HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
- Wood Circle (Mine is approx. 15″) (I got it here)
- Paint and Brushes (I used White, Tuscan Red, and Ultra Deep Blue)
- Glitter Paint (I used Garnet & Midnight Sky)
- Sand Paper
- Vinyl (For painted signs, I like to use Oracal 631 or Stencil Vinyl) You’ll need a 15″ x 12″ piece.
- Application Tool
- Transfer Tape
- Weeding Tool
- Rope & Staple gun
- Patriotic Embellishments (bow, sprays, etc.)
- 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. 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.
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!
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