I love to decorate my front porch for the different holidays and seasons.  Some of my favorite projects to make for the porch are door mats & door hangers.  Today, I’m showing you how to make this Patriotic door hanger with your Cricut or Silhouette. This door hanger is easy to make and is a fun way to dress up your door for the 4th of July or any other patriotic holiday. I used a brush script welcome saying for this door hanger, but you could also use lots of other patriotic phrases. 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. Look for the file called Welcome with Flag. It will either be listed under the most recent projects/cut files or under the Patriotic category.

STEP 2: PREPARE WOODEN CIRCLE

Sand the wooden circle so it’s nice and smooth, then paint it white. You’ll probably need to do a couple of coats. I used a 15″ circle because I had it on hand, but you can use something smaller like a 12″ circle.

STEP 3: PREPARE THE VINYL DESIGN

While the paint is drying, let’s get the vinyl ready. Open the design in your software program and size it to fit on your wooden circle. I sized the design to about 12″ wide. Normally, when I make a stencil, I’ll draw a box or circle around the design that is the same size as my board. But, because the wood circle is 15″ and most machines only cut 11.5″, I couldn’t do it with this design. So, I created a rectangle around the design that was about 13.5″ x 11.5″.

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 631, but you can also use Stencil Vinyl or Oracal 631.

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

Once everything is cut, weed away the excess vinyl. Since this is a stencil, you’ll want to remove the letters and stripes, leave the stars.

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

Rub over the top of the designs with a scraper.

Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.

 

STEP 4: STENCIL THE WOODEN CIRCLE

After the white paint is dry on the sign, it’s time to apply the vinyl design. Flip the design over and pull off the vinyl backing.

Position the design in the center of the board from right to left and almost to the bottom of the circle. You’ll want to leave some blank space at the top for the bow and embellishments.

Rub over the design with a scraper to help it stick to the wood.

Then, pull off the transfer tape and rub over the design one more time with a scraper.

Paint the wooden circle with one more coat of white paint. This is to help prevent bleeds.

Once the white paint is dry, fill in the design with blue and red paint. It’s best several light coats of paint, rather than 1 thick, heavy coat.

To add a little sparkle, I painted on a couple lights coats of glitter paint.

After the glitter paint has dried to the touch, carefully pull off the vinyl.

Use a weeding tool to remove the centers of the letters and the stars.

STEP 5: ADD FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE CIRCLE

Flip the sign over and staple on a piece of rope for hanging the sign.

Glue on a couple of pieces of metallic sprays to the top of the circle. These were actually balloon weights that I just cut apart. They look so cute!

Then, add a pretty patriotic bow.

I trimmed off the ends of some of the metallic pieces so they weren’t quite so long.

And that’s it – now you’ve got an awesome 4th of July sign to hang on your door. I LOVE it how it turned out!

It’s so hard to capture the sparkle of glitter in photos, but it’s there and it looks so pretty!

 

 

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

 

Looking for more 4th of July crafts you can make with a Cricut or Silhouette? Check these out!

 

DIY Patriotic Doormat

DIY Patriotic Book Display for Silhouette & Cricut

DIY Patriotic Sign

DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

 

 

 

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