Welcome to Day 20 of my 25 days of Craftmas series!  Today, I’m showing how to make this easy Christmas pallet sign. I just love how this sign turned out. Those ornaments down at the bottom are the perfect finishing touch! I used a premade pallet sign, so this sign was super easy to create. 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 Joy to the World with Wreath. It will be listed under the category-Craftmas 2020 – Day 20.

STEP 2: PREPARE VINYL DESIGN

Open the design in your software program.  My pallet sign is 12″ x 12″ and I sized my design to about 10.5″. Then, I added an 11.5″ square around the design to create a stencil.

Do you need more help with creating a vinyl stencil?  Check out these posts.

How to Make a Vinyl in Cricut Design Space.
How to Make a Vinyl Stencil in Silhouette Studio

I used Oracal 651 for the stencil because I have lots of it to use up, but you can also use Stencil Vinyl or Oracal 631.

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

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than the design.  Place the vinyl on the transfer tape.

Use an application tool to rub over the design.

Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.

STEP 3: APPLY VINYL TO THE PALLET SIGN

Place the vinyl so it’s facing down, and then pull off the vinyl backing. I like to do it this way so the vinyl doesn’t curl.

Place the vinyl on the pallet and center it. The stencil won’t quite cover the entire pallet, so you’ll need to make sure the gap between the stencil and the edge of the sign is even on all 4 sides.

Once it’s in place, use a scraper and rub over the entire design.

Carefully pull off the transfer tape. It might be a little tricky to get the vinyl to stick to the pallet sign, just go slow and use your fingers to help the vinyl to stay on the sign.

Rub over the design a few more times with a scraper. Push it down really good where the gaps are between the wood pieces

STEP 4: PAINT OVER THE STENCIL WITH MOD PODGE

Paint a generous layer of Mod Podge over the stencil.

Why do we do this? To help prevent bleeds.

Sometimes there are small gaps between the stencil and the wood.  Since Mod Podge dries clear, our hope is that the Mod Podge will fill in these gaps, instead of the paint.

STEP 5: FILL IN THE STENCIL

Once the Mod Podge is dry to the touch, fill in the stencil with paint.  I used dark green for the wreath and red for the words.

You’ll want to do a couple of light coats rather than one thick heavy coat.

STEP 6: REMOVE VINYL STENCIL

Once the paint is dry to the touch, carefully pull off the stencil.  You can use a craft knife or weeding tool to pull out the centers of the letters.  If there’s any bleeding, you can scrape it off with a craft knife.

STEP 7: ADD FINISHING TOUCHES

Start by gluing on a cute little ornament on the bottom left corner of the wreath.

Glue another ornament on top of that.

Then, glue some pine branches and berries around the ornaments.

That’s it! This sign is so easy to customize with your Silhouette or Cricut. I really love the dimension those extra embellishments add to the sign. It’s so cute!

 

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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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