Farmhouse decor signs are so trendy, and I love making them. I’ve owned a Silhouette Cameo 2 for some time, and I find that vinyl stencils are the fastest and easiest way to create your own farmhouse decor signs.
I have to admit that my first signs were pretty unprofessional as I originally cut my sign stencils from file folders. It worked, but it really wasn’t the easiest way. I didn’t really know too much about using vinyl as a stencil, or even using other fonts.
My sign making has come a long way and I’ve learned so much from some Facebook groups that I participate in, plus numerous video tutorials. I’m still learning!
Most of the fonts that I like to use for decor signs come from Font Bundles. I have the monthly membership which allows me access to a number of new fonts and designs every month. There are also some very neat fonts that can be purchased through Silhouette, many with commercial use licensing.
This sign was made using what is referred to as the PVPP (paint, vinyl, paint, peel) method and while I have not used this method very much, I’m really starting to like it and will probably be using it more often. I think the Silhouette School blog has a great tutorial for this method, and you can find it HERE.
For this sign I created my design in my Silhouette Studio designer edition.
For a sign like this, I use an 8 inch select aspen board that I get at a local store. In reality it is about 7 1/4 inches, and so I cut it to 7 1/4 inches long, giving me a square sign.
I actually had several of these boards left over from a sign painting workshop that I did for 4-H and have been slowly using them up on these mini signs.
I created a box at 7″x7″ in Silhouette studio and used a serif font for “Amazing” and the “Handmade Card Script” font, that can be found in the Silhouette store.
I did a little offset on Amazing to thicken up the lines a little. It probably was an unnecessary step, but I do like that in doing so, the little flip at the bottom of the lowercase g was all welded together.
Since my board was already painted using Waverly Chalk Paint in white, I decided to try the pvpp method and see how it would turn out. In case you’re unfamiliar with this method, it stands for paint, vinyl, paint, peel.
I used some Cricut vinyl that I had on hand. Oracal 631 is another vinyl that works very much the same.
It adheres well and is easy to remove. I used my Transfer Rite Ultra to transfer the vinyl lettering to the sign.
Now it was time to paint again and I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra in Flat Black, using about 3 light coats and letting it dry in between. When I removed the lettering, I had nice crisp lines and was very happy with it.
|Amazing Grace sign using PVPP method|
I’ve found that Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover in Matte Clear works really well to protect indoor signs and I gave it a couple of quick coats.
For the Frame I used 1″x2″ lumber that and stained it a light walnut color. I cut all my pieces on an older Sears miter saw that I purchased last fall at Habitat for Humanity.
I put down just a little Gorilla Wood Glue on the edge of my signs and then use an electric brad nailer to nail the 1×2’s to the sides.
|Amazing Grace sign with wood frame|
There you have it! A brand new farmhouse decor sign for your home, and all finished and ready to hang on the wall.
If you’re interested in creating signs with your Silhouette Cameo, by all means give it a try. They make awesome home decor and great gifts. It takes time to figure out the process that works best for you, but well worth it when you see the finished product.
Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and we’ll see you again next time.
text 2018, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity