DIY Sign Using My Cricut Explore Air™ 2

DIY Sign Using My Cricut Explore Air™ 2

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What do you look forward to the most during the summer months? Do you have any Summer Goals? Perhaps you plan to try a new hobby, read a new book or embark on a new travel adventure with the family while the kids are out of school. I created this SUMMER GOALS sign to remind me of the upcoming camping adventures I plan to have with my family this summer. This sign is my first original creation using my new best friend, the Cricut Explore Air™ 2.  (If you missed the introduction of my new favorite crafting tool no worries you can see it by clicking here Cricut Explore Air 2 and DIY Mother’s Day Card Using Cricut Design Space™.)

This beautiful wooden sign came out cuter than I imagined! I love it! Today I am sharing my experiences of how easy it is to make this sign using the Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine and Cricut Design Space™.

Materials Needed for this project:

Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine

Cricut Design Space™

8″ Round Piece of Wood

White Paint

Paint Brush

12 in x 12 inch LightGrip Cricut® mat

Cricut Adhesive Foil Sampler

Cricut  Vinyl Transfer Tape

Cricut  Weeder Tool

Scissors

Cricut Scraper

Tape

Directions:

I first painted my pre-made wooden circle white. I thought this would be a nice neutral base for the shimmery metallic vinyl.

I then started to design my project while waiting for the paint to dry. To create the design for my sign, I logged on to Cricut Design Space™ and found the images I wanted to use. I pieced the images as well as the words SUMMER and GOALS to create this design:  The Design Space has so many options for fonts and icons!  I was surprised by the number of suggestions when searching key words such as “camping”, “trailer” and “family”.  Lastly I sized the image to fit my 8″ piece of wood.I chose a copper metallic vinyl found in the Adhesive Foil Sampler pack provided by Cricut for this sign. I really love copper! Simply place the piece of vinyl on your mat shiny side up and prepare yourself for the cutting magic that is about to take place. Since I used the adhesive foil, I turned the dial to the “Custom” setting and when prompted on my computer I selected “Adhesive Foil.” I was amazed how intuitive this machine is! My friends at Cricut thought of everything!Next I simply followed the instructions on my computer screen – load the mat and start cutting. Once the design is cut, you will unload the mat and trim the design to make it easier to work with.  Then you will need to weed the design by removing all of the negative space and leaving the actual product. I found it easier to do this step while placing the vinyl on the mat so it did not move around.When you are done weeding it should look something like this… Pretty neat, right?Next, you will need to use some transfer tape to transfer the design on to the piece of wood, while keeping the letters and icons in tact. I cut the transfer tape to fit the piece of vinyl so it was easier to work with.  It should resemble something like this…  The lines on the transfer tape are so helpful when lining up the vinyl to the wood!You will need to press the transfer tape on the vinyl firmly with the scraper tool. I then peeled the vinyl backing paper off little by little from the vinyl.  Tip: Some of the letters did not come off on the first try so I simply placed the backing on again, rubbed the vinyl and worked my way to the end. I also used a piece of tape to assist me in keeping the transfer tape in place.Next, decide on the placement of the design on to the wood. Once you have decided and everything lines up, apply the vinyl to the wood. SLOWLY start removing the vinyl. Again, if not all of the design wants to come off on the first try simply place the transfer tape on again, press the vinyl and slowly continue to finish. And here is the final masterpiece! A beautiful white and copper DIY Summer Goals Camping Sign to cherish for years to come! Doesn’t it just make you want to go camping?!?!I just love how the copper shimmers like a campfire! I just need some s’mores!! I think I will use this design for a camping t-shirt, too!

I am thrilled with how my first vinyl project came out! I would recommend this machine to anyone who wants to create their own creations! A few other projects I plan to do this summer are some decals for an outdoor game, custom t-shirts and a few summer inspired party decorations. I can’t wait to share my next project with you! I hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to comment below and let me know your experiences and what amazing things you have made with your Circut.  I would love to hear from you.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. #cricutmade #ad


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