It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

A week or two ago, one of the bloggers I follow on Instagram posted a picture holding an adorable Christmas sign. I’m definitely one of those types that looks at many things and says to myself, “I could totally make that”, and this time, I did!!!

A fun twist on a traditional Christmas lyric.

A fun twist on a traditional Christmas lyric.

For this project I used:

Blank Wooden Sign

Paint

Foam Brush

Silhouette Cameo

Vinyl

Transfer Tape

The materials needed for this project.

The materials needed for this project.

To start, you will want to paint your board. The original sign was white with red letters, so I decided to stick with that. Except I chose to do more of an off white as opposed to a pure white! When painting large surfaces like this, I really love using foam brushes! I think it makes moving the paint on the large surfaces so much easier and it gets covered pretty quickly.

Begin by painting your sign. I used an old box to keep the paint off my table!

Begin by painting your sign. I used an old box to keep the paint off my table!

Once it has been painted, allow it to dry completely before placing the vinyl.

Once it has been painted, allow it to dry completely before placing the vinyl.

While I was waiting for it to dry, I began designing the words for my sign in my Designer Edition software. Once I was happy with my design, I loaded my vinyl into my Cameo and set the design to cut.

I designed the layout of the words in my Designer Edition software.

I designed the layout of the words in my Designer Edition software.

Once it was cut, I began weeding the negative vinyl from the design. Don’t forget to get the centers of the Os and Bs and letters that have openings like that. Once everything is weeded, you will need to apply the transfer tape. If you are working with a design as large as mine was, be very careful applying the transfer tape as you don’t want it to apply unevenly. Start from one end, and slowly work your way to the other end. Once your transfer tape is applied, you will want to burnish to ensure the transfer tape properly adhered to the vinyl.

Once it has cut, the negative space will need to be weeded out.

Once the design has cut, the negative space will need to be weeded out.

Weed out the unneeded vinyl.

Weed out the unneeded vinyl. Be very slow and careful while doing this to ensure it doesn’t accidentally grab onto any of your design.

Once the large outer part has been weeded out, you will need to weed out the centers of the letters.

Once the large outer part has been weeded out, you will need to weed out the centers of the letters.

I like using fine tip tweezers to grab the smaller vinyl pieces.

I like using fine tip tweezers to grab the smaller vinyl pieces.

Apply transfer tape and burnish the design to make sure the tape grabs the vinyl.

Apply transfer tape and burnish the design to make sure the tape grabs the vinyl.

When the paint has dried, you can apply your letters. Carefully lift your transfer tape from the backing, and line the design up on your sign blank the way you would like. Burnish it, working from the center outwards. Once you have burnished, slowly start peeling back your transfer tape. I had several letters that didn’t want to stick to the paint, but I simply burnished a little more over that letter and then continued slowly peeling back my transfer tape.   It also wouldn’t hurt to press down on the letters with your fingers once the transfer tape has been completely removed to ensure the vinyl has adhered.

Carefully peel back your transfer tape with your design.

Carefully peel back your transfer tape with your design.

Line it up on your sign like you want it.

Line it up on your sign like you want it.

Burnish the design so that the vinyl will adhere to the sign.

Burnish the design so that the vinyl will adhere to the sign blank.

Slowly peel back the transfer tape.

Slowly peel back the transfer tape.

And that is it!! It’s a pretty simple process, and in the end you’re left with an adorable little holiday sign!  I actually took this one to work to put on my desk over the holidays!

The finished sign!

The finished sign!

Have you ever seen something in a store and then tried to recreate it?

Be sure to tell me how it turned out in the comments!

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