HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
- Shadow Box Frame (I repurposed a Dollar Tree frame)
- Etched Glass Vinyl (I found it here and used Silver Gray)
- Application Tool
- Transfer Tape (I used Cricut strong grip)
- Hot Glue & Glue Gun
- Chipboard (Optional)
- Mini Jingle Bells
- Weeding Tool
- Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)
- Cut File (available for free in my resource library)
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 VINYL DESIGN
Open the design in your software program. We are going to reverse weed this design, so it looks kind of like a stencil. The glass on my frame is 7.25″ x 7.25″, so I sized my design to about 6″ and placed a rectangle the size of the glass around the design.
I used etched glass vinyl (silver gray) for this project, but you could also use regular vinyl.
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.
Since the surface of this vinyl is a little rough, regular transfer tape doesn’t work very well, I ended up using Cricut strong grip transfer tape.
Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.
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.
Now, put the vinyl backing back onto the vinyl, but place it about 1″ above the bottom of the vinyl. This will make positioning the vinyl on the glass so much easier.
STEP 3: APPLY VINYL TO THE GLASS
Place the vinyl on the glass. Match up the straight edge of the vinyl with the straight edge of the glass. Then, smooth over that section with your scraper.
Now, pull off the vinyl backing.
Apply the rest of the vinyl to the glass.
Carefully pull off the transfer tape. This vinyl is thin and rips easily, so go slow.
STEP 4: ADD JINGLE BELLS TO FRAME
Use hot-glue to secure the glass inside of the frame.
I had to make a back for my frame, so I traced the shape of the frame onto a piece of chipboard and cut it out.
If your frame didn’t come with a back on it, you can make one. Just trace the shape of the frame onto a piece of chipboard and cut it out.
Next, fill up the frame with mini jingle bells. You want to fill it pretty full, but leave enough space so you can shake the jingle bells.
Then, attach the back to your frame. Since I made the back out of chipboard, I used hot glue to attach it.
And your sign is all finished! Oh, that etched glass vinyl is sooo pretty! I just love it.
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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library