February will be here in just a few days and that means it’s time to put away the winter decorations and start pulling out the red and white decor!  After the dreary days of winter, I’m ready for the bright cheerful colors of Valentine’s Day.  I don’t have a lot of Valentine decorations, so I thought I would pull out my craft supplies and make something new. I ended up making this cute sign and it took me less that 10 minutes! This project was so quick and easy because I repurposed a frame I found at Dollar Tree!  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 Cupid & Co Chocolate Delivery BA1440. It will be listed under the Valentine’s Day category.

STEP 2: PREPARE WOOD SIGN

I found this cute wood sign at Dollar Tree.  They’ve had these the last few times I’ve stopped by, but I couldn’t find the item online. Hopefully, you can find them at your store.  It measures almost 8″ x 5″ and it’s the perfect size for a mini sign.

I just used a weeding tool to pop the word off the sign.

I took the words off three different signs and they all came off without damaging the white backing.  That’s all there is to prepping the sign!

STEP 3: CUT AND TAPE VINYL DESIGN

Open the design in your software program.  Resize everything to fit inside the frame. I sized mine about 6.75″ wide.

You can add registrations marks to the design to make layering easy.

Do you need help adding registration marks?  Be sure to check out these tutorials.

How to add registration marks in Design Space
How to add registration marks in Silhouette Studio

Cut out the two different colors of vinyl with your cutting machine and weed away the excess vinyl.

Use your weeding tool to pull out the pieces inside of the letters.  Some of the little pieces are pretty tiny, so be careful as you weed.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little large than your design and place it over the red layer.  Rub over the design to help the vinyl stick to the transfer tape.

Flip over the red vinyl and pull off the backing.

Then, replace the backing, but leave the registration marks exposed.

Now, place the red vinyl over the black vinyl and line up those registration marks.

Once you’ve got the registration marks lined up, you can pull off the red vinyl backing again.

Use your scraper to press the red vinyl onto the black layer.

Then, cut off the excess transfer tape and vinyl backing. You can also cut off the registration marks.

STEP 3: APPLY VINYL TO THE SIGN

Flip over the vinyl and pull off the vinyl backing.

Position the design inside of the frame. You can use a ruler to make sure it’s straight and centered, but I just eyed it.

Once it’s in place, rub over the entire design firmly with your scraper.

Then, carefully pull off the transfer tape.  It was a little tricky to get the vinyl to stick to that backing. It has a really smooth finish, which is probably why the word came off so easily.  But, I used my fingers to hold down the edges of the vinyl while I kind of rolled down the transfer tape.

Eventually, you should be able to get all the transfer tape off.

Then, just press down over the design with your fingers to make sure everything is sticking.

And now you have a super cute mini sign for Valentine’s Day!

 

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