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I get emails all the time with questions from Cutting for Business readers about making wood signs using their Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore or Maker. Let’s take a step-by-step walk through making a sign with your Silhouette or Cricut.
How to Perfectly Paint Signs with Your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore or Maker
- Buy wood. Learn the ins and outs of buying wood for sign making in this post:
- Cut the wood. Find out what power tools you’ll need:
- Sand your wood. Don’t just sand it, sand it well:
- Cut your stencil and paint your wood. I prefer to use Oramask 813 stencil film and GreenStar transfer tape. If you are having problems, troubleshoot in these posts.
- Consider adding a frame:
- Selling your sign? Brand your sign with a stamp on the back with your Silhouette Mint. See the photo below for an example and read more about buying a Silhouette Mint here.
- Finally, package your sign to mail:
Once you get the hang of making wood signs, here’s some advanced tutorials:
- Get fancy with shaped wood blanks:
- Get in touch with your rustic side with barnwood:
- Or host a party with friends:
I promise, if you sand your wood well, use only a tiny amount of paint on your signs, and dab your brush up and down – you will be successful making signs with your Silhouette or Cricut.
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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.