The 4th of July will be here soon and it’s one of my favorite crafting times of the year! I’m so excited to break out the red, white, and blue craft supplies and share some new patriotic projects with you!  Today, I’m showing you how to make this patriotic sign with a Cricut or Silhouette. This sign is so quick and easy to make and I’m just loving how it turned out.  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 Sweet Land of Liberty. It will either be listed under the most recent projects/cut files or under the Patriotic category.

STEP 2: PREPARE THE WOOD PIECES

Cut your wood to size and lightly sand it. I used MDF and cut it to 7″ x 9″. Really, you can use any type of wood you have.

Paint the sign a dark blue color.  I used Deep Midnight Blue for my sign.

You’ll need 2 small wooden stars for this sign.  I used 2.25″ stars and I got them here. Paint one star red and one star white.

 

STEP 3: PREPARE THE VINYL DESIGN

While the paint is drying, open the design in your software program. Resize the design to fit on your sign. My wood is about 7″ x 9″, so I sized my design to about 6.5″ tall and 6″ wide.

When everything is sized correctly, you can cut the vinyl with your Cricut or Silhouette.  Once it has finished cutting, weed away the excess vinyl.

Use a weeding tool to pull out the center of the letters.

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

Use an application tool to rub over the design. Then, trim off the excess transfer tape and vinyl backing.

Flip the design over and then pull off the vinyl backing.

STEP 3: APPLY VINYL TO THE WOOD SIGN

Once the sign is completely dry, place the vinyl on it.  Keep the design on the left hand side of the sign.

Once it’s in place, use a scraper and rub over the entire design.

Carefully pull off the transfer tape.

STEP 4: ADD FINISHING TOUCHES

Flip the sign over and glue down the end of a piece of jute.

Wrap it around the sign 3 times. Cut the jute and glue down the end on the back of the sign.

Flip the sign back over.  Add some hot glue to the back of the wooden stars.

Then, press the stars into place.

That’s it! Your sign is finished! Mine will be going on a shelf. But, if you want to hang it, you can add a sawtooth hanger on the back.

 

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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library

 

 

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