I really love Dollar Tree. They’ve got great supplies for all kinds of craft projects. I’m always leave with lots of ideas (and lots of stuff in my bags)! I was there last week and was amazed at their selection of fall decor. Some of the decor is super cute. Some of it has great potential. These fall hanging signs are a great starting point for a new fall door hanger.  I love the shape and the hanging pumpkin.  I wanted to use the gold pumpkin, but the scarecrow image just wasn’t my style.  So, I brought it home and did a quick make-over. The whole project took about 15 minutes! I used glitter adhesive vinyl to cover the inner pumpkin, so there was no paint mess and I didn’t have to wait for anything to dry.  I really love how it turned out. Read on for the full tutorial!

 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here.

STEP 2: REMOVE INNER PUMPKIN AND TRACE ONTO VINYL

Disconnect the inner pumpkin from the rest of the sign. Trace the shape of the pumpkin onto the back of your vinyl. I used glitter adhesive vinyl. It’s not quite as sparkly as glitter HTV, but it’s smooth, so it’s easy to layer. with other adhesive vinyl.

STEP 3: CUT OUT PUMPKIN

Cut out the pumpkin shape

STEP 4: REMOVE VINYL BACKING AND APPLY VINYL TO PUMPKIN

Remove the vinyl backing from the pumpkin and center it over the pumpkin shape.  Use an application tool to smooth it down. You can use an Exacto knife to trim off any excess vinyl from the edges.

STEP 5: CUT AND WEED VINYL STENCIL

Open the design in your software program and size it to fit on your bucket.  I sized my design to about 6.3″ x 5″.

When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the design with your Cricut or Silhouette.  Once it has finished cutting, weed away the excess vinyl.

STEP 6: APPLY TRANSFER TAPE

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the design. Place the vinyl on the transfer tape and smooth it down. Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.

STEP 7: REMOVE VINYL BACKING

Rub over the design with an application tool to help the vinyl stick to the transfer tape.  Then, carefully pull off the vinyl backing.

STEP 8: POSITION VINYL ON PUMPKIN

Position the design over the pumpkin. You can use a ruler to center it, but I just eyed it.  Once everything is centered and straight, press down on the design.

STEP 9: REMOVE TRANSFER TAPE

Rub over the design with an application tool.  Then, pull off the transfer tape.

STEP 9: ATTACH PUMPKIN TO SIGN

Poke a small hole in the top of the pumpkin and attach it back to the original sign.

STEP 10: ADD A BOW AND OTHER DECORATIVE ITEMS

Use hot-glue to attach a bow to the stem of the pumpkin.  Then, add some fall leaves for a bit of extra color.

That’s it! This sign is so easy to customize with your Silhouette or Cricut. I really love how it turned out!

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4 Comments on Dollar Tree Makeover: Easy Fall Door Hanger

  1. This is such a great idea to repurpose a not-so-gorgeous dollar store sign. I’m actually gonna do mine just a bit differently, though. I bought the Halloween sign, which is the same shape and everything, but has, of course, a Halloween design. Since I actually like it enough to use it for Halloween, I’m going to turn it over and use the other side for my fall sign! Two for one! And instead of covering it with vinyl, I’m just gonna paint mine. Thanks so much for inspiration, though, and for the cute SVG file. It’ll be perfect! I’m thinking I might cut the leaves out of a pretty fall green. Well, I guess since tomorrow is Sept. 1st, it’s okay if I say Happy Fall!!

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