I started with a wood-framed boxish thing I bought at a thrift store. (I’m sure that’s it’s technical name.)
Those same trays are available at Joann too.
Anyway, once you’ve got your wood sorted out, it’s time to make your sign!
Step 1: Tape off the border to protect the wood.
Step 2: Paint the background any color you like. I chose black.
Step 3: Cut out the design you want using your Silhouette machine. I cut mine from matte white vinyl that I got from Expressions Vinyl.
The free cut file I’ve created is for personal use only. CLICK HERE to download! If you have a different type of cutting machine or if you’d rather just print it on your home printer and frame it, here’s the design:
Step 4: Weed your design. That means get rid of the extra vinyl, leaving only the letters and border on the blue backing paper. This particular design is delicate, so go slowly and cut off the waste as you go, so you don’t end up sticking it back onto itself.
Step 5: Switch your design to transfer paper. If you are cheap like me, you can use contact paper. I rub my design with an old plastic gift card to help it stick.
Step 6: If you lay your transfer paper sticky side up, your image should look backwards.
Step 7: Carefully center your image onto the wood and rub, rub, rub with an old gift card. Slowly remove the transfer paper, using the gift card to push down any parts that start to pop up as you peel the paper away.
And that’s it! Enjoy your new custom sign!
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