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It’s no secret that Silhouette Cameo and Cricut small business owners that sell unique products often do better than those that sell the same thing as other shops. Today, I’m offering a tutorial to create a wood sign advent calendar to sell this holiday season.
- Wood. I used common pine and my board is 11 inches by 18 inches. Read more about selecting wood in post.
- Paint. I used spray paint, but feel free to use your favorite.
- Wood stain. I used dark walnut.
- Foam brushes
- 7/8 cup hooks like these.
- Wood discs
- Basic power tools: hammer, drill, circular saw, and palm sander.
- Picture hanger. I use sawtooth hangers.
- Vinyl to use as a stencil.
- Vinyl weeding tool
- Transfer paper or tape. I prefer the paper kind.
- Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore
Step by Step Wood Sign Advent Calendar Tutorial
- Cut, sand, and stain your wood and 25 wood discs. Allow everything to dry completely.
- Cut all three stencils in vinyl using your Silhouette or Cricut and weed them.
- Drill holes in each wood disc. I put the hole centered and near the middle.
- Using the stencils, paint the sign. First paint the reindeer, then add the lettering after the stencil has dried. I like to add a personal touch to my signs, so I used my fingerprint to make a red nose for Rudolph. Need help with crisp paint lines? See this post.
- While your sign is drying, paint numbers onto the wooden discs. I turned my stencil upside down and put the discs on, then turned it over, removed the transfer tape, and spray painted them all at once.
- Next, screw in your hooks throughout the antlers. There is no right or wrong placement. I found it helpful to use a hammer to tap each hook in and then screw it the rest of the way. Be careful not to overtighten or you’ll crack the board.
- Hang your discs on the hooks, add a hanger of your choice to the back, and you are done!
This is a labor intensive product to create, so be sure that you price accordingly. In my area, I would sell for $80 to $100+.
Download the files used in this tutorial: Reindeer SVG, Christmas is Coming SVG, Numbers SVG or these Numbers SVG. (There’s two sets of numbers to choose from depending on your preference.) The font I used can be found here.
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Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.