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Can you believe that Santa Claus is coming to town … in 59 days?! I just cannot believe how fast this year has flown by, but I am ready for the holidays.
Each year I like to make a Christmas countdown with my daughters to help them have something to look at and know when the big day is coming; instead of hearing “Is it almost Christmas?” all day, every day.
And since we’re in our No Tricks Just Treats Spook-Tacular week, I thought this would be a great free svg for Day 3.
Don’t let this design scare you or this project for that matter. This is actually a really easy project to complete. You can use pretty much any vinyl that you’d like. You can use adhesive, permanent vinyl, iron-on or stencil vinyl.
If you use adhesive my only suggestion is to use a sign that it will stick well to. The smoother the texture, the better it will stick. Also, if you use iron-on vinyl, I would suggest a canvas or fabric backing. Iron-on vinyl works perfect with reverse canvas signs and you can even find chalkboard heat transfer vinyl at many places, but this one’s my favorite.
Also remember that this sign can be used year after year, so make sure to pick a sign that you think will hold up to wear and tear well. This is probably where I wouldn’t recommend adhesive vinyl. I know that we store our things in our garage and with the Texas heat it wouldn’t stand a chance.
My favorite way to make this type of sign is the reverse canvas method. I like to use Oracal Oramask 813 to create a stencil to paint on my design. This is probably the part that takes the longest because since there are layering colors, you may need to let layers dry off before doing the next one. For the black part, I always use black chalk paint. This makes it perfect for using chalk or chalk markers!
If you’ve never made a reverse canvas sign, it’s simple too. Simply buy a blank canvas from places like Michaels, Joann or Hobby Lobby and take the staples out from behind the canvas. This may take some work, but I use an envelope opener to pry the staples off without tearing the canvas.
Then once you’ve removed the staples, you can stain or or paint the wooden frame that is revealed as that will be your frame for the sign. This will leave you with the canvas to press your iron-on vinyl design to and then you staple it to the back of the frame and cut off the excess with scissors to create a nice looking canvas frame.
QUICK NOTE: 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.
Thank you so much for your support, and if you make anything with this design, tag me @PerfectStylishCuts, I love seeing your makes.
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN SVG CUT FILE HERE