Wood Round Welcome Sign with Cricut Iron-On Vinyl

Creating a DIY wood round welcome sign

June 22, 2020 | Contributor: Paula, Cricut Blog Team

Wood round welcome signs with customized iron-on vinyl decoration can help you spruce up your front door without too much work. Follow along using just a few materials and household items to complete this simple DIY home project for your door, garden, kitchen, or any other space that might need a fun sign. Or skip to the video tutorial below.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Step 1: Stain the wood

Prep and protect your work area by covering it with paper or plastic. Be sure to use something thick enough to keep the stain from bleeding through the material.

Wearing gloves to protect your hands, use the stain sponge or T-shirt to dip into the stain. Remember a little stain goes a long way!

Staining a wood round sign

Then, rub the stain into the wood. Brush the wood with the stain sponge or T-shirt. Take care not to drip stain onto the wood because it will leave spots rather than giving it an even coat. Let the stain dry completely. I recommend giving it at least 24 hours.

Step 2: Cut out a design for the vinyl decoration

Using your Cricut machine and vinyl material, cut the design with Design Space. If you are not a Cricut user and would like to cut this design by hand, use the SVG file to scale it to your project. Both links to the design are below.

Weed the design and preheat your EasyPress 2.

Weeding an iron-on design

*Be sure to scale the SVG design to the size of your project. This vector image will allow you to increase the size without losing resolution. Then, use a printed copy as a pattern to cut your vinyl by hand.

Step 3: Press your design onto the wood

Press your design onto the wood according to the Cricut Heat Guide. For this specific project using Cricut Everyday Iron-On, a wood base, and my EasyPress 2 with mat, I will:

  • Preheat the wood base for 5 seconds (preheating pulls moisture from the base to help the iron-on adhere properly).
  • Place the iron-on design face down, liner side up, onto the base and heat at 300°F for 45 seconds with firm pressure.
  • Slowly remove the liner when cool to the touch.
Applying iron-on vinyl (HTV) to a wood round sign
Wood round welcome sign decorated with Cricut iron-on

Step 4: Add embellishments and hang on the door

Arrange your greenery and bow as you like onto the wood round. Make sure you lay it out first before gluing it down. I found it easiest to use a glue gun to adhere my decorations onto the wood round.

Embellishing a wood round sign with greenery and ribbon bow

If you need a great bow tutorial, I like this one from Lily Ardor

Finally, attach the twine to the back of the sign using the staple gun to hang onto your front door.

DIY wood round sign video tutorial

Here’s a video tutorial so you can follow along as I make my wood round welcome sign.

Looking for more DIY home inspiration?

Return to the Cricut Guide to DIY Home Projects.

54 thoughts on “Creating a DIY wood round welcome sign

  1. I love this idea of a series of tutorials on things to make for your home. Your Christmas one was awesome. I am always looking for new ideas and current trends but dont have the time. These tutorials are very much a plug and play. Awesome and more please!

    • Hi Kim, it’s actually an image that Paula used to create the iron-on design. Please find the “welcome” image by searching for “#M8A1DAA3.”

        • Be sure to include all characters in the search as noted: #M8A1DAA3. An SVG file is also available above in the blog post if you are still having trouble finding it. Hope that helps.

  2. Hi: I was just wondering why you use heat transfer vinyl vs permanent vinyl. Is it more weather resistant? Love the sign! Thanks, Karon

    • Hi Karon, Paula used iron-on out of personal preference. She liked the way it easily adhered to the wood. Permanent vinyl can also be used with great results.

    • Hi Angela, the “welcome” part of the design is an image, #M8A1DAA3, and the “to my home” is Avenida Com font.

  3. I am working on a project of a child’s table that I painted with chalk paint. I would like to add inspirational words but not sure which vinyl or method to use that won’t pull off the paint, for instance if the tape transfer were used, or damaging or discoloring the paint with heat. I am very new to Cricut and I dont want to run the table.
    Thank you kindly,

    • Hi Janet,

      We recommend that you always do a test on a small, unnoticeable section of the project before using vinyl or transfer tape. If you’re worried about damaging the paint, perhaps use removable vinyl in a pattern that you can easily hand-place? That way you won’t run the risk of hurting the paint at all. On the flip side, if you’ve tested part of the table with vinyl/transfer tape combo and the paint held up, you could do a more intricate design! Hope that helps!

  4. I want to know the lettering on the round wooden sign “welcome” what font is that?

    • Hi Jaci, it’s actually an image that Paula used to create the iron-on design. Please find the “welcome” image by searching for “#M8A1DAA3.”

      • Is there a font close to the lettering of “Welcome”? Love the look of it!

        • Upon checking with the team, there doesn’t seem to be a font that matches the “Welcome” image. However, they are working hard to incorporate one into Design Space soon.

        • Please search for that image number within Cricut Design Space. We’ve also updated this blog post to include the SVG for ease too. Feel free to download that file above.

    • Can you use iron on with wood if you do not have an easy press. I currently use an iron only for iron on but have only used it on Fabric.
      This is a beautiful sign.

      • Hi Diane,

        Yes, you can use a household iron to press iron-on vinyl to wood. The process is likely more difficult than using an EasyPress, but it can be done with a little more effort and pressure. Be sure to preheat – this helps remove moisture and gain a better stick to the wood.

  5. Is this a free project? I see the welcome file but there’s a fee to use it.

  6. If a person wanted to take this design..(the Welcome to my home) portion, but instead of having this in vinyl would prefer to paint it onto the wood and basically create a stencil of sorts…is that possible with Cricut and if so what would be the steps used?

    Thank you!

  7. Hi! Thanks for the tutorial and the neat project. I located the Welcome file, but it’s not free. I was wondering if this was a free DIY project, maybe located somewhere else. Thanks!

  8. Do you not have to you Teflon or parchment paper between the press and the vinyl when ironing it on?

  9. This video was excellent, and I intend to try this project before Thanksgiving. Thank you very much. Flo

  10. These projects have been going around on facebook on the cricut site for months, sure glad you decided to give step by step directions on how to do it, Keep more projects coming. Thank you

  11. I am assuming that if I use a Pizza Pan, I can still use Iron on, but what if I use one of the disposable rounds that you get from the Deli as a party tray? Would you just then use non iron on vinyl? How about a lesson on the different vinyls. I’m new to Cricut and I still have a bit of confusion about the different vinyls and their applications. Thanks for the great tutorial and project!

    • Hi Dee,

      We don’t recommend iron-on for plastic (the deli tray) or metal since you use heat for application. It may melt the plastic bases and with metal, it may get too hot due to conductivity. Rather, we recommend vinyl where no heat needs to be applied to adhere it to the base. And I love your idea for a vinyl lesson. I’ll try to get that on the docket of “to-do” items. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Nope! Paula didn’t seal her finished project out of personal preference, but you can if you would prefer to seal it.

  12. Thanks so much for the tutorial! If I were to use a regular colored paint instead of a wood stain would I still be able to use iron on vinyl or would the heat damage the painted surface?

    • Hi Mattie, as each type of paint may react differently, we recommend testing a small inconspicuous section (perhaps on the back) first to see if the specific paint you use can withstand the heat.

  13. I love this sign, but it was an epic fail for me. I bought the board linked, but the decal was too wide and it didn’t stick to the wood in most places. Fortunately I was able to get it off, sand it, and restrain it. Help! What did I do wrong? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Tammy,

      We recommend always double checking the size to make sure it matches your project. If you are using iron-on material, use the Heat Guide to find the best way to apply the material to your base. The amount of heat and time you apply to the material may affect the adhesion. The temperature of when to peel may also affect it as well. Hope this helps.

  14. I have tried four times and can seem to get this right. My cricut won’t cut the letting correctly. It keeps cutting it off the mat, or not all the letters are fitting where it’s cutting. Do I need the special 12X24 mat?

    • Hi Kayla,

      Depending on the size of your project, you won’t need a larger mat unless the design requires it. Be sure not to force the mat in when it’s loading: a gentle push will do the trick. Pay attention to the mat and how they lay out in terms of measurements before you cut. The screen will show the size of the cut against the mat, so that you can put the material onto the mat accordingly. Hope this helps.

    • Hi Chris, we recommend the use of an EasyPress due to its consistent and even heating, but there have been many who also use a household iron for projects like these.

  15. How do you get the image to print with the extra vinyl on both sides of it to reach to the sides of the wood with the image in the middle? We cannot find the tutorial to figure it out.

    • Hi Michael, here are directions from Paula on what she did:

      “I pulled up a circle in design space, and made it the size of the wood round. then used a rectangle and placed it where I wanted on the circle. I used slice to slice off the ends of the rectangle so it was the same shape as the ends of my circle. Then I deleted the circle. After that, I added the welcome image to my rectangle and used slice again to cut the words out of the rectangle. If you are using iron-on, make sure to mirror your image.”

      Hope this helps!

  16. I love this project and have made two for family members.Someone that has seen theirs wants me to make one for them to purchase. Do I need to Buy a commercial license? Thank you.

  17. What material did you use for the wording? I know iron-on Vinyl, but what was the clear plastic under it that allowed you to pick it all up in one piece after you weeded it?

    • Hi Rachel, the plastic piece that Paula pulls up after weeding is the backer on the iron-on vinyl. As you weed the iron-on material, the remaining design remains on the backer so that there is a protective layer when you press it onto your base. Hope that helps!

  18. I just finished this project, and it looks great! It’s so much fun to have it on my front door and to know I created it myself.

    I messed up the iron-on in my first try (I’ve never done iron-on before, and I think I must have moved the EasyPress rather than holding it straight down), and I created a buckle in the material. I also had a little divot in another area. I reheated the vinyl, and I was able to carefully peel it off. It left a few bumpy/sticky spots that I removed with a nail buffing block used in manicures. I was able to start over, and you’d never know it. The end result looks really professional.

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