Welcome to Day 23 of my 25 days of Craftmas series!  Today, I’m showing you how to make this cute Christmas Street Sign. It’s such a fun decoration and I love that it stands on its own.  The shapes all came from Dollar Tree so there’s no need to cut them out yourself.  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. Look for the file called WELCOME TO THE NORTH POLE.  It will be listed under the category-Craftmas 2020 – Day 23.

STEP 2: PREPARE THE VINYL DESIGN

Open the design in your software program and size it to fit on your wood pieces. If you’re using the arrows from Dollar Tree, you can resize the width to 8.5″ and leave the height proportional.  Also, create 4 skinny stripes (about .25″) to be cut out with the vinyl.

When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the vinyl with your Cricut or Silhouette.

Once everything is cut, weed away the excess vinyl.

Use a weeding tool to pull out the small pieces inside of the letters.

Trim off the vinyl strips.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than the designs. Place the designs onto the transfer tape.

Rub over the design with your scraper.

Then, trim off the excess material and cut apart the words.

 

STEP 3: PREPARE WOOD PIECES

To make this sign, you’ll need the following pieces of wood: 3 wood arrows (found at Dollar Tree), 1 wood piece for the top sign (found at Dollar Tree), 24″ Square Dowel, 4- 2 1/2″ pieces (all pieces can be cut from a 36″ dowel).

Start by removing the hangers and staples from the wood shapes.

Use some wood filler to fill in the holes on the wood for the top sign.

Once that has dried, sand it down so it’s nice and smooth.

Now it’s time to paint.  Start by painting 2 of the arrows green.

Then, paint the other arrow red.

Also, paint the top sign piece and the dowels red. All these pieces will need 2-3 coats of paint.


STEP 4: APPLY VINYL LETTERING

Once the paint has dried completely, it’s time to add the vinyl. So, grab one of the phrases and remove the vinyl backing.

Then, position it in the center of the arrow.

Rub over the vinyl with your scraper.

Remove the transfer tape. Repeat these steps with the other arrows.

When you apply the vinyl to the red arrow, make sure it’s pointing the opposite direction of the green arrows.

Also, apply the lettering to the wood for the top of the sign.

Now, grab the 24″ dowel and your strips of vinyl. Wrap one of the strips of vinyl around the dowel.  Place it on the dowel at an angle so it will go up the dowel as you wrap the vinyl.  When you reach the end of the strip of vinyl, grab another one and overlap the ends.  Keep wrapping the vinyl around the dowel until you reach the top.

Then, trim off any excess vinyl

 

STEP 5: GLUE WOOD SHAPES ON DOWEL

Grab all your wood pieces and place them on the wood dowel so they look good.  Then, use wood glue to glue them all in place.

STEP 6: ADD BASE TO SIGN

To finish this sign, we are going to add a base so it can stand by itself. We are going to create the base with the 4 small dowel pieces.  We’ll put them together like this and the dowel on the sign will go in the middle.  It’s an easy way to create a base without a lot of woodworking skills.

Start by gluing one piece onto the dowel and let it dry for a few minutes.

Then, glue on the next piece.  If there’s any excess glue, you can wipe that off.  Let these two pieces dry for about 10 minutes.

Stand the sign up and glue on the third piece.

And finally, glue on the last piece of wood and wipe away any excess glue.

And that’s it.  Now you just need to find a place to display this cute sign!

 

 

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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the Resource Library.

 

 

 

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