Today, I’m showing you how to make this super cute wood sign for St. Patrick’s Day. I love it when I find a way to turn a regular wood sign into something extra special by adding a few extra details.  This sign is a great example. The upholstery nails and glitter paint make this sign unique and extra cute! 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 LUCK. It will either be listed under the most recent projects/cut files or under the St. Patrick’s Day category.

STEP 2: PREPARE THE WOODEN SIGN

This wood sign is really easy to make because it’s all straight cuts. You just need a few simple tools. If you don’t want to make your own, you could probably find something similar at the craft store.

Cut your wood pieces down to size.  You’ll need the following

2-3.5″ x 24″ (I used pine)
2 – 1.5″ x 7″ (I used furring strips)

Sand all the pieces so they are nice and smooth.  Place the 2 – 24″ pieces of wood side by side. Add some wood glue to the bottom of the 7″ strips.  Place the strips 1.5″ from the edges of the 24″ boards and let the glue dry.

Allow the glue to dry for about 30 minutes, then paint the sign white. You’ll probably need 2-3 coats.

STEP 2: 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 approx. 14.5″ x 5″. To create a stencil, add an 18″ x 7″ rectangle around the design. Center the design inside of the rectangle.

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

How to Make a Vinyl Stencil in Silhouette Studio

When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the vinyl with your Cricut or Silhouette. For painted signs, I like to use Oracal 631 or Stencil Vinyl

Once it has finished cutting, weed away the excess vinyl. Since we’re making a stencil, you’ll want to pull out the letters, dots, and little clover. You can use a weeding tool to help you remove the vinyl.

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

Use an application tool to rub over the back of the design. Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.

STEP 4: STENCIL THE SIGN

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

Center the design over the wood and press into place. The stencil should fit right between the two small strips of wood.  Line of the straight edges of the stencil with the top and bottom of the sign.

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

Then, pull off the transfer tape. Rub over the stencil one last time.

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

Once the white paint is dry, fill in the stencil with different shades of gree paint.  Once again, you’ll probably need to do 2-3 coats.

To add some sparkle, paint a coat of glitter paint over the letters (I used Folkart Extreme Glitter Paint in Emerald Green)

When the glitter paint is dry to the touch, carefully pull off the vinyl stencil.

Use a weeding tool to pull out the lines inside of the letters.

 

STEP 4: ADD DECORATIVE HARDWARE

On the small 7″ strips, use a ruler and mark each piece in the center at .75″, 2.125″, 5″, 4.875″, and 6.25″. These marks are where you’ll be putting the upholstery nails.

Then, use a hammer to tap the upholstery nails (I found mine on Amazon) into place.

Didn’t it turn out great? It’s a little hard to see the glitter paint in the pictures, but it looks so cute!

 

 

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