HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
- Dollar Tree Houses (I got mine here)
- White Vinyl (I got mine here)
- Transfer Tape
- Weeding Tool
- Paint and Brushes
- Mod Podge
- Glitter Snow (I got mine here)
- Wood Glue
- Craft Knife
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Christmas Embellishments
- Small Wood Piece for the Stand (approx. 2.75″ x 11.5″)
- Electronic cutter (cricut explore or maker, silhouette or other cutter)
- Cut File – There’s Snow Place Like Home BA2118 (click here to get the SVG file for free from my free SVG 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 There’s Snow Place Like Home BA2118. It will be listed under the Craftmas 2022 Category-Day 18.
STEP 2: PREPARE THE VINYL DESIGN
Open the designs in your software program and size it to fit on your wood houses. For the stripes, you’ll just need to make sure they are a little wider and a little shorter than your house. For the words, you’ll want to make sure they will fit inside the house.
When everything has been sized correctly, you can cut the designs with your Cricut or Silhouette.
When everything is finished cutting, remove the vinyl from your cutting mat and trim off any unused vinyl.
Weed away the excess vinyl from around the designs.
Use a weeding tool to remove the small pieces inside the letters.
Cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than your designs and place them on top.
Rub over the designs with your scraper.
Trim off the excess transfer tape and cut apart the designs.
STEP 3: PREPARE THE WOODEN HOUSES
Push off the backs of the houses. The backs are just glued on, so you should be able to do this fairly easily.
If there is glue or paper hanging over the edges of the house frame, you’ll need to scrape it off.
Pull the printed paper off the backing of the houses. This step is optional since the printed paper would be on the back side of the sign and you won’t really see it, but I think it looks nicer to pull it off.
I know you could skip these steps and just paint over the printed paper. There are two reasons I chose to do it this way. First, I think it’s way easier to apply the vinyl to a flat surface. It would be a little harder to apply it with the frame in place, especially all the stripes for the tall house. Second, since the paper is slick, I was worried about the paint sticking. I thought it could pull off when the transfer tape is removed. That being said, I think either way would work. But, if you’re leaving the backs in place, lightly sand the printed paper before you paint.
Flip the house backings over and pull off the tag. Then, paint the backs red.
After the first coat of paint has dried, lightly sand both pieces.
Then, paint on more coat of red paint and let it dry.
STEP 4: APPLY THE VINYL DESIGNS
Grab the vinyl stripes and pull off the vinyl backing.
Center the stripes on the house. The stripes should hang over the edges just a bit.
Rub firmly over the vinyl.
Then, pull off the transfer tape. Since the edges of the stripes are hanging over the edges of the house, you’ll probably need to keep them in place with your finger as you pull off the transfer tape.
Apply the vinyl words to the other house.
Use a craft knife to trim off the excess vinyl stripes.
STEP 5: ASSEMBLE THE SIGN
Add some glue onto the back of one of the house frames.
I used my finger to smooth it all out.
Then, press the frame onto the backing. Repeat with the other house.
Glue some Christmas embellishments onto the taller house.
Place the two houses on the stand and arrange them in the center.
Once you’ve figured out where they need to go, put some glue on the bottom of the front house and glue it in place.
Add some glue to the bottom of the other house. You can also put a little glue on the front of the frame that will be covered by the front house. Then, press that house onto the stand and push the two houses together.
Brush an even coat of Mod Podge onto the roofs of both houses.
Sprinkle on some glitter snow and press it onto the Mod Podge.
Finally, glue some fake mini Christmas trees onto both sides of the houses.
And that is it, this project is finished. I just love how it turned out!
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