Today, I’m showing you how to make this cute Home Sweet Home wood sign. This is a fun project to make and I’m so excited with how it turned out!  Making this sign does require some basic woodworking skills. If you aren’t a woodworker, or don’t have access to a saw, you can cut the house out of vinyl and put it on a wood sign, instead. 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 Home Sweet Home BA1464. It will be listed under the Everyday category.

STEP 2: CUT AND TAPE VINYL DESIGN

Open the design in your software program.  Resize the two houses so they’ll fit on your wood blocks.  I made the width of the small house 3.5″ and the width of the large house about 5.75″.  If you’re making the houses of out wood instead of vinyl, you can delete the pieces for the roof.

You might need to group or attach the heart and the words with the small house to make a stencil.  The larger house is already to go.

Now that everything is sized correctly, you can cut the design with your Cricut or Silhouette.

Once everything is cut, weed away the excess vinyl.

Since this is a stencil, you’ll want to pull out the letters, little lines and the heart.  You can use your weeding tool to make it a little easier.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the design. Place the transfer tape sticky side up on your surface, then place the vinyl on top of the transfer tape and smooth it down.

Rub over the design firmly with your scraper tool.

Then, trim off the excess transfer tape and cut apart the two designs.

STEP 3: PAINT THE WOODEN HOUSES

To make these houses, you’ll need a piece of 6″ and 4″ pine.  Cut the 6″ pine to 8.5″ and the 4″ pine to 4.5″. Then, cut the tops at 45 degree angles to create the roof shape.  You’ll also need the cut 2 – 6″ and 2 – 4″ pieces of a furring strip . Cut one end of each piece at a 45 degree angle. If you don’t want to use wood, you can also cut the shapes out of vinyl.

Paint the roof pieces dark gray, the large house white, and the small house a light gray.  You’ll probably need to do a couple of coats to get a nice even coverage.  Let the pieces dry completely.

Grab the small stencil and pull off the vinyl backing.

Position it on the small piece of wood.  The shapes should be pretty close to the same size.

Grab your scraper and rub over the vinyl a few times.

Then, pull off the transfer tape.

Repeat these steps with the larger stencil.

Cover both stencils with a light coat of paint that’s the same color as the house.  So, for the larger house you’ll cover the stencil with white paint.

And you’ll cover the small house with gray paint.  This step is optional, but helps to prevent bleeding.

Once that paint dries, you can fill in the stencil. For the larger house, I just added a little bit of white to my dark gray paint and painted the stripes.

On the smaller house, I used white for the words and pink for the little heart.  Once again, you’ll probably need to do two coats of all the colors.

Once the paint is dry to the touch, you can carefully pull off the vinyl stencils.

Use a weeding tool or craft knife to help remove the pieces from inside of the letters.

Give the paint a little more time to dry and then lightly sand over the edges and tops of the houses.  You can also sand the edges of the roof pieces.

STEP 3: ASSEMBLE THE WOODEN HOUSES

Add some glue to the roof pieces

And then glue the roof pieces into place.

Add some glue on the back of the small house and then position it on the bottom right corner of the larger house.

Once the glue has dried, wrap some twine around the larger house a few times and tie it in a knot.

Cut the ends short and then glue on a cute little twine bow.

And that’s it, this project is finished!  Didn’t it turn out cute?

 

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