Make your own wooden art plaque.

Check out Ally Whalen’s tips on how to de­sign and sten­cil a per­son­al­ized sign.

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Find an old pal­let (some­times big-box stores will let you have them at no charge).

Search for a sten­cil of a quote you want to use (sten­cil­son­ is a good source). Pull apart the pal­let to gather the wood, re­move the old nails and sand down all the pieces very well to elim­i­nate splin­ters.

Cut ap­prox­i­mately nine pieces the same length.

Lay out the pieces on the floor, and nail a few of them across the back so they stay to­gether.

Place the sten­cil in the de­sired area, and paint over the quote (acrylic paint works well).

Add a few contrasting stripes if de­sired. Hang the plaque on a wall, or rest it on a man­tel and layer it with other dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects like books and can­dles.

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