NOEL- A Pallet Wood Sign

As I have mentioned before, I don’t buy a lot of new Christmas décor from year to year. I may add a new ornament or two that I bought in the after Christmas sales, but mostly I just use the same things with a new little twist here and there. This year, I created a NOEL pallet wood sign to add to the same Christmas garland I have used on the mantel the last few years.


NOEL Pallet Wood Sign-


Using the French horn as a guide, I determined the height I wanted, then cut the pallet wood to length. The first letter I put together with screws, but the wood is so brittle that it was difficult to keep it from splitting, even with predrilling the holes. Sooo, I just glued the other two letters together.

The French horn looked fine lying flat, but when I propped up the arrangement, uh-oh. The scale was way off.


Pallet Wood Noel Sign-


I wandered around, looking for something round that I could use. A plate? Nah, too obvious. Wreath? Been done. Hmmm.

I headed out to the shop to look around. Jim suggested a hub cap. Looked really cool, but it was too small. That resulted in a temptation to “shop” in the parking lot for a larger one.

My friend Carolyn, another booth renter, suggested that I use her cheese box lid. It was the perfect size, but a little plain. I was beginning to feel like Goldilocks.

Theeeen, Richard said, “Why don’t you attach the French horn to the lid?”  Ahhh, just right! I drilled tiny holes in the lid and attached the horn with wire.


NOEL Pallet Sign- O-


I could have tried to match the weathered color of the other letters, but the lighter color of the lid highlights the French horn. No painting, works for me.

Close ups of the other letters:


Noel Pallet Sign- N-


Noel Pallet Sign- EL-


Pallet Wood Project- Noel Sign-


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  1. Clever, Sheila! I’ve been wanting to do one of these with the letters, but, apparently, it’s not going to be this year. : )
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  2. What a great idea and I love the weathered look too.
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  3. Oh my – I love this! I especially love the “O” – I played french horn in high school! So clever!

  4. Sheila, these look fabulous! I love the pallet wood and the idea of making it into letters! The cheese box lid and French horn are a lovely addition to your letters and really dress them up. I’m off to pin this; I love it!
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  5. What a fun and clever idea.
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  6. That is so cute! Would be perfect on my rustic glam mantel this year. Pinned :)

  7. Clever Clever Clever, that looks fabulous and it is original. I’m the same other than hand made I don’t change my stuff every year, although with the babies I’m going to have to replace most of my baubles I’ll get them after Christmas in the sales :)
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  8. That is darling!! Great job, and thanks for joining us on the tour.
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  9. Look how cute your ‘noel’ is! Love it. Happy holidays!
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  10. I love noel letters and this one is so unique I love it!! You did a fantastic job on this project!
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  11. How pretty and unusual, Sheila! I love the addition of the French horn…perfect! Thanks so much for sharing with us! Hugs…Debbie
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  12. This is adorable, Sheila! I love the way the letters turned out. And your solution for the French Horn was the perfect addition. I’m thinking I may have to copy this idea! :)
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  13. I love these Sheila. How cool! You did a great job. Your like me, I don’t by much from year to year, I just like to add to it, and now it is nice that I make some stuff too.
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  14. Sheila this is so cute!Your mantle looks amazing!

  15. This is so pretty, Sheila, and so original. Pinning and sharing. Thanks for inspiring me.
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  16. Cute and creative Sheila…I so love the french horn that you used!!!..
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