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Do you have a dad in your life who spends a lot of their time in the garage fixing things? Then you need to use this FREE If Dad Can’t Fix It We’re Screwed SVG File to make him a Father’s Day wood sign to display by his tool box!
Seriously, we all know a dad or grandfather who is our own little Mr. Fix It and making a gift like this with your Cricut will take you no time at all.
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If you’ve never made small wood signs like this I am here to help make this a breeze for you. I will share everything I know about making signs with your Cricut.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS IF DAD CAN’T FIX IT WE’RE SCREWED WOOD SIGN
1. You will blank wood sign. You can buy one already framed or you can frame one yourself. You can also use a sign that already has a design on it, maybe that you purchase on clearance and just sand and paint over. Or you can even make a sign using the “reverse canvas” method.
2. Two different colors of paint. One for the background, and one for the design itself. This sign was made using chalk paint and white paint.
3. Stencil Vinyl and Transfer Paper. I like to use Oracal 813 stencil vinyl for this kind of projects, and of course clear transfer paper.
4. Your Cricut cutting machine with Design Space readily available.
5. This FREE If Dad Can’t Fix It WE’re Screwed Svg File which you can download at the bottom of this post.
LET’S MAKE A DIY FATHER’S DAY WOOD SIGN WITH CRICUT
Before we start cutting our stencil vinyl out and making the sign, you will need to find out what size your design should be.
To do this you can use a measuring tape, or your even just your Cricut cutting mat to figure this out.
I like to place my mat above my sign and then to the side of it and count how many squares wide by how many squares tall my design should be.
We need the height and width measurements for the sign, so you’ll want to measure the square area where your design will be placed.
Let’s get started!
Go ahead and upload the FREE If Dad Can’t Fix It We’re Screwed Svg File to Design Space.
Then you will need to first and foremost create a square shape about an inch smaller than the heigh and width of your design blank design area, as measured from the sign you will use.
Once you have the square shape, you will then center the design inside the shape and slice it out, using the slice function in Design Space.
Then just delete the extra pieces, essentially leaving just the square shape with the design cut out of it.
Let’s cut it now.
Since you’re working with stencil material you will need to select the “stencil vinyl” under materials before sending the stencil to cut.
If you’re using a Cricut Explore machine, make sure to turn the dial to the “Custom” setting, and select “stencil vinyl” in Design Space.
Once your machine has finished cutting the design, you will want to weed just the negative parts of the stencil. Meaning, the actual design; making sure to leave the “holes” in letters.
And now we can apply transfer tape to our stencil and place it onto the sign.
Since we will be using paint for this project, you want to make sure that your stencil is fully on the sign, and that there are no air bubbles. You don’t want the paint to bleed and spread.
With your stencil securely on the sign, take as little paint as possible and fill in the design with it. I suggest applying at least 2 coats of paint to make sure that you don’t miss any spots.
You don’t have to let your paint dry, but I suggest giving it at least a few minutes before you start to pull off the vinyl to reveal your finished sign.
When you go to pull off the stencil vinyl, I recommend using a weeding tool to pull it off carefully.
And viola, just like that you have a really cool Father’s Day garage sign gift for the special dad in your life!
TIPS FOR MAKING WOOD SIGNS WITH CRICUT
1. Sand your sign before painting. Seriously, do not start any wood sign project before sanding it down to as smooth as you can get it beforehand. The higher grit of sandpaper that you use, the smoother your surface will turn out.
2. Use minimal paint to avoid bleeding. I always suggest applying paint on wood signs with a sponge brush, like the kind you get at the dollar store. Then use as little paint as possible, but make sure to get all of the areas covered. The reason for this is that if you lay the paint on thick, it is likely to spread and bleed when you remove the stencil.
3. Be on the hunt for signs on clearance to clean up and use for future projects. This is my favorite way to save time and money making my own signs. I tend to look for signs that are on clearance at a price under $5 – $10 depending on the size and then also I look for once that won’t require much work to clean up.
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You can use this design for personal and commercial use. If you’d like to share it with your friends (I’d LOVE THIS!), I do ask that you just link them to this post and help support my website. Also, please don’t upload it to a print on demand (POD) website, or send it for mass production.
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