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Farm Fresh Christmas Tree Sign DIY

I recently created this Farm Fresh Christmas Trees SVG to use with the Cricut and Silhouette machines.  I included this cute Christmas tree, which comes with the tree done in a red and black buffalo check pattern in PNG format, to use for printing and cutting.

I thought it would be fun to make over a dollar store sign, so I used this one which I think I got from Your Dollar Store With More.  I’m not sure if this is just a Canadian Dollar Store, but you find lots of great signs to use from pretty much any dollar store.

To prep my sign, I started out by giving it a light sanding with just a small piece of sand paper.  I then started painting it with some latex paint from Home Depot, but it was covering way too thin, so I used my white chalk paint by Rustoleum.  This paint covered a lot thicker, and dried fairly fast.  I did still have to apply a couple more coats, so perhaps a little more sanding would have helped the paint to cover better.

I used a cereal box to turn my Christmas tree into a chipboard tree.  To do this, I cut out 3 of these trees.  You’ll want to cut the plain Christmas tree SVG on its own to use for your chipboard die cut.  Duplicate it so you have the number of layers you’d like to use for your chipboard die cut.  I cut out 3 trees, to have 3 layers in my die cut, which turned out to be perfect! I used the light chipboard setting on my Cricut Maker, and cut each tree out twice.  Now, each tree will automatically cut out two times after hitting the CUT button a single time.  Once they’re done cutting and it pushes your mat out, don’t touch the mat release button!  Hit CUT again so it’ll pull the mat back in and cut your trees out a second time.  When all is said and done, the blade should have cut the trees for a total of four times.  If you do accidentally hit the mat release button then chances are slim that your blade will line up exactly where it had cut before.  You may need to finish cutting them out with scissors.

I find it’s a bit of trial and error when cutting cardboard, such as cereal boxes.  Some boxes seem to be a little thicker than others, and cuts don’t always turn out perfect.  Perhaps there’s another setting I should try on my machine.  I find the cereal box setting just doesn’t cut great, even when I cut them twice.  And you have to make sure you place your cardboard image side up so the blade cuts through that paper layer first.  If  you want your finished die cut to have the brown cardboard side up when you’re done, then flip your image within your Cricut program before cutting, otherwise the cereal box picture will be the top of your chipboard die cut.  I prefer the cardboard side to be on top if I’m painting my die cut, but if I’m going to glue a top layer on, like the buffalo check tree, then it doesn’t matter.

Once your trees are cut out, clean up the edges if you need to with your sandpaper, then mod podge, or glue them together.  Don’t use hot glue, as the layers probably won’t sit flat.

Next, I used the buffalo check PNG, which is included with the SVG, to do a print and cut.  The buffalo check tree will open at the same size as the plain Christmas tree SVG that opens with the Farm Fresh Christmas Tree quote.  If you want to re-size your tree, I’d say open the buffalo check tree PNG onto your mat, along with the SVG, then group and re-size them together.  If you want your tree bigger, but don’t want the text bigger, then just re-size your tree.  Ungroup your SVG to hide the plain tree if you aren’t using it.  You may need to ungroup things a couple time here.  Once my tree was cut out, I drew on some stitch marks with a black sharpie, and mod podged it onto my chipboard tree.  I then hot glued on a little bow and some holly leaves for a cute little embellishment.

To finish off my sign, I used my Cricut machine and some matte black vinyl to cut out my Farm Fresh Christmas Trees quote.  I transferred the vinyl quote onto my sign using some clear shelf liner from the Dollar tree as my transfer tape.  This stuff works really well, and is super cheap!  I then inked around the edges of my sign with some silver distressing ink that I had on hand.  You could use paint as well, or you could dry brush all over your sign to give it more of a rustic, farmhouse look.  I then hot glued my tree onto to the middle to complete my sign.

This was actually a really easy sign to make.  I love how my chipboard tree turned out too!  You could use this tree as a gift tag, make it into a Christmas tree decoration just by cutting a hole in the top and adding some ribbon, or cutting it out bigger and using it as a sign all on it own.  Although using cereal boxes is  a little tedious, once the pieces are layered together they create a really sturdy chipboard die cut, and I highly recommend trying it.  If you haven’t cut cardboard before, I’d try some practice cuts first to get it on the right setting, but it’ll be worth it once you figure it out, so start saving all those empty carboard boxes!  And be sure to send a photo of your Farm Fresh Christmas Trees DIY to sales@craftycanadastudio.com so I can share your ideas with my other viewers.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

You can watch my online YouTube tutorial here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5LrA21Dim4

You can find my Farm Fresh Christmas Trees SVG and PNG tree here:  https://craftycanadastudio.com/product/farm-fresh-christmas-trees-svg/

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Foam Board DIY Sign

I created this faux wood sign yesterday, which was inspired from a sign I saw on the Wayfair site.  I created mine out of foam board from the Dollar Tree, lath (a thin strip of wood), a cereal box, and some faux greenery.

I used my hot knife, which is an x-acto knife which plugs in and gets very hot, to cut my foam board.  This knife is great because it sort of melts into the foam board to give you a smooth cut.  I just couldn’t get a nice cut with my regular x-acto knife, and my edges were always coming out rough.  I got my hot knife in a wood burning kit from Rona for $30.00, which I thought was a pretty good price for everything that came in it.  You can find these knives on Amazon as well.  I cut one square at 14″ x 14″, and my 4 strips at 3.5″ x 14″.  These strips created a faux shiplap look.  I then painted the outer edges of my “shiplap” a darker brown (to match the wood frame that would be added later) with cheap dollar store paint, and painted the tops of my foam boards white.  I didn’t paint the bottom square board, but you could paint it a darker color so if you leave a tiny gap between your 3.5″ strips you’ll get a darker looking gap.  I painted all four sides of my 3.5″ strips brown, which I didn’t actually need to do.  All I needed to paint were the sides that would be exposed on the very outside of my sign, so the three outer edges of my two outside strips, and the tops and bottoms of the two inside strips (if that makes sense).  I’ve created a video which will explain it better!

I then hot glued my strips onto my square piece of foam, and cut my lath strips with my handy little hand saw, which I got at Home Depot.  It’s great, because I can use it right in my craft room.  I cut two strips at 14 1/4″, and two at approximately 11 1/4″.  I added the extra 1/4″ to make up for the tiny gaps I put between my four shiplap strips.  If you want your outer edges to be flush, I’d cut the bottom square piece of foam a little bit bigger than 14″.  My wood frame hangs over the outer edges of my sign a little, but that doesn’t bother me.

I painted my wood frame pieces with my dollar store brown paint, with some water added to it.  I wanted to give it more of a stained look, rather than painted, so the wood grain would show through.  I should have added more water to my mixture to make it a little lighter, but I think it still turned out pretty good.  It then hot glued those onto my the edges of my sign, over top the “shiplap”.

To create the circle I used some jute string that I bought at Dollarama.  It’s thicker than the twine, and was perfect for creating my braid.  I wrapped the top end with the jute twine and sealed it a bit of hot glue.  I then braided my string extra long, and measured it to the size of circle I needed, and closed off the bottom ended with more twine and glue.  I cut off the extra string and hot glued it onto the foam board, as well as hot glued on my faux greenery.

To create the Love chipboard, I used my LOVE SVG, and cut it out three times from a cereal box with my Cricut Maker.  I used the setting Light Chipboard within my program.  Once the words were finished cutting and the mat was released, I automatically pushed the CUT button again on my machine to cut it all a second time.  Don’t touch your mat when the machine pushes it out, otherwise it won’t cut along the exact same lines again.  Just leave it, and hit cut a second time.

When cutting a piece of cereal box cardboard, I like to place it on my mat with the logo side up.  I used a Kellogg’s corn flakes box, so I made sure the corn flakes logo was facing up.  This way the blade will cut through the logo paper first.  I find otherwise it has a hard time cutting through that layer of paper when it’s on the bottom, and it’s a huge hassle to deal with.  Because I like the plain cardboard side up when I paint my cut out, I flip my image within my Cricut program, so I’m not trying to paint over the logo.  Again, my YouTube video will explain this better.

Once cut out, I glued each letter together with mod podge, then spray painted my chipboard word with a matte black.  I hot glued this into the middle of my braided ring, and my sign was done!

This was actually a pretty easy sign to create.  If I could learn to use my hot glue gun without burning myself at least once, that would be fantastic!  I think you could use other types of faux greenery or flowers on it as well, and it would look super pretty.  I stuck with the plain green just for the sake of making it look more like the original picture.

I hope you give it a try.  If you haven’t make signs yet with foam board you should definitely give it a try.  It’s super cheap, and looks just like wood when it’s done!

You can find my Love SVG Here.

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DIY Best Friends Reverse Canvas

Yesterday I attempted my first reverse canvas.  I used a small 5.5″ x 7.5″ canvas that I got from the dollar store, and paired it with my Best Friends Are Hard To Find SVG.

I used a knife to cut my canvas from the wood, and struggled a bit to get the staples out.  I used a flathead screwdriver to get underneath them, and quickly realized I need to pick myself up a staple remover the next time I’m at the store.  I made sure I cut my canvas small enough that it wouldn’t stick out past the outer edge of my frame, but big enough that I would have enough material to re-attach it.

Next, I painted my frame.  I didn’t have any stain on hand, so I used brown paint.  It was a little dark, so lightly brushed on a light taupe color, just to give it a bit of a distressed look.

I then cut my quote out in vinyl and attached it to my canvas to paint.  I used a cheap sponge brush that I found at a dollar store to dab on my grey paint.  (My vinyl was vinyl shelf liner that I picked up at the Dollar Tree, and I used clear shelf liner as my transfer tape.)  I knew painting my canvas was going to be a bit risky, because I had a feeling it would run under my vinyl a bit, which it did.  Perhaps spray paint would work better, or I’ve seen people use heat transfer vinyl, which looked great!  I think I’ll try that next time, I just don’t know if it’ll melt the cheap dollar tree canvas.  Once my paint was dry I stapled my canvas onto my frame.  Remember that the original back of your canvas will now be your front!

When I cut my graphic, I hid the leaves and hearts, and cut them separately out of cardboard, using my Cricut machine.  I cut 3 of each, and stacked them together, to create chipboard die cuts.  I painted them a bright blue, and super glued them onto my canvas.

All in all it turned out not too bad.  Like I said, next time I wouldn’t paint it, or maybe I’ll try spray paint.  Hopefully you’ll give it try, because they turn out pretty cute, and are an inexpensive sign to make!

BEST FRIENDS ARE HARD TO FIND SVG.

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DIY Dollar Tree CREATE Sign

I wanted to create a little sign to add to the shelf on my new peg board, so I used an old Valentine’s Day sign that I had gotten from the Dollar Tree earlier this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I removed the hearts, and gave it a quick sanding.  I then painted it with my Americana Decor chalky finish paint in Vintage.  It’s a really pretty, light dusty green color.

I wanted my letters to pop out a little, like chipboard, so I used some cereal boxes which I’ve been collecting for projects like this.  I cut down all of the cereal boxes we go through, because they’re so easy to cut with my Cricut to create chipboard letters and embellishments.

My first tip when cutting out cardboard is to place it picture side up on your mat, so the blade cuts through the cereal box graphic first.  I found when I put it logo side down, the blade doesn’t always cut through that piece of paper.  If you do this, and want your finished letter to be plain cardboard on top, and not the logo, simply flip your image before you cut it in your program.

I cut out three of each letter to glue together, plus one in my paper of choice.  I have the Cricut Maker and it has different options of materials to cut out.  Cereal Box is actually one of the options, but I find it doesn’t cut deep enough, so I use the light chipboard option.  Once the letters are done cutting, I don’t touch anything, and I push the Cut button again on my Cricut to go around each letter a second time just to make sure everything cuts out all the way through.

Once all my letters were cut out, I mod podged them all together.  I gave each one a good press to get out any air bubbles (I rolled over each of mine with a glue stick), and you could also put them under something heavy for a little while to give them some extra pressure and drying time.  I didn’t bother with that step, and mine stuck together just fine.

Then, to finish off your chipboard letters, glue on your top scrapbook paper letters, or simply paint each letter.  To mount my letters onto my piece of wood, I set them in place first get them where I wanted them, and hot glued each one on.

I love how my chipboard letters turned out.  They’re thick, durable, and easy to make.  It’s a little time consuming with all the cuts, but well worth it.  They were perfect for create my Dollar Tree sign makeover!

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Hello Fall Sign

I recently added a new Hello Fall SVG to my Crafty Canada Studio shop.  It includes fun fonts, and a cute pumpkin silhouette.  I decided to make a little sign using this design for my counter.  I paired it with a quick sock gnome that I made, as well as some stacked books I did using my Pumpkin Spice Season SVG as a stamp.

For my sign, I used a piece of MDF wood measuring approximately 9″ high by 5″ wide, and painted it Terrace White from C I L paints.  I then distressed the edges with distress ink to give it a more rustic, farmhouse look.

I cut my Hello Fall SVG out in vinyl using my Cricut Maker at approximately 7″ high by 4″ wide.  (This design works great if you can do it around this size or bigger because of the narrow curls on the pumpkin.  It may not cut as well in smaller designs.)  I weeded my image, and used some clear shelf liner that I found at the Dollar Tree as my transfer tape.  This is perfect because it’s transparent, and cheap!  You may need to use something to pull parts of the design away from your transfer tape and onto your board, as the vinyl doesn’t always pull away that easily.  I personally use a sewing pin.  I do have the Cricut pick, but actually prefer to use my pin.

Once my vinyl stencil was on my board, I used a cheap foam dabber that I bought at another dollar store, and dabbed black paint all over my design.  I let it dry and did it a second time to give it good coverage.  Once that was dry I carefully pulled my vinyl off of my board.  For some reason when I did this it pulled away a bunch of my white paint.  I’m thinking I didn’t let it dry long enough before putting on my stencil.  I actually didn’t mind how it looked, because it gave it even more of a rustic look!

To finish off my sign, I added a piece of orange ribbon to the top.  And there you have it, a cute fall sign!

Hello Fall with Pumpkin SVG here: https://craftycanadastudio.com/product/hello-fall-with-pumpkin/

Pumpkin Spice Season SVG: https://craftycanadastudio.com/product/pumpkin-spice-season/