Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hand Painted Sign Using Cricut Vinyl as a Stencil

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I made several gifts this past Christmas using my Cricut. One of my favorites was a Cedar Plank "home" Sign for my mother who lives in Virginia. I used Cricut vinyl as a stencil for the state outline and text. I used this same technique on my laundry sign, but tweaked the process this time.

Celebrate your home state with a hand painted cedar sign using a vinyl made with my Cricut.


Supplies for hand painted sign:

Cricut Cutting Machine
Vinyl (they also make stencil vinyl)
Standard Grip Cutting Mat
3 pieces of cedar plank (or other scrap wood)
Wood glue
Mod Podge
Small paint brush
Testors Acrylic Paint
Makeup wedge sponge
2 eye hooks
1 piece of heavy twine

Celebrate your home state with a hand painted cedar sign using a vinyl made with my Cricut.

To make the sign, I used 3 pieces of scrap cedar we had left over from our closet project and glued the planks together by using wood glue in the tongue and groove. For extra stability, I glued 2 more scrap pieces vertically on the back of the sign and clamped it until it was dry.

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While the sign was drying, I got to work on my design. Open up the Cricut Design Space and upload an image of your state. If you do not know how to do this, check out my post on How To Use an Uploaded Image With Cricut.

Celebrate your home state with a hand painted cedar sign using a vinyl made with my Cricut.

Once you have your state design, add a text box underneath and type "home" in your desired font. Apply the vinyl to the standard grip mat and follow the instructions to set the material type and start the cut. Once the cut is finished, carefully remove the negative vinyl from the mat; this will be your stencil. You could also weed off the design and use transfer tape to apply the stencil part to the sign.

Celebrate your home state with a hand painted cedar sign using a vinyl made with my Cricut.

When I painted my laundry room sign, I had a little bit of bleed through and one of my blogger friends suggested using Mod Podge before painting. Once my stencil was applied and all of the edges were pressed down, I used a small paint brush to apply Mod Podge to the exposed areas that would be painted and let it dry for about 30 minutes.

Celebrate your home state with a hand painted cedar sign using a vinyl made with my Cricut.

I used the makeup sponge to apply a thin layer of the vanilla paint to the exposed areas. I let it dry over night and then applied a second coat. While the paint was still wet, I carefully removed the vinyl stencil.

Celebrate your home state with a hand painted cedar sign using a vinyl made with my Cricut.

Once the sign was dry, I attached the eye hooks to the back of the sign and knotted a piece of heavy twine through them to hang the sign.

Celebrate your home state with a hand painted cedar sign using a vinyl made with my Cricut.

Have you ever used this technique on a sign? What state would you make?


Celebrate your home state with a hand painted cedar sign using a vinyl made with my Cricut.



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