Home sign

I made my first outdoor sign.  I created the design in the silhouette design studio and then cut out the letters onto contact paper.  I am only working with a 12×12 mat at the moment, so I cut out the letters and had to measure and place them manually on the board.  I painted the top of the board with black chalkboard paint and let it dry all day.  I cut everything out and taped it down to see how it would all look before starting to apply the stencil.


I used clear contact paper as my transfer paper.


Then, using the hinge method, I attached the stencil to the wood.


Once everything was placed, I painted over all the letters with black to prevent bleeding.  I let that dry for about 20 minutes.


I proceeded with painting the whole board white.  I did two coats with 20 minute dry time in between coats.


After I was done painting, I started to peel the contact paper letters off.  I did this when the paint was still fairly wet.  Just be careful not to smudge the wet paint.

At the end I used polyurethane as a sealer to protect the wood.


I am really happy with how my first sign turned out and am loving the PVPP method for painting.



Make it a great day,



Paint wood sign with a stencil

Yesterday I thought I would try to paint a wood sign again using contact paper as a stencil.  I wanted to compare the technique and outcome with the PVPP that I just did.

Paul painted the whole board white for me a few days ago, so there was no worrying about dry time.

I used the silhouette to cut the stencil.  I like using contact paper since it is a lot cheaper than vinyl.

I put the stencil on the board and made sure everything was flat and had good contact, no bubbles or spots where the contact paper was sticking up.

I only did one coat of paint, waited about 10 minutes and then peeled the stencil off while the paint was still a little wet.

I did notice I had some bleeding and the letters were not as crisp as the PVPP method.  It was the same brand paint that I used for both pieces.


I will keep trying.  Practice makes perfect, but this morning I am leaning towards liking the PVPP method better.  And I did prep a board this morning to start a new sign.  Stay tuned!

Make it a great day,



PVPP method for wood sign

I tried the PVPP (paint, vinyl, paint, peel) on a wood sign this time.  As I was looking into it, I found two different ways for the end.  The first is to peel the vinyl when the paint is wet, and the second is to peel when the paint has dried.  I thought I would do a quick test run to see if I could see a difference or if I preferred a certain way over the other.

I found both worked pretty well for me.  For me, I decided I would peel when it was mostly dry, to avoid unwanted smudging of the paint.


I followed Melissa’s tutorial for the method.  It is pretty basic.  Paint your board the color you want the letters to be.  For my sign, that was white.  Two coats worked for me.

I cut out my words with my silhouette and attached them to the board with clear contact paper.  Then I painted over the letters with white again.  This is to help the color not to bleed.


Once that is dry, then paint the whole board your base color, for me that was orange.  If you want a full color look, I would recommend two coats.  I only did one coat here as I wanted it to be imperfect.


Here is where you would either peel the vinyl right away or wait till it was dry to peel.  I waited 20 minutes when it was almost dry and peeled the vinyl off.


The next morning when it was fully dried, I took a piece of sand paper and lightly sanded the whole board.  You can also put a layer of sealer on at this time as well.


It really is pretty easy, just has multiple steps.  Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

Make it a great day,


First day of school sign

My birthday is this Sunday.  Paul bought me a new silhouette cameo 3!  I am beyond excited.  I already had vinyl ordered for this sign, so I thought I would make it this morning.


Paul cut a 2×2 board into 4 pieces and painted with black chalkboard paint.  I let them dry for a full day before adding the vinyl.  I wanted to use chalkboard paint for this sign, so it could be used for many years.


With the old machine I had to manually load the paper myself, so I never knew exactly where the first cut would be, or if it would be slightly off.  The new one loads itself.  It is very nice.  I had all 5 colors of vinyl on my mat and hit cut one time.  It is very nice to know where the cuts will be exactly.  It was faster cutting out the vinyl.

I ran into a couple of issues, but were user error.  The machine is very nice to work with.

I was running out of time this morning, so I packed it up and headed to work.  I leave early for work so I don’t get stuck in traffic.  I finished the sign before I started work.


I think it turned out well.  Everything is saved, so going forward this sign will be a lot easier to make in the future.


Make today great,



Vinyl home decor

This weekend was a busy weekend for my Silhouette cutter.  The previous post shows the shirts that I made.  Now we will look at the signs I made this weekend.

The first were measuring cups for our kitchen cupboard.  I will admit I do not always remember my conversions.  And there have been times I have had to stop baking and google to find the conversion.  I made a vinyl decal for my baking cupboard.


I made a sign that I am thinking of giving to Paul’s parents.  The original intent was for Christmas, but that is a long time away.  It may be a “just because” gift.  We will see.  I made the decal, then bought the clips from Wal-Mart and attached them with wood glue.  Paul put a loop wire on top to hang.


The third is for my mom.  She has started hiking and really likes it.  I thought she would like this sign.  I will have Paul put a wall mount on the back so she can hang it on her wall.


The last is for Alex’s room.  We did his nursery in teal, charcoal grey with white trim.  I have looked at these signs since I was pregnant.  It was fairly simple to design in the studio, I just had to figure out the placement and colors.  I put mod podge on the canvas first to help the vinyl stick better.  It was a little more difficult getting the vinyl on as there is nothing behind the back on the canvas to press on.


Make today great,