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DIY Fall Decor: Create A Wood Sign with Color Chimp Heat Transfer Vinyl

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV Main

One of the best parts about the changing seasons is getting to switching out your seasonal decor around the house. So when we saw this month's beautiful hand-lettered SVG cut file from Bossy Brushstrokes we just knew it needed to go on a sign for our mantel! 

Want to make one of these beauties for yourself? Keep reading to get the full tutorial!

You’ll need:

  • Sign blank (we used a 10" round sign blank from the Target Dollar Spot in our project)
  • Cutting machine (we used a Cricut Maker for this project)
  • Color Chimp Essentials Heat Transfer Vinyl in White and Green
  • Weeding Tool
  • Heat Press or Iron
  • Heat Resistant Tape (Optional, but helpful. We got ours on Amazon). 
  • Grateful SVG file (download it here)

Step 1: Design

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV in Design Space 1   Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV Place in Design Space

Upload the SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your sign. We sized our file to 9.75" tall to fit our 10" round sign. Since we're going to be cutting the wreath and the word grateful out of two different colors of vinyl, we made both elements of the design two different colors in Design Space after we resized it. This tells the machine that you will be cutting each element out of a different color of vinyl and to separate it into two different mats. If you want to cut everything in the same color, skip this step and simply weld the two layers together. 

NOTE: The SVG file is made up of two layers: the wreath and the word grateful. If your sign isn't round, or you don't want the wreath portion of the design simply delete the wreath layer and you'll be left with just the lovely hand-lettered "grateful" portion of the design.

Step 2: Cutting

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV Cutting 1 

Place the vinyl to your mat (shiny side down), mirror your design, and press the GO button on your machine to begin cutting. *PRO TIP: Don't forget to check your settings before you start cutting. Always MIRROR your design when using heat transfer vinyl!*

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV Cutting Mat 2

If you're using two different colors of HTV like we are, you'll need to switch out your mat and repeat the step above with the second color of vinyl.

Step 3: Weeding

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV Weeding 1  Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV Weeding 2

After your machine has finished cutting, remove the HTV from your mat. I like to cut away as much excess vinyl as possible so I can reuse it later (what can I say, I'm a bit of scrap hoarder...). Next, gently pull away any larger pieces of vinyl with your hands and go back in with your weeding tool to remove all the smaller pieces that remain.

Step 4: Place Your Design

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV Place 1  Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV Place 2

Now that you have your design weeded, you're ready to place it on the sign and press it.  Its helpful to go ahead place both pieces of your design first, just to give you an idea of how you want your finished sign to look, and then go back and remove whichever part of the design you'll be pressing second. We decided to press the wreath first, since it is the larger piece, and then press the remaining portion of the design once the wreath has adhered. *PRO TIP: Use heat resistant tape to hold your design in place on your sign.* 

Step 4: Press Your Design

  Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV pressing  Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV rub

For this project, we used our iron to apply each section of the design. Since we're working with Color Chimp Essentials, we pressed with medium pressure for 15 seconds at 320 degrees. We then used a cotton tea towel to quickly burnish over the design a bit just to make sure all the sections have fully adhered to the uneven surface of the sign. You always want to be sure to follow the pressing instructions for the brand and type of heat transfer vinyl you are using because it can vary from brand to brand.

*NOTE: You may have to press each section more than once if the surface of your sign isn't completely smooth. Simply pull away a small section of the carrier sheet to check if the HTV has fully adhered and if not, go back and press again. Keep repeating this process until your design has completely adhered to the sign.*

Step 5: Peel away your carrier sheet and enjoy!

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV peel carrier 

One of the great things about our Color Chimp Essentials line is that you can peel it warm - so you can remove your carrier sheet right away.  If you are doing your design in two section like we did, you'll want to repeat the step above for the second part of your design as well.

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV Finished 2

And that's it! You're ready to add your new sign to your fall decor! One of the things we love about adding HTV to a sign that because the material is so thin and matte it almost looks like it has been painted on. So pretty! 

 Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes Grateful Wood Sign using Color Chimp HTV Finished Sign

As always, if you try this DIY be sure to share a picture in the comments below, we’d love to see your projects! Check back next month for another exclusive hand-lettered design from Arlena and in the meantime, check out her all work over at BossyBrushstrokes.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram.


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