Learn how to make a custom stencil and paint a Christmas Tree Farm sign on scrap wood. Plus a FREE tree line template file for using in your Cricut projects.
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I recently tackled my first BIG Cricut project…. I know, it took me long enough. I decided to make a large, oversized sign for above our Christmas mantel:
I loved my sign so much, that I decided to make a little tutorial for you all in miniature form.
How to Make a Christmas Tree Farm Sign
Supplies You’ll Need
- scrap plywood
- paint brush
- Decoart Vintage Effect Wash – Patina
- pouncer brush
- white chalk paint
- dark green paint
- Cricut – I use an Explore Air 2
- standard grip cutting mat
- removable adhesive vinyl – any color will work, since it’s just for the stencil
- transfer tape
- Cricut tools – I LOVE my gold ones! You can find them online HERE (I think it’s exclusive, or something, because I haven’t seen them anywhere else)
A Super Quick Video Tutorial
Step-By-Step Instructions for this Christmas Tree Farm Sign
- Start with a piece of scrap plywood – in any size you like. I make a large sign for our living room, but did a smaller 11×12-inch version in the video.
- Cover the wood surface with a coat of the Vintage Effect Wash paint. Wipe away excess with a rag, until the desired color and coverage is achieved. Let dry.
- Design your stencil in Cricut Design Space. Here are a few notes about this:
- Fonts used: Cloucester MT and BlcakJack
- Arrange and space your words as needed to accommodate the size and shape of your sign.
- Add the tree line by uploading your own image. Here is a .png file for you to download and use (for personal use only, thanks!!). When you upload it, have the Design Space treat it as a simple image.
- Remember to weld and attach all of your elements before cutting.
- Cut your vinyl on a standard grip mat.
- Remove all of the letters and graphics from the vinyl sheet. Transfer the stencil to the wood with transfer tape. Smooth everything out, and you’re ready to paint!
- Start with the green paint and a pouncer brush. Using a straight up-and-down motion, fill in the trees with green. Let dry completely.
- Next, using the same method, fill in the letter with white paint.
- Then, using a very dry pouncer brush, add a little bit of “snow” to the trees. Add the white paint at a diagonal line or just around the edges of the tree branches. Be careful with your brush, so that you don’t end up with a bunch of rings from the brush instead of natural looking snow.
- Peel away the vinyl. Lightly sand, if desired to distress.