I recently made two versions of these cute farmhouse style houses. On the white one I hand painted my saying on and with the navy, I used my Cricut to cut it out of HTV (Heat transfer vinyl). Make your own cute farmhouse wood sign with the following instructions.
To make these farmhouse style wooden houses, you need to start with a simple wooden house shape. My husband cut these out of scrap wood for me. You can make them any size you desire, for reference mine measures approximately 6.25″x8.25. If you can’t cut your own, you can always check these ones out here. You will want to make sure that all your edges are sanded down because nobody likes a sliver!
I then painted both houses. The one ended up navy blue, the other I painted black as a base and then painted white over top. The reason for that is so that the black would show up under the white when you distress it. I then distressed the white paint.
Make a Farmhouse Wood Sign Without a Cricut:
Now to transfer your saying without a cricut, you need to print it out on a sheet of paper in the size you want. I used Srikonita Script One_Slant and size 150 font.
Cut it out and layer it on your sign with a sheet of graphite paper. (If you don’t own graphite paper, you can use a pencil and colour over the backside of your paper). I like to hold everything in place with a couple pieces of tape. Trace over your letters with a sharp pencil and you should end up with a nice outline on your board.
Then with a fine paintbrush you can fill in your letters. Of course, if you don’t have a steady hand, you can use a sharpie, or a paint pen.
Then, simply add whatever embellishments you desire. I tied some twine around and stuck in a little twig of boxwood.
Make a Farmhouse Wood Sign WITH a Cricut:
For the second sign, I decided to try using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV). To do this, you need to open up Cricut Design Space. I used the same font and sized it to 4.”5 x 1.8″. Cut it out on your cricut. Remember to place your HTV shiny side down and to mirror your saying. DON’T FORGET to mirror your image! You’ll only need a small piece of vinyl for a sign this size, which is perfect for using up those precious scraps!
After your cricut has done all the hard work of cutting out your word, you need to weed it and apply it to your sign. I used an easy press heated to 315 for 15 seconds. Then I checked it and applied it for a few seconds more.
So What did I learn? PROS and CONS?
The hand painted sign definitely has a painted look to it, whereas the htv is “perfect.” However, there is one spot where the vinyl must have moved when I was applying the heat, so you have to be extra careful not to move your press or it will squiggle your vinyl.
Can you tell it’s vinyl? Well… not from across a room, but on close inspection, yes. You can see the grain of the wood through it, though, so it is better than just a sticker laid on top.
Which one do you like better? I’d say it depends on the look you’re going for. If you want a distressed, vintage look definitely hand paint your sign. If you don’t have a steady hand, then perhaps the vinyl is the better option for you!
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