Home Sweet Home sign

Learn the Custom Project Design Process With This Home Sweet Home Sign

January 30th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am excited to back here on the Cricut blog to share a fun new tutorial with you! Recently, some friends of ours got married, and I was able to create this cute Home Sweet Home farmhouse inspired sign for them using my Cricut Maker & Design Space.

Today we are going to be talking about how to use images in Design Space along with Cricut fonts & some of your own fonts to create your own unique project like I did. Let’s get started!

1: Choose Your Images

Pick the images for your project

TIP: I would recommend getting Cricut Access if you own a Cricut machine. All the images with the little green tag are totally free to use! You can also find tons of free Cricut fonts and more to use in your designs with an Access membership.

Pick the images for your project

For this project, I decided to use this Home Sweet Home image and a swirly heart image from Cricut Access.

2: Insert Both Images in the Design Space Canvas

Insert your images

Now the fun is about to begin. Let me show you how you can combine both of these images into one new image that you can cut out with your Cricut machine.

3: Weld Your Images Together

Weld the images

First, I resized my heart a little bit smaller and than put it right next to the Home Sweet Home image and tilted it just a bit until it looked good to me.

Weld the images

Next, I selected all the images at once, and then I clicked the weld button in my Design Space toolbar.

Weld the images

After I clicked that button, the two images became one! So cool! This is by far my favorite tool!

4: Personalize Your Design

Add personal touches to your design

To personalize this Home Sweet Home project I used one of my favorite fonts (Better Together) and a Cricut Access (Cricut Alphabet) font to add the last name & year established to the bottom of my design.

Personalize your design

This is what my final project design looked like. I love how you can personalize a design to your liking!

5: Size Your Image

Change the size of your image

Next, I sized the image to fit my project. TIP: I inserted a shape & sized it to be the exact size as my board would be. Then all I had to do was drag my design on top & make it just the right size. Delete the extra shape, and you are good to go!

Don’t forget to pin this post for later! You’ll want to remember how to use that welding tool.

6: Cut Out Your Design and Make Your Sign

Make your Home Sweet Home sign

Alright, let me show you how I finished up my DIY farmhouse sign.

Supplies:

First, you will prepare your mat with some vinyl. TIP: Instead of cutting a sheet of vinyl, I just keep it on the roll to prevent waste.

Cricut Maker cutting vinyl

Then you will press go, and that will send your design to your Cricut machine to cut out.

Weeding vinyl

Once your design is cut out, weed out the excess vinyl using a weeding tool.

Vinyl design
Put transfer tape on the design

Next, apply a piece of transfer tape right over the top of your design.

Prepare the frame

For my sign, I just used an 11 inch by 11-inch piece of wood (painted white) and then added a simple frame that I made out of 1x2s & had stained. I used a nail gun to attach those around the painted board.

Carefully peel away backing

Flip your design over, and then carefully remove the backing paper leaving the vinyl stuck to your transfer paper.

Use the scraper

Gently lay your design down on your sign where you’d like it to be, and then rub gently with your scraper tool.

Remove the transfer paper

Carefully peel back your transfer tape, leaving your design in place.

Finished sign

Vinyl lettering is so easy to do, and it looks perfect every single time! Thanks so much for having me over! If you like this project, please share it.

Let me know if you have any questions below!

28 thoughts on “Learn the Custom Project Design Process With This Home Sweet Home Sign

  1. I have the original circuit looking to buy a bigger one! Does the circuit air allow you to design your on designs and does it have cursive writing?
    Thank you in advance for you feedback
    Micki

    • Hi. The answer is yes for both! There are cursive fonts available (and you are also able to use any font on your computer by switching to System Fonts) and you can create your own designs/upload your own images into Design Space.

  2. I love the step by step instructions I am new to cricut and I learn faster with hands on. Iwillbe making this soon thanks for sharing.

  3. I tried my first project and the design will not release from the transfer paper. I continually used scraper tool and the spoon tool with no results, my vinyl ended up being ruined. What am I doing wrong?

    • Did you use regular grip or strong grip? Sometimes I find it helps to peel away the backing where I slowly pull it so it’s horizontal and burnish as I go.

  4. I just bought the new Cricut Maker. I am new to this and need all the help I can get. Trying to figure out what adaptive tools I can buy to work with the Maker. Looking forward to learning

    • Hi. Right now there is the Rotary blade for the Maker. The Knife blade is coming out this year and we have other adaptive tools in the works.

  5. Hi, love this Blog. I am pretty new to the Cricut world and have a cricut Explore.
    I would like to learn how to take a picture of hand writing on a card and put it on a pillow.
    are you able to walk me thru this? many thanks, Sandy

    • Hi. Thanks so much. You would take a picture of it. Make sure it is a file type like .jpg and then upload to Design Space, erasing all the spaces around the words and within letters. One way is that you could have it cut out the words in iron-on (make sure you mirror the words when using iron-on), remove the vinyl around the words, then adhere it to the pillow following the instructions on the roll.

  6. I love this tutorial!! Feeling disheartened as I wanted to make wedding sign for my niece
    Purchased cricut yrs ago for scrapbooking only-6×12 mat only-any suggestion how to make bigger signs?I like the words being tied together! Thanks so much, Lori

    • It depends on the size you want to make. You would need to do it in pieces. You could try something like deciding on what your words or phrase will be and using 2-3 letters for each part. For example, if you wanted to say the word Wedding in a big sign, you could do Wed, then ddi, then ing. This way you could get the Cricut to make any connecting lines between words. You would then carefully piece it together, removing the extra letters after matching up the connecting lines, if that makes sense.

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    • Hey, we all start somewhere and have to learn these things 🙂 Do you mean cut it out? You would pick your shape, then create your text. Move the text on top. Select all and choose Slice. It will remove the text. You can delete those and voila! You have a shape with text cutout.

  8. Made this project tonight, it was my first creation using my Cricut. I used a wooden 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 piece that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.. Took me longer than I thought to make, but it turned out. Wish I could post a picture. Had difficult time using the transfer paper and alignment on my wooden surface.

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