Want to add a fun piece of decor to your front door? Learn to make this DIY front door sign and dress up your front door to welcome guests.
I have been making projects with vinyl for YEARS. I got my first Silhouette machine in 2012 and vinyl was the very first material that I cut. I’ve made lots of decor for the interior of my home but not a lot for the outside. So today, I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make a welcome sign for your front door. This project is beginner-friendly and you can use either a Silhouette or Cricut.
If you learn better via video, make sure to scroll to the end of this post and check out the video tutorial.
BASIC SVG & SILHOUETTE STUDIO POSTS
- How to Use SVG files: Tips, Tricks & Ideas
- How to Import Files Into Silhouette Studio
- How to Weed Vinyl
- How to Cut By Color in Silhouette Studio
- How to Separate SVG files into Layers
HOW TO MAKE A WELCOME SIGN WITH VINYL
- Cut out your SVG file
Cut your SVG file using a Silhouette or Cricut. I’m using a free file from LoveSVG. If you want to cut the SVG file out in a few different colors, I’ve included a tutorial for that above.
- Weed the SVG file
Weed the excess vinyl from the SVG file.
- Stain and paint your sign
Stain the sign with wood stain. After the stain is dry, paint a stripe approximately 3″ wide across the center of the sign.
- Add transfer tape to your design
Cut a piece of transfer tape big enough to fit over your design. Place the transfer tape over the design and peel the vinyl backing off of the vinyl. Your design should now be attached to the transfer tape.
- Place the design onto your sign
Line up the design onto your sign and press it down. Use a scraper tool to burnish the vinyl to the wood sign. Carefully remove the transfer tape by starting at one corner and pulling up and toward the opposite corner.
- Attach the hanger
Make a hanger for your sign by creating a loop with twine and tying the two ends together in a knot. Hot glue the ends of the twine to the back of the sign.
This front door sign is super lightweight so it is very easy to hang. If you don’t have a covered porch or a storm door, I recommend sealing your sign with polycrylic to make sure it stands up to the elements. I hope you love your new front door sign as much as I do!
SVG FILE FAQs
How do I open these files in my Silhouette software?
Save the file to your computer. If it is a zip file, unzip it. Open your Silhouette software and select FILE>OPEN and navigate to where you saved the file. You can also import the file(s) to your Silhouette library by clicking FILE>LIBRARY>IMPORT TO LIBRARY and navigating to where you saved the file.
Can I open SVG files in the Silhouette Basic Edition?
No. You must have Silhouette Designer Edition or higher to open SVG files. If you have Silhouette Basic Edition, you can use PNG files and convert the PNG to a cut file.
Can this file be used with a Cricut?
Yes. Any SVG file can be used in Cricut Design Space
DIY WELCOME SIGN VIDEO
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