How To Make A Wood Sign – Farmhouse Style| From Start to Finish

How to make a painted customized wood sign with wood frame.

In this tutorial I will show you the step by step process of creating a design, cutting the design using a Silhouette Cameo, transferring the design to the wooden sign and how to build the frame.

Supplies Needed

Step 1: Purchase Design at Silhouette Store

Open Silhouette’s Design Store and search for “Peter Rabbit Carrot Patch” – purchase the design and download the file.

Silhouette Design Store

Step 2: Design Image on Computer

Import it to Silhouette Studio. Adjust the size to fit your wooden back

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Silhouette Design Store

Step 3: Cut Settings

  1. click SEND
  2. select CUT with the circle and square
  3. chooseVINYL, GLOSSY (or whatever type of vinyl you are using) in the drop down material menu
  4. click BLADE type (I am using AutoBlade) 
  5. all settings are highlighted towards the top right corner
  6. click SEND at the bottom of the screen
How To Cut Vinyl on Silhouette Cameo

Step 4: Send Cut File To Silhouette Cameo

(excuse the photos from a different project. I forgot to take them as I was making this sign)

How To Cut Vinyl on Silhouette Cameo

Step 5: Weed Design

You can use the Silhouette tools. I prefer to use a sewing seam ripper as I always have one on hand and it’s very sharp! *Note* if you are going to paint your image on, reverse weed the image = remove the letters, etc as that will become your stencil

How To Cut Vinyl on Silhouette Cameo

Step 6: Apply Transfer Tape

It’s recommended to use transfer tape. I always use clear sticky shelf liner because it’s so economical and I can purchase it at my local grocery store. Apply the sticky side of the transfer tape to the top of the vinyl image. Use a credit card to carefully smooth the transfer tape to the vinyl design.

Carefully lift the transfer tape up, ensuring the vinyl has stuck to the transfer tape. Go slow, and re-smooth with the credit card if needed.

How To Cut Vinyl on Silhouette Cameo

Step 7: Transfer Vinyl Design to Solid Surface of Choice

Line up the design on your solid surface and lay transfer tape with vinyl down. Press firmly with your hand to begin the “sticking” process. Use a credit card to smooth out the design.

How To Cut Vinyl on Silhouette Cameo

Step 8: Remove Transfer Tape

Carefully remove the transfer tape from the vinyl (the vinyl will stick to the solid surface.

How To Cut Vinyl on Silhouette Cameo

*Note* If you are painting your sign, now is the to paint!

How To Make A Wooden Sign

Step 9: Build the Frame

Mark pieces of 1×2 to length and cut. Stain the wood your color of choice, my favorite is Minwax Early American. Use an air nailer to secure 1×2 pieces to design for frame.

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Ta da! Isn’t it adorable?!?! I love making my own signs!

How To Make A Wooden Sign

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