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Torn between trying to decide which holiday to decorate for? No worries! This Reversible Halloween and Thanksgiving Cricut Vinyl Sign makes it super easy to flip from one to the other.
You guys know that I’m a huge fan of Halloween, right? That doesn’t mean I don’t love decorating for Thanksgiving though! I made this Reversible Halloween and Thanksgiving Cricut Vinyl Sign so that I could easily switch from one holiday to the other. Just flip the sign around, add a few props, and you’re good to go!
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You Gotta Love Cricut During Halloween
I love using my Cricut Explore Air 2 all year long but it seems to be even more useful during my favorite holiday, Halloween! From t-shirts to decor, Cricut totally has my back when it comes to all things spooky. When I saw these awesome word art files over on Design Space, I just knew I wanted to turn them into XL Reversible Halloween & Thanksgiving Vinyl Signs.
Cricut Supplies You Need
Before we get into the tutorial, I wanted to talk a bit about the Cricut supplies you’ll need for this project. I wanted this sign to go on my porch so I quickly put together a farmhouse-inspired wood frame. Based on previous experience, I’ve found that Cricut’s Everyday Iron-On works great on most surfaces including wood. Check out their Strong Bond Guarantee if you don’t believe me! Because I wanted to use heat transfer vinyl, I pulled out my handy EasyPress. The large size was perfect for this project!
Supplies needed to make this Reversible Halloween and Thanksgiving Cricut Vinyl Sign:
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Design Space File
- 2′ x 2′ plywood square
- 2′ Wood Trim
- Everyday Iron-On (assorted colors)
- Brown & White Paint
- Wood Glue
Time needed: 3 hours.
Making a sign this big takes a good amount of time and supplies but it’s totally worth it in the end. Just imagine how much a sign this big would cost if you bought in in a store!
- Cut Trim
Measure the trim to fit the sides of the plywood square and cut.
- Stain Wood
Water down a bit of brown and white paint to “stain” the wood. I applied the paint with a paintbrush and used a rag to remove excess.
- Add Trim
Squeeze a line of wood glue to the edge of plywood. Place trim in place and secure with three nails. Repeat to all sides until done.
- Cut Vinyl
Cut and weed all your vinyl.
- Layout Vinyl
Pre-heat the wood by heating the EasyPress to 250 degrees and placing on wood for 15 seconds. Continue doing this until the entire surface has been heated. Place all the vinyl for the Halloween side centered on the wood frame.
- Iron On the Vinyl
Set the EasyPress to 300 degrees and place over vinyl for 40 seconds. This sounds like a super easy step but there may be some differences with your wood and environment that may force you to troubleshoot a bit.
- Remove Protective Sheet
Because of the wood texture, you may or may not have a difficult time removing the protective sheet. Portions of my vinyl didn’t stick so I had to do a bit of spot treatment (see below.)
- Difficult Sections
If you’re having problems with different sections of the design not sticking, I suggest heating those sections again (a smaller EasyPress is helpful) with the Iron-On Protective Sheet. As soon as the time is up, remove the protective sheet and gently press down on the trouble spots with a rag. This will help the adhesive stick to the uneven wood surface.
Ready for the Holidays
I’ve got to be honest, this Reversible Halloween & Thanksgiving Cricut Vinyl Sign took a good amount of time and supplies to complete but I’m so happy with the way it looks on my porch!
Now, as soon as Halloween is done, all I have to do is flip the sign around and add a few pumpkin accessories and I’ll be instantly ready for Thanksgiving!