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When making signs for the house I love something that will make people smile. I wanted something new for the porch or patio and since I’ve been spending as much time as I can outside working I went with a little inspiration. This sign can be made in no time with the Cricut Explore Air 2. I made this one with Cricut Premium Vinyl, but you could also use the Cricut to cut out a stencil and paint the words/design on your sign for a more “homemade” look.
Why You Should Get a Cricut Explore Air 2
First, I’ve had some friends ask about getting a Cricut machine and talk about being not sure if it’s worth the investment. Here are some reasons I think will make you definitely consider getting one for yourself!
- Easy to Use – The Air 2 is easy to set up and get going quickly. You can even use the Cricut Design Space on your phone or laptop before you get your machine to get used to the software. This gives you time for any learning curves. Once you have your project ready using the machine is so simple.
- Versatility – You can use the Air 2 for SO MANY projects. Gifts, home decor, organizing, personalizing… It can cut 100 different materials including iron-on, vinyl, paper, specialty materials like glitter paper, cork and bonded fabric, craft foam, poster board, wood (like birch), bonded denim, leather, magnetic sheets, tattoo paper, window clings, and more. Imagine all the things you could make with just these examples. I’ve made many fun shirts, school spirit items, water bottle stickers, gifts, and cards over the years and am always coming up with more ways to use it.
- Value – besides cutting all the materials listed above and more, the Cricut Explore Air 2 can also draw and score using a scoring stylus. It’s versatility and the wide range of things you can make or personalize with the machine makes it such a great value for your investment. After you get used to it, you’ll start coming up with more and more ways to use it. I regularly pull it out to add just a bit of personalization to a gift let alone the full projects it can create.
DIY Porch Sign – Think Outside. Box Not Required.
Our porch/patio needed a little something new. Since I’ve been at home more I’ve been moving around the house and outside to change up my view to hopefully inspire some creativity. This sign is super simple (and quick) to make with the Cricut Explore Air 2.
To make your own sign you’ll need:
- Cricut Explore Air 2 (in the color of your choosing)
- A wooden frame or platform sign. I used a cheap wooden sign I got on clearance a long time ago and just painted over the original design with white so see what you have around the house before ordering one!
- Cricut Premium Vinyl Permanent – I used black and green.
- Transfer Tape
- Cricut Tools
- Cricut Mat – I used the 12×24 since my words ended up being longer than 12 & I wanted
- Some sort of sealant to protect your creation. I like to use any kind in a spray can.
Here’s how to make it:
- Open up my design in Cricut Design Space.
- Select all & resize to a good size for your frame. You’ll want to keep at least several inches of space around the lettering in your frame.
- Follow on-screen instructions or check out Cricut for help on the step by step of cutting with vinyl if it’s your first time. Otherwise, cut everything out with the Air 2!
- Cut out each word to work with each separately.
- Weed the excess vinyl off of each word. The Cricut tools make this easier!
- I like to lay the words on my board/frame to get an idea of where I want them. You can measure, use a level, and mark if you want to be precise.
- Take the transfer tape, cut to the size of a word, and remove the backing. Stick to the letters and rub your hand over the vinyl to make sure it’s all sticking to the transfer tape.
- Peel the transfer tape off with the letters.
- Place on the board/frame and using the Cricut tools make sure the vinyl adheres well.
- Carefully remove the transfer tape and go over the vinyl again to make sure it’s all down well.
- Repeat for the rest of the letters and leaf.
- Seal the final design, hang, and enjoy!