Family Name Sign
This is a project that I first did last year for my daughters. I made another one this
week, and decided to repost the tutorial as I have a better camera now. I also am a
better blogger in general.. and the truth is, I get embarrassed at my older posts!
But – I guess that shows growth and improvement over the year, so that is good!
I started, as I often do, with a cabinet door from the Habitat For Humanity Restore.
When I am searching through the used doors there, I don’t always have a project in mind.
I have found that I can usually adjust the project to the size/shape of the door. So don’t
feel as though you are limited if you find yourself looking for cabinet doors – you can always
adjust the placement and size of the vinyl words to fit.
Here is the cabinet door I used. I sanded it, then painted it in an off – white enamel.
Then I got out my Silhouette machine to create the vinyl.
This was the first one I have made with my machine. The others I ordered the vinyl words
from a couple of online shops. It was very inexpensive to do that way and I was more
than happy with the results. So don’t feel as if you have to have your own vinyl cutter to do this.
I will post links to a couple of places at the end of the post.
I began by choosing a font I liked and putting the words into the Silhouette -
Then I loaded the color vinyl I wanted to use into the machine and had it cut the words. EASY!!!
This was a birthday gift for my co-worker Angela, whom I adore.
I wanted it to be a surprise so I called Angels’s daughter to find out the year her parents were married.
She told me 1986 – and I put 1987..
Have I mentioned my age lately? Argggggg!!
After the vinyl was done, I applied the transfer paper to the back and
began figuring out placement on the door.
Then I pulled out my uber special vinyl tool – aka spatula- to press the letters firmly onto the door.
I guess I will find out just how well that holds as I try to pull off the 7 and replace it with a 6..
Poor Angela still has it at the office-waiting for me to fix it. For some reason she didn’t
want to just change the year they were married. Something about this being their 25th year and all..
Then I just pulled off the transfer paper and it was done! So easy and the cost was under $3!
(but don’t tell Angela that!)
I did decide to add some hooks to the bottom so she can use it as a coat/hat rack -
So that brought the total up a whopping $11!
I got these nickel finish hooks at Home Depot – $2 each.
I had my husband screw them on – he informed me I need my own drill..
Didn’t it turn out cute?
This is such a great gift – personal and functional
This picture also gives you a sneak peak of the wainscoting project I have going -
I hope you feel inspired to make one!
When I made my first one a year ago – it was under $5 to have the words made.
If you do decide to and want to check out some vinyl prices, here a a couple of gals I highly recommend!
Thank you so much for visiting me today! I would love to have you come back -
And I always love to hear from you!