Today, I am back sharing this easy DIY sign tutorial with you using a cute image from the Cricut Design Space Library. Let’s get started!
Just as a reminder the Cricut Explore Air is an electronic cutting machine made especially for DIY projects and crafts. It can cut a huge variety of materials from paper to iron-on vinyl to vinyl lettering (my fave!) to even thicker materials like leather and burlap!
Some other features of the Cricut Explore Air™ include:
- Embedded Bluetooth for wireless cutting
- Dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step
- Upload your own images for free (.svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .dxf)
- Cut over 60 materials from vellum to leather
- Smart Set dial for easy material settings
- Free Cricut Design Space online software and iPad app
- Cut Smart precision cutting
- Works with all Cricut cartridges
- Integrated storage compartments
Alright, let’s get to that project.
For this project you will need:
1×12 cut to 9 inches
(2) 12 inch trim pieces cut from a 1×2 with 45° angles on each end
(2) 10 1/2 inch trim pieces cut from a 1×2 with 45° angles on each end
1 1/2 inch nails
Cricut Explore Air
First, paint your wood pieces and then distress them with sand paper, if desired.
Next, nail your frame on using a hammer and nails.
Next, I found the perfect image in Cricut Design Space. They have a ton to choose from!
Then, I inserted the image into Cricut Design Space and sized it to fit my board.
Then, I turned to dial to vinyl. (I love this feature!)
I loaded my vinyl. Tip: I don’t use a cutting mat with vinyl.
I sent my design to my machine to cut out. So easy!
I took the vinyl sheet out of the machine, and then I removed the excess vinyl. (aka weeding)
I used this handy hook tool to remove all of the little pieces that were inside the letters.
I put a piece of clear transfer tape on top and cut it out.
Then I took off the white backing leaving the vinyl letters on the transfer tape. I placed it on my sign. Then rubbed it on using this handy tool.
I carefully removed the transfer tape leaving my vinyl lettering behind. Perfection!
If you are thinking of tackling your first project with a Cricut, I would definitely recommend vinyl.
It’s hard to mess up a vinyl lettering project. The results are almost always amazing!
Check out Cricut Design Space and let me know what design you’d like to start with.