For less than $10, let me show you the DIY Thanksgiving pallet art I made! I am really grateful to myself for this lol

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 so little!


How To Make Thanksgiving “Be Grateful” Pallet Art

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 wood shims from Amazon.

or if you don’t want to build one and want to make a mini “Be Grateful” pallet art from a prefabbed pallet check out this post.


Step By Step Instructions

Step 1

Build it to your own measures.

Step 2

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. This is my new fave.

Step 3

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.

Transfer the contact paper to the wood pallet art and then press 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.


Step 4

Then I used some Silver Metallic craft paint I had in my stash.

As well as a 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 sandpaper 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.

thanksgiving be grateful sign pallet art

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  1. 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!

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


  3. 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

  4. 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.


  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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 🙂

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. I also couldn’t open the file. Also what would be the best way to make this type of stencil if we don’t have one of those fancy cutters? I keep wanting one but haven’t taken the plunge.

  12. Take the plunge 😉 The font is Great Vibes. You can have Laura from design it for you.

  13. You won’t be able to open the file since it’s a Silhouette Studio file. You could definitely recreate it though in another program to create your stencil though.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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?

  17. Sorry to be dumb but what is pre-wood conditioner? Nothing pulls up on Lowe’s when I search it and I don’t see an image on either post to figure it out. Please help 🙂

  18. What contact paper are you referencing for this project? I saw that in some of your other projects you mentioned the vinyl and that this did not stick. I am just curious what contact paper you used. Can you send me the link where you purchased?

  19. Quick question – I just got a cameo and i was wondering how you load the contact paper and do you have to adjust the rollers for the project? I ruined a whole role of stencil paper today.

  20. Hi! I know this was posted some time ago so not sure if you are still answering questions on this post, but I love this and am going to try to make it. I am new to my silhouette so sorry if this is a beginner question. I downloaded your file. Do I need to stretch it to make it big for the pallet or does it already print on multiple pages? Thanks!

  21. Hi Shelley, You will need the Silhouette Cameo machine and vinyl. You can get a deal on the machine tonight starting at midnight MST. If you use the code “IHEARTIC” and purchase one of the bundles, I am offering a one hour class to learn the software. I hope that helps, and please let me know if you have any more questions.

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