Welcome to day 2 of my 25 Days of Craftmas Series.  Today, I’m showing you how to make another easy Christmas countdown sign.  This one works kind-of like a clock.  You just rotate the hand each day as you get closer to Christmas. I’m excited to show you how to make it.  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 It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas. It will either be listed under the most recent projects/cut files or under the Christmas Category – 25 Days of Craftmas 2020 – Day 2

STEP 2: PREPARE THE VINYL DESIGN

Open the design in your software program. Resize the design to fit on your sign. I sized my design to about 10.8″ 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 vinyl on the transfer tape.

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

STEP 3: PREPARE THE WOOD PIECES

You’ll need a wooden circle for this project. I used a 12″ wood round I purchased from Lowes.  Paint the wooden circle red. I used Tuscan Red for my sign. It will probably take 2-3 coats to get good coverage. Painting the back is optional.  I usually just do one quick coat on the back.

STEP 4: APPLY VINYL TO THE WOOD SIGN

Once the sign is completely dry, it’s time to add the vinyl

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

Place the vinyl on the wooden circle.  Do your best to center it on the sign. You can use a ruler if you want, but I just kind-of eyed it.

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

Carefully pull off the transfer tape.

STEP 5: ADD FINISHING TOUCHES

Drill a small pilot hole in the center of that little dot.  That should be the center of your sign.

Place a small washer over the hole you just drilled and thread a small screw through the hole on the clock hand.

Then, screw the clock hand into place.

You want the screw to be tight enough that the hand stays in place as you move it, but loose enough that you can rotate the hand. You can use a screwdriver to make small adjustments.

If you want to hang your sign, you’ll need to add a hanger on the back.  To do this, cut a piece of rope about 12″ long.  Then, flip the sign over and use a staple gun to attach to rope to the back of the sign.

You can also add a cute Christmas bow.

That’s it! Your sign is finished!

 

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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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