Now that we have finally finished celebrating Christmas with all family members (took some time as we had to wait for nice weather on the weekends to be able to have a safe, masked, outdoor Christmas gift exchange with our different sets of family members!), I can finally share the how-tos for the DIY Christmas gifts I made for Xmas 2020. I have been seeing the wood round door hangers and signs all over Pinterest, and I love the look of them and the many ways you can personalize them and tailor them to the person you are gifting them to. So, one of my DIY gifts this past Xmas were DIY personalized wood round signs that I painted or stained, and then personalized with my Cricut. They are so easy and fairly inexpensive to make and the design possibilities are endless, so I thought I’d share some of the designs I used for my signs.
DIY Personalized Wood Round Sign Materials & Supplies
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- 14″ Wood Rounds (you can DIY these using the same method as I used to create the round boards for my DIY Wood Farmhouse Clocks or purchase on Amazon or Etsy)
- Paint (colors of your choosing, I used Cobblestone Grey, Iron Gate black or Cashmere white paint – Heirloom Traditions brand)
- Wood stain (colors of your choosing, I used Rustoleum Dark Walnut or Rustoleum Worn Navy)
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut mats and weeding tools
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Heat Press
- Bow Maker Tool (optional – but makes bow making much easier!)
- Wired 1 1/2″ ribbon (I used different colors of gingham ribbon mixed with white ribbon, depending on the design of the sign)
- Staple Gun
- Jute Twine
- Faux Eucalyptus Stems
DIY Personalized Wood Round Sign Instructions
- Paint or stain your wood round(s). I used a variety of paint colors and stains to create different looks for the signs I was creating. Use painters tape to create straight lines between the paint and stain. Here are the varieties I used:
- Dark Walnut stain
- Dark Walnut Stain and White Paint
- Dark Walnut stain and Black paint
- Navy Blue stain
- Navy Blue stain and Black paint
- Dark Walnut Stain and Grey paint
2. While the stain and paint are drying, create your designs in Design Space or purchase designs online and upload them into Design Space.
3. Cut out the designs on heat transfer vinyl using the colors of your choice (don’t forget to mirror!)
4. Use a heat press to adhere the designs to the wood rounds. Be sure not to press for too long or too high heat as it will cause the HTV to melt and slide around on the wood round.
5. Use jute and a staple gun to create a hanger on the back of the wood round. Use staples to adhere one end of the jute to the top half of one side of the board. Cut the string long enough for the center of the string to stretch about one inch above the wood round once the other end is stapled to the other side of the wood round.
6. Create a bow using 1 1/2″ wired ribbon. I used a bow making tool I purchased off Amazon which made this step super simple. I used two colors of ribbon for the bows I created, and then attached the bow to the front of the wood round using a staple gun.
7. Once the bow was attached, I also attached faux greenery to each side of the bow, again using the staple gun. I chose faux boxwood as the greenery as I already had a 10′ length of faux boxwood garland and I just cut off small pieces of greenery from the garland.
Here are some of the final, finished wood signs I made as gifts for family:
There are many different designs you can create with these wood rounds and they make wonderful gifts for any occasion: Mother’s Day, housewarming, baby shower, new baby, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and more! Let your creativity flow with these signs!
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