How to make a Pallet Sign

This is a fairly simple project to do, turns out great, but it can be time consuming. We’ve had several friends ask how to make these so here we go.DIYPalletsign

 

 

Tear Apart Pallet

First, you’ll have to tear apart a pallet., you can aquire a pallet from all sorts of places. I can get them used for free from the place I work. If you know a friend that works at a factory or manufacturing shop, chances are you can pick one up for relatively cheap, if not free! In this tutorial, we wanted the pallet wood defects such as nail holes, cracks, and warping to distinguish it. The great thing about tearing a pallet apart is you do not have to cut the boards to size as they are already cut to a specific dimension and should all be even in length.

Joining Boards

There are several ways to join the boards together. You can screw supporting boards vertically along the back, use the biscuit joining method, or if you want the slimline look of biscuit joining with the rigidity of screws, I used the Kreg joint method. A Kreg jig can be purchased from Amazon or at your local hardware store. I do not have the name brand Kreg Jig, and it was given to me by my dad, so I’m not sure which brand I have but the concept is the same. Here is a few off brand options; General Tools 850 Pro Kit , General Tools 849 E Z Pocket Hole System. The only difference between the off brands and the Kreg Jig is the Kreg Jig has a drill gruide block. This would make it a little easier when figuring out how far to drill into the wood. If you don’t buy the name brand, I would suggest the General Tools Pro. The ratings are quiet a bit higher than the 849 and for $5 more, you get the drive bit, self tapping screws, and the case.

Start out by securing the boards into the Kreg jig. This jig will allow you to cut a slanted pocket into the board that will not be seen from the front, and allow you to screw the boards together at an angle. Drill the pilot holes as needed.

After you have drilled all the pockets you need (about 1 pocket per 6-8 inches) then you attach the special 6-inch driver bit to give you the length to drive in the screws. Make sure you are driving the boards together on a flat surface. Clamps are highly recommended, however I do not own any, so i simply place my body weight on both boards while driving the screws to keep one board from rising higher than the other.

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Sanding the Boards

After the boards are all secured together you will want to sand it if you are planning to paint the entire sign. If you are simply adding letters to the weathered pallet wood, you may not want to sand it to keep the rustic look of the pallet.

Paint the Sign

You’ll want to wipe the saw dust from the board and let dry before you begin painting. We chose to use some left over paint from out bathroom and mixed it with some Killz to get a lighter color. If you choice to mix any leftover paint, make sure to mix thoroughly. Paint until you get a good coverage.

Designing your stencil

The stenciling, cutting, tracing, and painting is the most time consuming aspect of this project. There are many ways to go about this, and you can find many ideas and inspirations on different techniques online, but this is the way we went about it.

If you have Photoshop or a similar image editing software (we used Photoshop Elements), you will want to use that as you can type in the dimensions of your sign and not have to worry about scaling letters and fonts, etc.4

Setting printer to print to size

Once you have your pattern figured out you can print out the whole thing onto standard 8.5×11 paper. Our sign was 33″x28″ so we designed it out to that scale. Once you go to print it, you should have an option to print “poster.” All printers are different but here is the way ours looks so you can get an idea of the options.

File>Print

Select “Preferences”6

Select “Page Setup”7

Under “Page Layout” select “Tiling/Poster”8

Select “Specify”9

Select “Divide into 9″ (My pallet design was 33″x28” so it could fit on 9 sheets of paper. You may need to select more or less depending on the size of your project.)10

Make sure these two options are checked as they will make it easier to line up and paste the pages together.11

Creating an outline

Line up and Paste together the pages to complete the design. Then lay the design on the sign. We use a lightly adhesive tape to secure the pages to the board and began scoring.

We used an X-acto knife to cut out the design, and score a fine line on the sign. This was a team effort. One of us cut out the font while the other one used a fine tip black Sharpie to create an outline. We chose to go with a black front so black Sharpie blended in but you choose to paint another color, you may want to choice a diff color sharpie unless your ok with a black outline. If the X-acto knife leaves a pretty visible outline, you might be able to skip the outlining step. It wasn’t very visible so we chose to outline.12 13 14

 

 

 

Begin painting font

We used a black acrylic paint with gloss and a paintbrush to paint the lettering. I used a better quality paintbrush. We used a round size 8 paintbursh. We bought a 5 pack at WalMart. Here they are on Amazon so you can order or get an idea of what to use. We chose the round because it allows you to get a fine point and a thick line. This does take some technique so you may want to practice first before painting on your sign.

Preparing the pallet sign to hang

We used hinge-type mounting brackets spaced evenly to support the weight of the sign. If possible, try to mount into studs. If studs are not available for desired placement, (like ours wasn’t) make sure you use plastic drywall mounts and screws.’15

 

 

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How to make Magnesium Oil

Most people these days are deficient in magnesium. It is estimated that approximately 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is so vital that every major organ in the human body needs it to function properly. The significance of magnesium is so grand that I will save all the details for a later post. But let me just say, magnesium is very important and when one is deficient in magnesium, there are side effects that one will experience.

Magnesium Oil

After I read tons of information about magnesium, I learned magnesium is best absorbed through the skin. This method is called trans dermal magnesium therapy.  I began looking at Amazon for magnesium oil but it is expensive! The Ancient Minerals brand (higher quality) is $36.69 for an 8 oz bottle! This is too expensive for my blood so I researched how to make the magnesium oil yourself.

It is super easy to make and a LOT cheaper!

What is Magnesium good for?

I will try to keep this short, but here is a few things that magnesium does for the body.

  • Relieves stress
  • Aids weight loss
  • Promotes a more restful sleep
  • Eases PMS and menstrual cramps
  • Prevents Kidney stones and can possibly reverse kidney stones
  • Aids in Vitamin D absorption (most Americans are also deficient in Vitamin D as well)
  • Helps relieve constipation
  • Helps the body adsorb nutrients
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Promotes bone and dental health
  • Helps strengthen the immune system
  • Can help with disorders like fibromyalgia, diabetes, IBS, ADD, ADHD, insomnia, depression, restless leg syndrome, and more
  • Promotes skin health
  • Helps promote overall health and wellness

I plan on writing a more in depth post about the benefits of magnesium so stay tuned for the article! If you want to do some research, here is a book that talks about the benefits of Magnesium.

What you need

  • 1/2 c Magnesium Chloride Flakes
  • 1/2 c distilled water
  • spray bottle (one batch will make about 4 oz of magnesium oil. I keep mine in (2) 2 oz spray bottles)

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Cost Breakdown

The Ancient Chloride Flakes (I recommend this brand because of quality) will cost you about $11.05 on Amazon and if you are a Prime member, the shipping is FREE. The bag will make quite a few batches and the batches last for quite some time. The Distilled water costs me $0.99. And I picked up the spray bottles for a $1 each. One 1.65 lb bag of the flakes will make 6.61  batches. So you do the math and that is $1.67 for 1/2 c flakes and $0.03 for the distilled water totaling $1.70. That sure beats $36.69 for the 8 oz bottle!! You could add in the $1 bottles if you want, but the spray bottles are a one time cost.

How to make

  1. Bring water to boil. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in Magnesium Flakes until dissolved. Allow to cool.
  3. Store in spray bottle.

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How to use

Shake the bottle before spraying. Spray 10-20 spritz on arms, legs, stomach once daily. You will probably have a tingling, itching, sensation. This usually goes away after 20 or 30 minutes. To me, it feels like those tingle lotions that you use for the tanning beds. This is normal and after consistent use, this should go away. I have read that the tingling, itching, actually means you are deficient in magnesium. I want to say this is probably correct. When I first began using the magnesium oil, I had a very strong tingly itchy sensation. I kept using it and it didn’t go away. I actually stopped using it for a while. Then I began using Himalayan salt (read my article about Himalayan Salt) into my diet. I used it again and the tingly, itchy feeling was very low and it subsided after about 1-5 minutes. You will probably want to start out with about 10 spritz and work your way up to 20 spritzes.

 

Let me know what you think and how it works for you!

 

 

Homemade Ranch

Homemade Ranch is sooo yummy! If you have never made homemade ranch, give this recipe a try. Once you have had the homemade ranch, you don’t want to go back to store bought ranch!

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I still buy the store bought kind to have on hand but I try to always have some homemade Ranch made. I have to have a big thank you to The Happy Money Saver! She shared her DIY Copycat Hidden Valley Ranch. Credit goes to The Happy Money Saver for the original. For the most part, I have stuck to the original recipe but I have changed it slightly so here goes.

Dry Mix

 

First you need to make the dry mix.

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  • 1/2 cup dry buttermilk
  • 2 T parsley
  • 1 t dill weed
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 t onion flakes
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 garlic powder
  • 1 t garlic salt
  • 1/4 t pepper

Mix all the ingredients and store in jar. I place mine in the fridge since it contains the dry buttermilk. I originally store it in my spice cabinet until a light bulb went off in my head. I was storing the dry buttermilk in the fridge (due to directions on packaging) but not the dry mix.  Oops! None of  us got sick but just to be on the safe side, we store it in the fridge now!

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3 T dry mix

1 C Real Mayo

2/3 – 1 C buttermilk

 

 

Using a whisk, mix the dry mix and buttermilk first. I found it seems to mix better without clumping this way. After you have it mixed thoroughly, add the mayo. Store in container in fridge.

We usually go ahead and use the ranch right away but it does taste better if you let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so before using.

 

Again a special thanks goes to The Happy Money Saver! I have tried many different recipes for the DIY ranch and this one tops them all! We rarely use a store bought ranch anymore. And if we do, it is simply because we are about to eat and I am out of the ingredients.

DIY girls skirt

DIY girls skirt

A few years ago, I made my oldest daughter a 4th of July pillowcase dress. The pillowcase dress now fits my youngest so I wanted to make my oldest a simple 4th of July skirt. I still had fabric left over from the pillowcase dress and I knew both my girls would love to match. Here is the tutorial I used as an outline on how to sew this super easy skirt. Dana Made it:  DIY girls skirt Tutorial 

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First you need to take your measurements.

 

Measure the waist

Measure your child’s waist. My child’s waist measured about 24.5 so I rounded up to 25. Take that number and multiply it by 1.5. If you want a fuller skirt, multiply it by 2.

Your measurements : (Child’s waist )X (1.5) = Width of material

My Measurements: (25) X (1.5)=37.5

 

Measure the Length

Measure the length you want the skirt to be. I measured from waist to knees.  Then add 2 inches.

Your Measurements: (Length of skirt) + 2 = Length of material

My Measurements: (12)+ (2)= 14

 

Elastic

The length of the elastic should be about 1/2 shorter that the measurement for the waist. When you overlap the elastic and sew it, the elastic will be about 1 in- 1.5 in. This will all depend on how much you overlap. You want the elastic to be smaller than their waist so it stay up. I originally cut the elastic 1 inch more than the waist measurement. I sewed the elastic together and before closing up the waist, I had my daughter try on the skirt. It was too loose. So I had to rip the seam, cut off some of the elastic, and sew back together.

Your Measurement: (Child’s Waist) – (0.5)= Length of Elastic

My Measurement: (25)-(0.5)=24.5 inchesskirt tutorial

 

 

Cut Fabric

Using the measurements, cut out your fabric of choice.

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Iron waist and hem

Ironing Waist

From the top of the fabric where the waist will be, fold the fabric in 0.5 in. Make sure you are folding the fabric from the outside (the part of the fabric you want to show) to the inside of the skirt (part of the fabric that will not show). Now iron.

Now fold the fabric  over 1 in again. Make sure to keep the first fold inside the second as you iron. If you were to completely unfold both folds it should total to 1.5 inches.

 

Ironing Hem

The method for the hem is the same concept as ironing the waist. Fold the raw edge from the outside to inside. The first fold will measure 0.25 in. Iron.

Fold fabric over 0.25 in making sure to keep the first fold inside the 2nd fold. Iron. If you completely unfold both folds, it should total 0.5 in.

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Begin sewing

Sew Inseam

Take your fabric and fold it in half  with the outside facing in. Match the two inseams up. This seam will run the length of the skirt (from waist to hem). Unfold where you ironed the waist and the hem before you sew. You can use pins to hold the fabric in place while you sew. Before you begin sewing, Sew about 0.5 inch into the fabric. I used the guidelines on my sewing machine to sew. *** At the beginning and end of each straight stitch, you will need to back stitch. This will keep the thread from coming undone.

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Sew Hem

Take the fabric and fold the bottom (hem) to the inside of the skirt. This is where you previously ironed the hem. You should be able to clearly see the crease from where you ironed. The fabric will probably want to turn inside. Make sure you have both creases in. You do not want the raw edge to show. Now sew a straight stitch making sure to keep the raw fabric on the inside of the crease.

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Sew Waist

Fold the fabric in using the creases as a guideline. Measure approximately 2 in (this doesn’t have to be exact) and mark them with pins. The pins will tell you when to start and stop sewing. You will need to leave a gap so you can feed your elastic into the waist. Make sure not to sew over the pins. I have been told you can sew over them but I have bent my pins doing this and my sewing machine didn’t seem to like it either.

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Feed elastic and sew the elastic

Place large safety pins on each end of the elastic. The safety pins will help you feed the elastic into the waist. I just recently learned the tip to use one on each end. I was glad I tried it because as I was trying to adjust the elastic, the back end slipped in the fabric. Normally, I would have to re-feed the elastic back through.

 

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Pull both ends of the  elastic out of the waist so you can get them under your pressure foot.  Remove the safety pins. Overlap the ends about 3/4 in and place under pressure foot. I used a zig zag stitch to hold the elastic. Sew forward and then backwards a couple of times. Now, pull on the waist so that the elastic disappears in the waist.IMG_1844IMG_1843IMG_1845

 

 

 

Now you can close up the gap. Sew the gap that you left open for the elastic.

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Hope you find this helpful! If you use this tutorial, please share your creations!