Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I loved it as a kid, and now as an adult with four kids it is A LOT of work, but I love how it sparks imagination in kids and lets them explore different ideas. And who doesn’t love candy, right? We even allow some of the “darker” things, like this year we have a zombie, Day of the Dead lady, and a grim reaper, in addition to our sweet rainbow fairy. My porch is decorated with a few creepy things, and we’ll have scary music playing during trick-or-treating. It’s all just so fun. (If you’re on my email list, I shared photos!) To add to my festive porch, I decided to make this reclaimed wood “Something Wicked This Way Comes” Halloween sign, and want to share the tutorial with you!
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DIY “Something Wicked This Way Comes” Halloween Sign Tutorial
Vinyl Cutter and cutting mat (I have the Cricut Explore Air™ Machine + EVERYTHING Starter Set)
Cricut Access Account
Old Reclaimed Wood Board
Design and Setup:
Alright, the first thing you do for this project is sign into your Cricut Design Space account and search for the Something Wicked This Way Comes Project. You’ll notice it is a little different than what I created, so to get what I made you’ll need to pare down the images to just being one outline of the words, one outline of the hand, and one outline of just Wicked, which you’ll eventually overlay in copper onto the black.
Once you have it all set up, hook your computer up to the cutting machine. If you have an Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine you can also just use your phone and bluetooth. I’ve done both and love the bluetooth option, but for this project I had plenty of space so I just connected my laptop.
Cut it out!
Next you’ll need to cut out the image you want to be copper, so you select that “Wicked” layer on your computer, put the copper adhesive foil onto the cutting mat, load the mat and press the blinking Cricut button!
The machine will quickly cut out your word.
Next, do the same thing, only be sure to select the other text layer on the computer! You will see which is selected on the preview, so it’s not easy to mess up unless your layers look similar. Load the mat, then press the blinking Cricut button.
This is what it looks like as it cuts. You can see the cut lines in the vinyl. It moves quickly and quietly and I just love watching it work!
Alright, after they are all cut, you’ll need to remove the vinyl from the cutting mat. If you’ve been working a lot with vinyl, you’ll know how to do this, but I didn’t know right away and it took me awhile before I realized that you have to turn the mat upside down and essentially peel the mat off of the vinyl, keeping the vinyl pressed down to the table. This will prevent the vinyl from bending and allowing air underneath it, and possibly messing up the design.
Now weed the negative space in the image. This means to remove it from the backing paper, leaving just the letters that you want on the backing paper.
Apply to board:
Once it is weeded, you’ll need to carefully stick transfer paper on top of the vinyl. This helps you move it to your work piece and apply it without messing up any spacing. It basically makes it into a big sticker, though you do need to be very careful when placing it! I didn’t take photos of this process for a couple reasons, but if you need to see how to do this, check out my Mini DIY “Boo” Halloween Sign Tutorial. Clearly, you apply the black vinyl first, then add the copper on top of the wicked. The great thing about the Cricut Transfer Paper is that it is clear, which makes it easy to see where you’re placing it when doing layered vinyl like this.
And there you have it! In this photo you can really see the metallic shine it has!
It’s such a fun sign. I hope you love it! If you do, please consider clicking the Pinterest floating button on the left of the page and sharing it!
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