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How to Make Vinyl Signs with a Cricut

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How to apply vinyl to a wood sign. Make vinyl signs with a Cricut machine.

Learn how to make vinyl signs with a Cricut machine. This quick sarcastic “Please excuse the mess” wood sign is perfect for snarky moms who believe everyone should clean up after themselves.

I am super sarcastic and appreciate all things snark. When I originally saw the “Please excuse the mess, my children are making memories” signs, I nearly fell out of my chair. It’s cute, but honestly I’m months into a pandemic now and so exhausted. My kids are home 24/7 and they’re hella messy. I LOVE their creativity, but I swear it will break me one of these days.

Here’s an example… the night before my birthday I cleaned up the house a bit, knowing I didn’t want to have to clean up on the actual day. I come downstairs that morning and my sons are “making me a birthday present” in the clean office, pulling down all of the craft supplies that I’d JUST put away, and telling me I can’t come into the office because there is a top secret operation underway. Spoilers- I had more cleaning up to do.

Needless to say- My sarcasm meter has hit a 10 and it will probably stay there until I have far less stress in my life. I’m sure some of y’all can appreciate this. Here’s the sign for those of you who are tired of ‘making memories’ and just trying to survive. The exhausted mom in me sees the exhausted mom in you. Namaste.

Get the SVG here —> https://diydanielle.com/product/excuse-mess-svg/

Here’s how to actually make the sign though, in case you’ve never worked with vinyl on wood before.


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Tips for Applying Vinyl to Wood

  • Use PERMANENT VINYL only. 631 or “regular” vinyl is more prone to peeling off…. signs are permanent so you should use permanent vinyl. If you’re applying to wood outside, there’s Oracel 751 which is rated for long term outdoor use. I used the 751 on our Goat House and Kids Garage.
  • If painting your wood, make sure to let the paint cure for 24-48 hours before applying vinyl.
  • Vinyl sticks better to untreated wood, but I don’t generally use untreated wood for my projects. Sanding your wood and applying a clear coat before applying the vinyl may help. My wood for this project is treated with a natural stain.
  • Do not apply a sealer over the vinyl. If you insist on doing this, wait 48 hours before attempting it so the vinyl adheres properly. I’ve used mod podge over vinyl before with decent results.
  • If you’re having trouble with the vinyl sticking, you can try to apply heat using a hair dryer and pressing the vinyl into the wood. This can help it sort of melt into the crevices of the wood a bit.
  • Alternatively, you can learn how to apply iron on vinyl to wood or use the vinyl as a stencil and use paint to stencil the design; if you choose to stencil, you want to reverse weed the design.

How to Make a Sign with Vinyl

Supplies:

Please Excuse the Mess Vinyl Sign Tutorial

Step 1: Cut your SVG on your Cricut Maker

Step 2: Cut and prepare a piece of wood.

Wood and vinyl ready to be turned into a sign!

Step 3: Weed your design.

Step 4: Apply transfer paper to your design.

After the Cricut cuts the design out of the permanent vinyl, I weed away the excess vinyl, then apply transfer paper to the top.

Step 5: Remove the backing on the vinyl.

Step 7: Press carefully to ensure the vinyl adheres to the wood. I use a scraper to really make sure it adheres.

Remove the backing on the vinyl, then adhere the vinyl to the top of your wood.

Step 8: Remove the transfer paper. Occasionally, if something isn’t sticking well, I hit the vinyl with a hair dryer on hot to soften the vinyl and finger press the vinyl into the wood grain. Don’t burn or melt your vinyl though!

Tip: I often reuse my transfer paper 2-3 times.

Use a scraper to help adhere the vinyl to the wood. Afterwards, you can peel away the transfer paper. I often reuse mine.

Step 9: Add lace or other decorations to either side.

I added lace to each side of the sign, then added Command Strips to hang the wood sign with.

Make sure you use a permanent vinyl for wood or you can try using HTV on wood too. That actually works pretty well. This piece of wood was finished with a natural stain and the vinyl seemed to stick fairly

I also layered vinyl on wood for our board game cabinet.

Here’s the SVG file in my shop…

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How to add vinyl to wood without it peeling up!
How to Make Vinyl Signs with a Cricut

How to Make Vinyl Signs with a Cricut

Learn how to make a cute sign using vinyl and your Cricut machine. This is a super easy project and a great use for scrap wood.

Materials

  • Blank Wood Board, Stained 9×17"
  • Sarcastic Please Excuse The Mess SVG
  • Permanent Cricut Vinyl
  • Cricut Transfer Tape
  • Lace Or Other Decorations
  • Glue gun
  • Command Strips

Instructions

Step 1: Cut your SVG on your Cricut Maker

Step 2: Cut and prepare a piece of wood.

Step 3: Weed your design.

Step 4: Apply transfer paper to your design.

Step 5: Remove the backing on the vinyl.

Step 6: Using the transfer paper to place your vinyl on your wood. Make sure to get it exactly where you want before letting the vinyl adhere to the surface.

Step 7: Press carefully to ensure the vinyl adheres to the wood.

Step 8: Remove the transfer paper.

Step 9: Add lace or other decorations to either side.

Step 10: Add Command Strips to the back.

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