Getting double duty out of one item of decor saves time and money. Learn how to make a reversible wooden sign for Thanksgiving and Christmas and have decor for two holidays in one.
I have been making custom wooden signs for YEARS. I got my first Silhouette machine in 2012 and have been making wooden signs ever since. I’ve got signs for almost every season and holiday including my stenciled Summer sign, Halloween chalkboard sign, Fall sign, and Christmas Gnome sign. Today I decided to share a piece of decor that I made that does double duty. This reversible wooden sign works for 2 holidays… Thanksgiving AND Christmas. Yay for saving money AND storage space.
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
Just a note that even though this tutorial is Silhouette specific, you can use the SVG files to make a wooden sign with a Cricut too.
HOW TO MAKE A REVERSIBLE WOODEN SIGN WITH VINYL
- Cut out your SVG Files – I recommend using Oracal 651 vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. The files that I am using in this project are from my free Thanksgiving set and my Baking Spirits Bright SVG. You can also use files from my Snow themed SVG Bundle, my Funny Thanksgiving SVG Bundle , or my Funny Fall-themed SVG Bundle If you want to cut the SVG files in a few different colors like I have, you can follow this tutorial on how to cut by color. Make sure to measure your sign and size your file(s) to fit before you cut your file(s)
- Weed the SVG files – Once your designs are finished cutting, weed the excess vinyl from each of the files using a weeding hook. You’ll want to reverse-weed the snowflakes on the Baking Spirits Bright file because they are small and intricate. To reverse weed, place your transfer tape onto the vinyl (without weeding first). Next, peel off the backing and then peel off the excess vinyl. Your design will remain on the transfer tape. Once all your files are weeded, line up all your pieces on one piece of transfer tape by layering vinyl using this method.
- Paint your sign – You can choose to paint or stain your sign or use a combination of both paint and stain. I chose to paint one side of the sign white and leave the other side natural. After painting, let your sign fully dry. Don’t jump the gun on this one. I know it’s tempting to apply the vinyl but if your sign isn’t fully dry, the transfer tape in the next step will pull up the paint.
- Apply the SVG file with the transfer tape – Once your sign is fully dry, (seriously…you need to wait until it is FULLY dry or you will have a mess), apply the Thanksgiving file to one side of the sign and the Christmas file to the other side of the sign. See this post if you need a tutorial on how to use transfer tape with vinyl.
Display your completed sign with your Thanksgiving decor and then flip it when Christmas rolls around!
I hope you enjoyed this reversible sign tutorial. I’d love to see your work if you make one. Please tag my @kellylcreates so I can see your creations.
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
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