Thanksgiving “Be Grateful” Pallet Art

Back in February I made a super inexpensive and large piece of pallet art for Valentine’s Day.  Since the colors were in the scheme of my current living room pallet I have left it up all year round.  I decided to tackle the project again and give it a little Thanksgiving spin with the words “Be Grateful.” {I know I skipped right over Halloween and onto Thanksgiving.  HA!}  I never want to be limited by the holiday decor so I made it without any leaves or autumn colors. This project is really easy and cost less than $10!


In order to build the pallet frame check out the instructions on my Love Pallet Art.  All you need is a saw, some nails and cheap $.75 wood shims from Lowes.



1.  After it was built, I gave it a quick coat of pre-wood conditioner.  Then I stained this one a little darker than the LOVE Pallet art and used Minwax Special Walnut. I think it is my new fave.

2. I let that dry overnight, then I cut out the “Be Grateful” out of contact paper with my Silhouette Cameo machine (just make sure you set the cut depth to 7 on the actual settings).

If you are interested in the file I made it available for you. I transferred the contact paper to the wood pallet art and then pressed it down really hard to allow it to stick well.

Tip: Since it is a large surface area you will have to piece the design together since you can only cut a width of 12” on the Cameo machine.


3.  Then I used some Silver Metallic Martha Stewart craft paint I had in my stash as well as a Martha Stewart pouncer brush and just pounced the paint on.  While it was still wet I removed the contact paper to reveal perfectly stenciled words.



I followed that up with some sand paper on the edges of each of the wood slats to distress it a little.



Simple and easy (if you aren’t afraid of a miter saw) Thanksgiving art that can be used year round.  Cuz that’s how I roll.


Other projects in the above picture: painted striped curtains, ombre painted lamp.


This project will actually be featured in next month’s digital edition of Lowes Creative Ideas.  Woo-hoo! If you have an Ipad or Iphone you should download it and check it out.  It has a ton of fabulous ideas.LCI App Promo Image

  • kristin

    I love it! It is so simple and classy looking. Great for year round. And I LOVE your wreath on chalkboard with the message! That vignette is wonderful :) I had a little mix up (order wise) and ended up with THREE 16″ preserved boxwood wreaths–DARN! I am obsessed with preserved boxwood. I get the basic beauties from Restoration Hardware, the wreaths from Decor Steals, and some new ones from Brookstone–who would have thought (Brookstone)! I should have got that darned blackboard from Antique Farmhouse for one of my wreaths but I picture that vignette in my mudroom…which we don’t have-HA! I can see this project in my “mudroom” also–darn!

    • Beckie

      Ha! Sounds like you need a mudroom. ;)

  • Jen Haag

    Looks great! Any suggestions for making the stencil without the Silhouette Cameo machine?


  • Jessica Kennedy

    I love this more than you know!!! I had a problem with transferring my contact paper to my wood. What did you use for that? Thanks

    • Beckie

      Did you use transfer paper?

  • Jaime

    Beckie that’s a winner. Love the repurpose and the new saying.

    • Beckie

      Thanks, Jaime! It’s more a repurposed idea since I did build a new frame. I’m loving the change for fall though.

  • gail

    Love your new art Beckie! It looks fabulous!

    I cut contact paper every single day to use as stencils (Etsy shop) I set my depth to 3. I have found that some contact paper is different than others. If I set my depth to 7, it would cut clean through the paper backing.


    • Beckie

      Thanks, Gail! Yes, I have had that happen on occasion too. Thankfully contact paper is cheap!

  • Lolly Jane

    Love love love this, Beckie!

    • Beckie

      Thank you!!!

  • Alli

    So perfect for Thanksgiving . . . and year round! Love it!

    • Beckie

      Definitely! That’s what I love about it!

  • Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker

    I love, love, love this project-gorgeous!!!!

    • Beckie

      Thank you, Melissa!

  • Eliesa @ Pinterest Addict

    I am not one to love all things pallet related, but I love this one. Maybe it’s the gorgeous font, or the color of the wood stain, but it’s gorgeous.

    • Beckie

      Thank you, Eliesa! That’s quite the compliment.

  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

    Oooh, I love this project, Beckie. I’m usually too lazy to change decor around the seasons, so this would be the perfect compromise. And thank you for the file- I will be giving this a try! :)

    • Beckie

      I am not much for changing decor for the seasons either, so this is right up my alley. It’s meaningful for a season but can also stay up if you want.

  • Debbie

    I love it, Becky! I have a slew of old deck boards that I want to make a ‘pallet art’ sign with. This is awesome and I’ve downloaded the stencil. Thank you so much! I just bought the Cameo and can’t wait to start playing with it.
    Debbie :)

    • Beckie

      You are going to love the Cameo, and those deck boards will be perfect. I’ve used some for several projects.

  • Bobbi

    Soooooo cute! Love it! What font did you use? I have a Cricut so I need to recreate it. Thanks!

    • Beckie

      It’s called Great Vibes. So glad you like it!

  • Maryann @ Domestically Speaking

    Love it Becky!

    • Beckie

      Thank you, Maryann! :)

  • cara kimo

    Do you mind sharing the font that you used or a word doc? I can’t open the document that you shared and would love to make this.

  • art_mom

    This is beautiful – I love it! Maybe someday I get up the courage to use a saw and really get into one of your projects. I love the inspiration! The soft elegant text on the wood makes for really nice contrast.

    • Beckie

      I am so glad you like it. You should definitely give it a try!

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  • Dee Runions

    I love the signs, @Shalee I have used the contact paper method for stenciling. Another method that can be done is using a charcoal pencil. After printing the words in whatever font you choose, you can have it enlarged at Office Max etc, for less than a dollar at most. Trace the backside of your lettering with charcoal pencil, tape onto your wood face up and outline each letter. Once you remove your pattern you have the perfect outline of each letter. You can then paint free hand. I saw this on Pinterest and wish I could remember the blogger so credit can be given. I have done numerous signs in this manner. Hope I didn’t confuse anyone.

    • Beckie

      Thanks, Dee, for sharing a tip for those who don’t have a Silhouette.

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  • Michelle Harriman

    How do you get the big BeGrateful” on your silhouette…I cant find it in the manual

    • Beckie

      I cut it out in multiple pieces. Hope that helps!

  • Courtney

    Hello! I would LOVE to do this project but I don’t have a silhoutte. Would it be possible to buy the stencil from you?