didn’t realize how simple it was until I ran across your site. I used some shalack on the labels so they would be water resistant and my guests could see the brand I prefer in case they want to buy more. I also found just the pump and straw mechanism at Bed Bath and Beyond for $3. No need to buy a whole soap dispenser. Thanks again! Drew from KY.

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  3. sam

    do you have a link on how to do that mason jar thing suspended in the bathroom holding your toothpaste and such?

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Ah! I super love this idea! More than my mason jar one I have now…. looks like it’s time for another project 🙂

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  2. Damaged Goods Improv

    Thanks for the tips. I had been wanting to make one of these for a year an didn’t realize how simple it was until I ran across your site. I used some shalack on the labels so they would be water resistant and my guests could see the brand I prefer in case they want to buy more. I also found just the pump and straw mechanism at Bed Bath and Beyond for $3. No need to buy a whole soap dispenser. Thanks again! Drew from KY.

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  3. sam

    do you have a link on how to do that mason jar thing suspended in the bathroom holding your toothpaste and such?

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