It has been SO LONG! I have high hopes of posting more often. Hold me accountable by telling me things you want to learn! I have had many of you tell me you had Cricut or Silhouette machines that you wanted to learn how I made my fall signs so here we go!
I bought this piece of plywood from Home Depot. You need to get them to cut it to size if you don’t have a table saw at home. They do the first 2 cuts free so I always have them cut the piece into quarters (4 pieces that are around 2ft by 4ft) so it will fit into my car. Then when I get home, I cut each quarter into half (long ways). Then cut each half into thirds. You end up with 6 boards that are around 12in x 16in per quarter of your plywood. All of these measurements don’t have to be perfect. You just want to cut the plywood to the size you want!
The trick here is most vinyl cuts on small vinyl machines only cut 12in x 12in so you may need to cut out your vinyl stencil diagonal to get the words bigger. Here is a screen shot of how I printed bigger words on the software:
Then I cut out the truck separately:
(Trace these pictures using your software to create the same sign!)
So a tip a friend gave me a long time ago is to use contact paper from the dollar store for your stencil vinyl! It works great and lasts a long time for only $1!
After you print the stencil, weed out all of the parts that you are wanting to paint. For instance on the truck, you should pull out the mass sticker of the truck, leave the small accents for the tires and wheels! (This is hard to show since my contact paper is clear, so I made a color coded picture of the truck. See below – pull out all of the stickers in the areas connected to the black box spaces!)
With the lettering, pull out all letters, and keep the insides of o’s, a’s, and p’s!
After you have weeded out all that you need, you need to cover all of your stencil with transfer tape. This makes sure everything stays in place from the time it comes off the vinyl machine, until you stick it to your wooden board! The trick here is to tear off small pieces of transfer tape. Do not cover the whole stencil with one big piece of transfer tape! If you do, it will be very difficult to pull the tape back off when you are ready to paint!
This is what your stencil should look like with little pieces of transfer tape:
Of course your transfer tape will be torn off from your roll – this is just to give you an idea! All of your stencil should be covered.
So then you take the backing off of your stencil(contact paper that has been cut on your vinyl machine) and center it where you want it on your board. If you are wanting a painted background instead of the natural wood, you need to paint your wooden board (and let it dry) before placing the stencil.
Once you get your stencil placed, push the stencil down from the center towards the corners. Take an old credit card, or a wooden block to rub down the stencil so it sticks well to the board. Then, remove each piece of transfer tape in a slow diagonal motion.
You need to use a tool like this to paint thin layers on your stencils. I prefer the half circle sponge brushes. I usually dab on two coats of my colored paint to get it well covered. Stick to a maximum of two coats because the paint may pull off with your stencil if you painted it too thick!
After your paint is mostly dry, pull off your stencil! It is okay if it isn’t perfect. Take a small paintbrush and correct the parts of the picture that need correcting!
Lastly, I took a couple pieces of 1inch x 2inch x 8feet unfinished wood with rounded edges, and cut it for the frame of the sign! Make sure you measure the top and bottom and cut to length of the board. Then, for the side frames, cut the length of the sides with the top and bottom frames attached! Example below:
See how the side pieces need to be longer than the actual length of the sides? Use your top and bottom frame pieces to measure!
Once you have all of your frame pieces cut, stain them the color you want, then use a nail gun (or nail and hammer) to attach them to your wooden sign!
Have fun and comment with questions!