Land of the Free Because of the Brave DIY Sign

Make a Patriotic DIY 4th of July Sign for your holiday decor!

The Land of the Free Because of the Brave - DIY 4th of July Sign using a small wood pallet! |The Love NerdsI don’t know about you, but I love decorating a little bit for holidays. It’s not that I go full out. There is a small table at the top of our apartment stairs that I usually decorate. I do it because… well, because I feel like it forces me into the moment a little bit. Time moves so fast so marking fun occasions helps remind me of fun holiday times and the passing times.

I know that might sound crazy but it works for me.

Since I was redoing my DIY Vinyl Fireworks Vases to give you all better photos of the project, I thought I would add a new 4th of July project to the table, too. I’ve had this small wood pallet sign sitting in my craft supplies forever and decided to finally fix it up.

The Land of the Free Because of the Brave - DIY 4th of July Sign using a small wood pallet! |The Love Nerds


  • Wood Pallet or a different board
  • Paint in red, white and blue
  • Paint Brushes and paint sponge to use with stencil
  • Stencil for wording (I used my Silhouette)
  • Sand Paper (if board is rough)


  1. My wood pallet sign was VERY rough. I used sand paper to get the worst of it though I like having some of the texture. I love “imperfect” crafts.
  2. Paint the boards the red and white stripes. I did two coats.
  3. Make your stencil. I created “The Land of the Free” design on my Silhouette and cut it out using the machine. Since I was going for an imperfect look, I just used thick card stock to make the stencil. If I was going for a more exact, clean letter look, I probably would have used vinyl. If you do not own a craft machine, you can always use stencil letters or even hand paint.
  4. Once the stencil is ready and your board is dry, use a sponge brush to dap the paint over the stencil in the desired color for the letters. I used blue.
  5. Remove the stencil carefully, let everything dry and do any touch ups as desired.

The Land of the Free Because of the Brave - DIY 4th of July Sign using a small wood pallet! |The Love NerdsI made this sign as a 4th of July craft – obviously – but the process can be used for making any wood sign, of course.

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