Welcome to Day 5 of my 25 days of Craftmas series! Today, I’m sharing this Christmas tree countdown sign. These framed signs are super popular right now. I’m always seeing them in my Pinterest feed. It’s no wonder why. they are super cute and can be made with all kinds of quotes and designs. Today, I’m combining the framed sign with a Christmas countdown design. Read on for the full tutorial.This post contains affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)!  Read my full disclosure policy.

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: PREPARE YOUR WOOD SIGN

To make this sign, you’ll need 1 piece of wood that measures about 11.25” x 19.25”.  You’ll also 4 pieces of wood for the frame (2 – 20.75″ pieces & 2 – 11.25″ pieces. I used pine for the sign and firring strips for the frame.  Paint the sign white and stain the frame a dark brown (I used dark walnut)

STEP 3: CUT AND WEED VINYL

Open the design in your software program and size it to 10.25″ x 17.75″  I added a thin black line below the bottom of the design to help me position the vinyl on the sign.

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. I used a craft knife to cut the vinyl between the rows of numbers to make weeding a little easier.

STEP 4: 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. Rub over it with an application tool. Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.

STEP 5: APPLY VINYL TO WOOD SIGN

Flip the design over and carefully pull off the vinyl backing.

Center the design on the sign. Line up the straight edge of the small black line with the straight edge of the sign.  Rub over the vinyl with a scraper.

Slowly remove the transfer tape.

STEP 6: ADD NAILS TO SIGN

Center a mini grapevine wreath over one of the numbers. Place a wire nail under the top of the wreath and hammer into place.

Remove the wreath and take note of how high above the number you placed the nail.  Now, repeat this will all the other numbers, using the first number as a positioning guide.

STEP 6: ATTACH FRAME

Attach the top and bottom pieces of the frame. You can use a hammer and nails or a brad nailer.

Next, attach the sides of the frame to the sign. Make sure to nail the side of the frame to the top of the frame.

Now, place your grapevine wreath on the first number and start counting down the days until Christmas!

 

 

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