A DIY Housewarming Sign?!? Oh My! Don’t you just love a great bargain? I just love stopping by Target’s Dollar Spot! You seriously never know what you will find. When we spotted this blank sign, it was shortly after we found out a lovely young couple was going to be moving to their new home soon.
I saw this sign and said, I can DIY this into a Housewarming Sign for them! You see, the lovely couple actually gave me the idea without even knowing. We meet for dinner as often as our schedules allow, the four of us and we exchange which couple is cooking. It’s so fun! The variety of food has been amazing too!
The Idea for the DIY Housewarming Sign
During one of our dinners, they were mentioning how much they’ve been enjoying being at home as opposed to going out so often. They both agreed “home is our happy place”. We get that! We’ve been there and got the T-Shirt. 😆 We were like us too!
So when I saw this blank sign, I knew just exactly what the writing would be for this special sign and moment in their lives. I purposely left some blank areas around the wording in case they want to add some clips to hang some photos or add cup hooks for keys and such.
So yes the budget price? $5 blank sign and permanent vinyl I already had in stock since I buy in bulk rolls for my primary colors. Now there’s a win-win for ya! And they didn’t even know they picked the phrase, priceless!
Allow me to show you just how easy this is to make. I even made a video in case you love to learn visually! I know I sure do 🙋♀️
- Blank sign ( I found mine at Target)
- Premium Vinyl
- Project DS File
- Cricut Blue Mats
- Transfer tape for vinyl
- Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Maker
- Cricut Weeding tools
This part was so easy since the lovely couple gave me the idea of the image I could use from Cricut’s Design Space. I found one very similar and only had to use the function “Contour” to make it exactly how I wanted it to look. I then sized it on Cricut’s canvas so it would cut the size to match the blank housewarming sign I picked up at Target.
Grab you Cricut Design Space file from my modified file here
Once sized how you want it to fit nicely on your sign, click on the “Make It” in the upper right-hand corner, then you will see this screen
Select “Browse Materials” then select “Premium Vinyl”
The default pressure is fine for this cut. Now we head over to your Cricut cutting machine.
Lay your vinyl shiny side up on your Cricut mat.
Then load your mat into the Cricut and push the arrow button
Once the mat has loaded the Cricut Go button will flash and you can press that button to let your Cricut know to cut the files
Once the Cricut is done cutting you can press the arrow again to unload your mat. You can now remove your vinyl from the mat and cut your vinyl with scissors for each section of images you plan to apply to your blank sign
Weed the excess vinyl from each piece being careful to get the insides of letters such as an O.
Cut and apply transfer tape on top of each vinyl piece you’ve weeded
Peel back about 1 inch of the carrier sheet and line it up on the sign where you’d like it to be applied. Once you know it’s nice and aligned, you can peel off more of the transfer carrier sheet so that the transfer tape is fully covering the vinyl
Now you have your transfer tape on top of your vinyl which is on top of your wood sign
Now it’s time to burnish the transfer tape and the vinyl firmly so the vinyl will want to stick to the wood sign
Proceed with the rest of the images and use a ruler if needed to keep everything aligned
Here are a few more pictures of the process
The hinge method shown above is helpful with longer images or words. First, you peel back a good portion of the vinyl that is stuck to the transfer tape leaving the transfer tape backing left behind. Then use scissors to cut half of the backing piece off
Smooth vinyl and transfer sheet onto the sign carefully
Fold over the remaining piece of vinyl and transfer sheet
Carefully pull back the rest of the transfer sheet backing and smooth the vinyl and transfer sheet into place on the sign
Then burnish the vinyl and transfer sheet onto the sign and carefully peel back the transfer sheet to reveal your finished DIY Housewarming Sign! Yay! You did it 😊
Video of this DIY Housewarming Sign
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