This DIY wood sign is easy to make by starting with a premade base and adding touches of faux leather and chipboard cut with the Cricut knife blade.
Awhile ago, I received this beautiful patterned paper from Cricut. It was designed by Natalie Malan, and I fell head over heels in love with it. When it time came to design a project involving the knife blade, I knew I wanted to incorporate something from this collection into it. I just love how it turned out, don’t you?
If you’d like to make your own DIY wood sign with Cricut Maker’s knife blade, here is the supply list (affiliate links):
- planked wood base (I used this one from Michaels, it was very inexpensive!)
- patterned paper (I used Brushed Bouquet)
- Cricut chipboard
- faux leather
- tacky glue (the quick drying Scotch brand is my favorite)
- foam dots (optional)
And the tool list…
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut knife blade
- craft knife (the Cricut True Control knife is amazing)
- Design Space image
Step 1: Prepare the Base
Since knife blade cuts take a while, you will want to get that cutting right away. Pull up the image on Design Space, and insert the knife blade housing into the blade holder. (For more info on prep work for cutting chipboard, please see this post on how to cut chipboard with Cricut’s knife blade.) Make sure your chipboard has aired out for 24 hours and you have taped it to a strong grip purple mat.
While the chipboard is cutting, start adhering the paper to the wooden base. I used quick drying tacky glue, which I spread onto the wood with a foam brush to ensure it was completely covered. Then, I placed a sheet of paper on top of the sign. I used my Cricut brayer to smooth out any air bubbles and make sure it was very flat.
Next, I used the True Control knife to make a slit between each plank of the wood sign. I did this so my sign would still look planked. However, just slicing it alone wasn’t enough to make it look planked, so I used a ruler, and pushed the paper down in the cracks of the wood.
Since I used glue all over the board, the paper stuck into the cracks once it was pushed into them with the ruler.
Step 2: Assemble the DIY Wood Sign
Remember to keep an eye on your chipboard while you are doing this. You’ll want to start checking your cuts after 10-12 passes to see if it has cut through all the way. Mine went for 15 passes before I removed it from my machine. One tiny spot was still attached but I just used the True Control knife to slice through it.
Next, cut the same image from faux leather. I am using this beautiful sapphire pebbled leather. The color paired beautifully with the paper and added a touch of texture to the piece.
Use tacky glue to adhere the leather to the chipboard. Once dry, I used 3D foam dots to add the chipboard pieces to the sign. The foam dots added a little more dimension, but tacky glue or even hot glue will work as well.
I used the heart from the centre of the camera and placed it off the side, but you could also keep it for a different project if you would like.
I love how the Cricut knife blade can cut through such thick materials. It results in great dimension and more detail in wall art and home decor. I especially love how this DIY wood sign turned out, and it wouldn’t have been so easy without my Cricut Maker or the knife blade. Their Adaptive Tool System really does steal the show when it comes to electronic cutting machines and their capabilities. (I’m also super excited to see what tool they launch next!)
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