Vintage Map Pallet Sign

3 Hours

While looking for inspiration to complete a Handmade Gift Exchange gift I found this amazing Vintage world map online! I knew exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I saw it!
Using a pallet I made a sign. Making a pallet sign is super easy! Once the boards are cut to the right size, you just hook them all together with two supports on the back just like this.
You can sand your boards smooth before you assemble, or after. I prefer to do the sanding after it's all assembled. Then paint or stain your sign! I used a dark wood stain to match the border on the printed map.
Once my pallet sign was prepared I could put the map on! I just spread a layer of Mod Podge all over the back of the map, and pressed it down onto the pallet sign, rubbing it smooth to push out any bubbles.
After the Mod Podge was dry, and the map was secure, I used a utility knife to cut along each board, separating the map into sections. Then I used a fine grit sandpaper to distress the map. You'll see why I would scrap this pretty poster up in the next photo!
Next, using the same stain as I used for the boards, I painted over the map. I concentrated the most over the spots I had distressed. Then taking a rag, I wiped all the stain back off. Because I used a high quality poster print map, the stain easily wiped off except for the distressed areas!
Leaving a beautifully distressed almost antique looking map! I love how it turned out!
I added a beautiful travel themed quote with cut vinyl letters to the finished sign. A quote I had seen my gift exchange partner Pin multiple times. To see more of the sign with the added quote, visit the blog link below. Thanks!
Kelli @CraftShackChronicles

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  • Jennifer
    on Oct 4, 2017

    I absolutely LOVE this!!!! I'm definitely going to try this!! Where did you download this particular from?
  • Spa32077093
    on Dec 11, 2017

    My daughter biscuit joined 5 planks of pine for me to do a project like this and then we stained it with a oil based stain which I guess was a big mistake. If I try to use mod podge the color from the stain is getting on the map but looks red, not brown. I've done so much research and don't know what to do next. This is a Christmas present for my hubby and I'd love some suggestions on whether or not I should seal the wood with a oil based sealer or use some other decoupage medium. Thanks for any help you have!!!!
  • Constance Clark
    on Sep 4, 2018

    Did you cut the edges in anyway? Or is the entire rectangle map glued down?

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  • Georgia Desimini
    on Jul 25, 2017

    You did a great job, it looks lovely . I tend to dislike anything that shouts "Homemade". Yours art work screams Professional.
  • Patty
    on Nov 29, 2018

    Would love this on my wall

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