DIY Santa Stop Here Sign
You don’t want Santa to miss your house so this Santa Stop Here sign is just what you need for the holiday season. This is a project we are building from scratch, but don’t let that intimidate you.
If you are uncomfortable with the cutting or don’t have the tools for it, just ask your home improvement center to do it for you.
DIY Santa Stop Here Sign
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links provided for your convenience. This means, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.
Cut File Used:
- Plywood (4”x4” cut at 48”x1/8th”)
- White Matte 12”x12” Sheet of HTV
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- StandardGrip Mat
- Kraft Board
- Espresso Stain
- Vinyl Gloves
- Staining Rags
- Paint Brushes
- White Chalky Finish Paint
- Ryobi Air Nailer Set
- Mini EasyPress
- Minwax Polycrylic
- Mitre Saw
- Wood Plaque
- Import the cut file downloaded from Makers Gonna Learn to Design Space.
- To create the wooden sign, you are going to want to create an octagon in Design Space and cut it out of cardstock to use as a template for the wood. So, we’ll begin with that.
- Grab an octagon shape and duplicate it twice. Now you need to size them. Move one octagon to the other and size it down a little to create a border. Select them both and choose Align Center.
- Next, select them both again and Slice. Delete all of the sliced layers you don’t need. All you need is the border layer.
- Move your remaining octagon over and size it so that the border is showing. Select both, Align, Center. Select both, Group.
- With the cut file, you can see that it’s set up to be used like a stencil. We don’t want that today. Instead, we just want to use the words. So, we need to separate them from the octagon shape.
- Select the cut file and separate the words from the octagon by using Contour to remove the shape. Bring the words over to the octagon layer of your sign, click Arrange, and Bring to Front. Then size them accordingly.
- Select all layers, Align, Center, and then Group. Go to the Layers panel, select only the words and the border and click Attach. Lastly, select both layers, Align, Center, and Group.
- Click Make It. For the words attached to the border piece, you’ll need to choose Everyday Iron-On and choose Mirror. For the plain octagon, you need to set the material to Kraft Board. Place your materials on the mats, load the mats into the machine one at a time, and cut your materials.
- Before you apply the cut vinyl, make sure the post and octagon sign piece are stained and have had at least 2 hours – preferably 24 hours – drying time. Also, make sure that all edges and surfaces of your wood have been sanded and are nice and smooth.
- The post topper and plaque will be painted in white.
- Center the post on the plaque (we’re using it as the sign base) and use the nail gun to attach them together.
- Weed your HTV. Remember that you want to leave behind the letters and the border and weed away the rest. Don’t forget to weed out the centers of the letters too. Because this is HTV, it has built-in transfer paper. So, once weeded, you can peel your design up from the mat.
- Lay your design down on your stained octagon wooden sign. Using your EasyPress Mini, start in the center and work your way out. You will need to give extra attention to heating the edges of the border. Even on the edges, we like to work from the inside to the outer edge to ensure proper adherence.
- Carefully remove the transfer sheet. If any parts begin to pull up, lay down your Teflon sheet and use your EasyPress again to heat that area.
- Apply E6000 on the back of the octagon right where you will attach it to the post to secure them both. After that, apply E6000 to the post topper and attach it.
Tanner, Courtney, and the rest of the Makers Gonna Learn Team are all here because we love die-cutting and especially love sharing fun projects and tutorials with fellow makers. We are all great friends and are always having a blast when we are together- you will see this on camera, especially during live streams! We are here to inspire and support you in your crafting journey!