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How to Perfectly Paint Wood Signs with Make Vinyl Stencils Made on Your Cricut

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Learn how to make beautifully painted wood signs using a vinyl stencil you can cut on your Cricut!  Get my free stencils at https://jennifermaker.com/vinyl-stencils-painted-wood-signs

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* A wood sign — I used a sign I found on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YPL2AT Here’s a square sign, too! https://amzn.to/2LVoMQx
* 220 grit sandpaper blocks (I find the blocks easier to use than the paper)
* Wood stain (optional)
* Mod Podge – Matte (do NOT use glossy): https://amzn.to/2PoEOER
* Acrylic paint – https://amzn.to/2RQUlPh
* Stencil brushes and cosmetic sponges
* Weeding tool/Scraper/Spatula – the Cricut basic tool set is my favorite one to use for projects like this
* Cricut premium vinyl in any color.  I used yellow for the Happiness sign and black for the Santa sign
* Cricut transfer tape
* Spray sealer, matte or gloss – I used this specific one
* Standard Grip Cutting mat (the 12″ x 12″ size)
* A way to cut the project (I used the amazing Cricut — see http://shrsl.com/1dq4w )
* My free SVG cut file (available in my free resource library at https://jennifermaker.com/library )

One of the more popular home trends these days are wood signs with names or phrases on them. And they’re really so easy to make and personalize. Last year. I taught you how to apply vinyl to a wood sign and you’ve all made SO many beautiful signs. But there’s another way you can make wood signs — you can paint them to give them a more natural look! Now the first thing people think when I say “painted wood sign” is hand-painting and all the skill required to do that. But we’re going to do it a better way — we’re going to use a vinyl stencil we cut out on our Cricut cutting machines so we paint exactly what we want—no more, no less! So I am showing you how to make vinyl stencils to paint wood signs perfectly — no painting skill needed.

One of the challenges with stenciling paint on a wood sign is bleeding — it can be tricky to get the paint to go exactly where you want it and not bleed under the stencil. Wood signs usually have uneven surfaces and this can cause the paint to bleed. But I know a secret … and it’s called Mod Podge! A little matte Mod Podge over your stencil before you paint it will do wonders, and I’ll show you how to do that in this tutorial.

So for this vinyl stencil technique, you’re going to need some permanent adhesive vinyl in ANY color, matte Mod Podge (don’t use glossy), acrylic paint, and a wood board. I’m using this 12″ x 6″ wood board that came pre-hung with a rope, but you can use any board that has a flat surface. You may also want to sand and stain the wood to prepare your sign in advance, and some sealer to protect your wood sign after you paint it. Other things that will come in useful are stencil brushes, cosmetic sponges, and weeding tools. And your Cricut cutting machine, of course.

I have prepared three stencil designs to show you how to cut, apply, and paint your stencil, and you’re welcome to use any or all of them for your projects.  The designs for both of these the wood sign are free on my blog! So let me show you how to find them and how to put it all together to make your own customized wood sign!

This wood sign is beautiful and fun to make.  The trick, though is to let the paint and Mod Podge dry completely before moving on to the next step.

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