Do It Yourself

DIY Custom Last Name Sign

AH! You guys…how adorable is this monogrammed last name sign?  I’ve been experimenting with making these signs for a while now and this is by far one of my favorites.  The best part about it?  It’s SUPER EASY to make!  Keep reading to find out how to make yours.

What you’re going to need:

  1. A small slab of wood.  For this particular project I’m going to use a 12 x 12 piece of wood.  I usually get my wood from Lowes Home Improvement and have them cut it down for me.
  2. Your choice of wood stain.  I chose Minwax’s “Honey.”
  3. Two colors of HTV or iron on vinyl. Yes, you can apply HTV to wood…who knew?!?
  4. A Cricut or Silhouette machine to cut your vinyl.
  5. A simple household iron

Ok, so now that we’ve got all our materials, it’s time to get started.  First things first–go ahead and stain your piece of wood.  After your happy with the color I recommend giving the piece of wood a good wipe with an old rag just to make sure you get any excess stain off, which will also help it dry a little faster.  I’d wait about an hour for the stain to set.  You don’t want your wood to still be wet while you are trying to apply the vinyl.

While you’re waiting for your stain to dry, you can go ahead and print your design.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT FORGET to place your vinyl shiny-side down and put your cut settings on “mirror.”  Or else your design is going to print out backwards.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this and wasted a perfectly good piece of vinyl!

Once your vinyl has been cut, go ahead and remove or “weed” out the excess vinyl.

Woohoo! We are almost done.  Now for the tricky part.  Go ahead and turn your iron on, I usually set mine on medium to high temperature (better safe than sorry), I’ve definitely had it too hot before and completely ruined my vinyl.  While your waiting for your iron to heat up you can go ahead and center your large initial on the piece of wood.

Once your happy with how it looks go ahead and place a teflon sheet, or if you don’t have a teflon sheet you can just use any thin piece of cloth, over your vinyl and move from section to section pressing the iron down for about 15 seconds at a time.

When you think the vinyl is ready, go ahead and SLOWLY peel the clear sheet off, making sure as you are peeling that all the vinyl is sticking to the wood.  If not, just lay the sheet back down and re-iron.

Now, just repeat these same steps with your second colored piece of vinyl.  You definitely want to make sure you have some type of protective layer between the iron and vinyl this time now that the initial is no longer protected by it’s clear sheet.  If your iron touches the vinyl with nothing between, IT WILL MELT IT, so be very careful.

And there you have it..your very own customized last name sign!  These also make amazing gifts.  I always like to finish off with a clear coat of polycrylic just for some added protection.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! 🙂

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