Make this simple faux pallet sign with your favorite lyrics, quote, or image for a meaningful addition to your home decor.
As Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, it’s really made me think about how lucky I am to have two boys in my life who love me and that I love dearly. But this week I really started thinking about how amazing my husband really is, especially after last week’s feed the soul retreat when he dropped everything and watched our toddler just so I could go.
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A couple of years back we read the book The Five Languages of Love and that book taught me something – sometimes we need to rethink what love is and how to show love. If you’ve never read it, the book talks about the five languages of love people speak in and how we often speak in different ones, so that’s why it’s so hard for us to understand each other. So for instance, if I spoke in the language of gifts and my husband spoke in the love language of quality time, we may misunderstand each other’s displays of love because they don’t speak our language. So if I gave my husband the most creative gift but didn’t spend time with him during the week, he may feel unloved. And if I spent every waking hour with my husband but he never bought me a surprise gift or flowers, I may feel unloved.
I agree that everyone has their inherent or learned (I swear it’s from how they were raised) love language but after a year of counseling for depression, there’s something else I learned. It doesn’t matter what love language we natively speak in, we can all learn another language as well. And we can all speak another language just as fluently as our native language. My husband and I had many conversations about our different “languages” and how certain things didn’t make us feel loved, but it wasn’t until we realized this point – that we can learn and speak other languages, that it really sunk in and made a difference. So instead of buying my husband an extravagant gift for Christmas, I made him this awesome date deck that promises a date every single week. And so far it’s been amazing. And my husband for Christmas gave me the super creative gift that I was always hoping he would come up with.
So anyway, that’s a long drawn out way to say that right now I am super appreciative of the man who’s stuck it out with me through thick and thin, the best of times, and the worst of times, and I still can’t believe we’ll be celebrating 10 years of marriage this year. Instead of doing something in the traditional pink or red for Valentine’s Day, I decided to make something more meaningful in our home colors, something that I can keep up all year long.
This month’s FloraCraft® Make It Fun: Team Challenge was to use FloraCraft® Make It Fun: Foam Sheets to use home decor you couldn’t make with a typical canvas. I’ve always wanted to create my own pallet art to hang up in my house but wanted one that is small enough to fit on the little wall in my living room, which a typical wood pallet won’t. Enter FloraCraft® Make It Fun: Foam Sheets. Foam in general is amazing but the foam sheets are life-changing and if you don’t believe me, just check out these awesome projects the rest of the team made this month. You can seriously make. all. the. things!
Making this faux pallet art was a little time-consuming because each layer has to dry completely but other than the time, it was so easy to make. And because I was going for the rustic distressed look, it doesn’t even have to be perfectly smooth or even. That’s the look I was going for and made this project even easier.
Foam Faux Pallet Sign Tutorial
- FloraCraft® Make It Fun: Foam Sheets
- FloraCraft® Smooth Finish
- FloraCraft® 3-Piece Tool Set
- FloraCraft® Styro Cutter Plus
- Dark colored craft paint (e.g., turquoise)
- Light colored craft paint (e.g., white)
- Third craft paint color that contrasts with the light color (e.g., black)
- Measuring Tape
- Paint trays or paper plates (to hold the paint)
- Plastic tablecloth or plastic tarp (to paint on)
- Sand paper or sand paper block
First things first, cut your FloraCraft® Make It Fun: Foam Sheet to whatever size you want your pallet to be with your StyroCutter Plus. I’d recommend cutting it to something that is easily divisible by four, so that you can make each of your boards in the pallet the same size. That’s if you’re doing four boards of course; if you’re doing more, make it divisible by whatever number of boards you’re planning to create. So I knew I wanted four boards, so I made mine 16 inches tall to create 4 inch boards.
Once that’s done, measure and mark each of your “boards” on the side of the foam. Once they’re marked evenly, use the FloraCraft® StyroCutter Plus to cut lines from long side to long side, only half way (deep) through the foam. So you’re not cutting the pieces completely apart, you’re cutting fake lines into the middle to make it look like a pallet of wood.
Once your foam is cut, use the FloraCraft® Smooth Finish and either a spatula or smooth side of the knife (from the 3-piece tool set) to add a layer of Smooth Finish to the top of the foam, trying to stay away from the cut out lines if possible. If you get any in the cut lines, just run the knife gently through the cut lines to get out any of the Smooth Finish.
Once your Smooth Finish is completely dry, if you want your pallet to be really smooth, sand off any of the rough edges or bumps from the Smooth Finish. If you want a more rustic and distressed look, skip this step.
Let the Smooth Finish dry completely before moving onto painting the foam. Once it’s completely dry, use a paintbrush (NOT A ROLLER) to paint on your first paint color. I used turquoise to match my house colors. Once that’s completely dry, use a paintbrush to paint on your second color; I used white.
After the paint is 100% dry, lightly sand around the edges and across the surface of the paint to strip off some of the top white layer, allowing the under color to show through.
Using a color that contrasts with your main pallet color, paint on words to your favorite song, quote, or phrase. This is where your faux pallet can go from just being cool to being really meaningful. My husband and my song is I Do by Jon Schmidt and the line specifically that we both love is “My promise is forever with you.” In our faith, we believe that marriages (and families) are eternal, not until death, so this line really rings true for us. So that’s what I intended to put on the pallet.
And then I got distracted by my toddler and screwed up where I started my first line and ended up with not enough room to fit promise after my. So the quote became “My heart is forever with you,” which is kind of similar to my promise is forever with you. I was going to start over or try to paint over it, but I kind of love how it turned out because it really represents what marriage is all about – it doesn’t matter how much you prepare, how ready you think you are, how perfect your foundation is; marriage is not perfect. And sometimes things don’t go the way you planned them to go and you have to adjust, compromise, and go a different direction. So for me, my meaningful faux pallet turned even more meaningful as it reminds me what marriage really is and the parts of my marriage that have gone differently, better, than originally planned.
If you’re looking for some great Valentine’s day home decor that you can leave up all year long, try making a foam faux pallet sign of your own. Making it from foam is easy, inexpensive, and best of all, it’s super lightweight so you can hang it up without damaging your walls or worrying about hanging something heavy.
What would you put on your Valentine’s Day pallet?