Welcome to Day 14 of my 25 days of Craftmas series!  Today, I’m showing you how to make this cute sign for Santa’s Magic Key. This sign is perfect for those who don’t have a chimney and need an explanation for how Santa gets inside to deliver the gifts. 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 Santa’s Magic Key. It will be listed under the category-Craftmas 2020 – Day 14.

STEP 2: PREPARE VINYL DESIGN

Open the design in your software program.  Size the design to 5.5″ wide and leave the height proportional.

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

 

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the design and place it sticky side up on your work surface.  Then, place the vinyl on top of the transfer tape.

Rub over the design with your scraper.

Trim off the excess transfer tape.

STEP 3: PREPARE WOOD SIGN

Start by making a mark 1/2″ from the edge and 1/2″ down from the top on both the right and left side of the sign.

Drill a small hole on your markings.  We will be threading thin jute twine through the holes, so you don’t need them to be very big.

Paint the entire sign red.  You’ll need 2-3 coats to get a nice even look on your sign.


STEP 4: APPLY VINYL TO WOOD SIGN

Grab your vinyl design and flip it over.  Carefully pull off the vinyl backing.

Position your design on your painted wood sign.

Make sure the design is straight and centered.

Rub over the vinyl with your scraper.

Then, pull off the transfer tape.

STEP 5: ADD FINISHING TOUCHES

Thread some jute twine through the holes on the back of the sign and tie knots in the front.  If the twine can be pulled through the hole, you can tie a couple of knots so it stays in place.

Place the decorative key on the sign and grab a small nail.

Use a hammer to tap the nail into place.

And that’s all you need to do to complete this cute sign.  Now, you just need to find a place to hang it so Santa can deliver all the presents.

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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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