Thursday, January 18, 2024

Making A Wood Sign with Cricut

 Hello Friends! Happy Thursday!

Wooden Signs

I had a vision to create a wooden sign for our home office. The walls in our office are decorated with pictures of the kids. Hubby and I have been together 23 years and our 5 kids came from previous marriages.  We feel very fortunate and blessed that both families love and respect each other, I wanted a wooden sign that reflected those feelings.

If you've read any of my previous posts you know that I'm a connoisseur of Pinterest and YouTube when I want to try something new 😊!  I'm confident creating my own quilt patterns but DIY crafting is still new to me so I love combining tips and techniques from others into my projects.

Permanent Vinyl On Wood

I love the simple style of beaded wood frames. You can find them in most craft stores in a variety of shapes and sizes and in most cases a hefty price tag.

I purchased this bundle of  10 x 20 inch unfinished framed pallet boards from Michaels after Christmas at 60% off. I also purchased half wooden beads from Amazon to make my own beaded frame.

Wood Sign with Cricut Materials

I used wood glue to adhere the half wood beads onto the perimeter of the pallet board. Once the beads were dry I wiped the entire board with a cotton cloth to remove dust and any glue residue. I then painted the entire unit with Waverly Anitque Wax  and added a little distressing around the edges using white acrylic paint.

Wood Sign Using Cricut

Once the unit was dry, I didn't like it so I taped off the inside to create a border and added Waverly chalk paint in Ink to the center. 

Wood Sign Using Cricut Premium Vinyl

Wood Sign Using Cricut Premium Vinyl

While the black paint was drying I cut the vinyl decal using my Cricut Joy. I really like using Oracal 651 for my permanent vinyl projects, it comes a variety of colors, it weeds beautifully, and the price is reasonable.

Wood Sign Using Cricut Premium Vinyl

My thoughts -- I'm OK using the sign in my home. I wouldn't use permanent vinyl on a sign that I was going to sell or gift.  In my opinion the vinyl looks like a sticker that can easily be removed or over time lift. 

Heat Transfer Vinyl On Wood

My next attempt at making wood sign I used Siser EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) and my Cricut Heat Press. I used the Cricut Maker to cut out the design.

I gifted this sign to my daughter.

Wood Sign using Cricut and Heat Transfer Vinyl

The matte finish of the HTV makes the text look like it was painted on and part of the wood. I was much happier with the results of this sign.

On my to do list is to test making a wood sign using Cricut Stencil Vinyl. Hopefully I'll get to it soon!

Until next time... craft the life you love ❣

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