I'm all about celebrating family! Create these fun projects with these free Family SVG files and make some memories of your own.
This month's theme for our Totally Free SVG's is all about family. You can make some great projects with these free family SVG files but today I'm going to tell you how easy it is to apply the vinyl to wood to create his beautiful farmhouse family sign.
Supplies for your family farmhouse sign
You can apply your vinyl as I did on this Where the Wild Things Are sign and paint over it or you can apply the vinyl directly to the wood. Make sure your sign is completely dry before you place the transferred image onto it because the transfer tape can pull your paint up.
I like to stain and paint my project base first and allow it to cure for a day or two but not always because I'm impatient. Impatience can ruin a project, lol.
How to Cut Permanent Vinyl
How to cut Permanent Vinyl (651 Vinyl)
- Prepare Your Vinyl
If you're cutting vinyl on a Cricut Machine, you'll need to cut your vinyl so that it fits on the mat. Most vinyl comes at 12″ wide so you will just need to cut your vinyl to size and then place it on your mat.
If you're cutting vinyl with a Silhouette machine, you can release the lever on the right side of the roller bar and adjust your tabs so that the vinyl will be fed incorrectly. You can use a roll feeder or the new Cameo 4 has a built-in roller so that you can cut up to 10ft.
- Cut Your Image
In your design software, you'll size your project to fit your vinyl and then send the file to your machine to cut. You do not want to mirror your image when you're cutting permanent vinyl. Cut with the carrier sheet placed directly on the mat and the top of the vinyl show.
- Weed Your Image
Life is a little easier when you weed your image when it's still on the mat. Use a razor or scissors to cut away larger pieces as you're weeding so that your design doesn't get ruined. Start with the corner and remove the negative part of the design you've cut.
The dollar store carries a great dental pick, or you can replace the lead in a pencil with a straight pin as long as they're the same size. You don't need fancy tools but it really helps to have a variety so that you're never without.
- Apply Transfer Tape
After you have removed all the parts of your vinyl that you don't want apart of your project, it's time to apply the transfer tape. There are a lot of versions of transfer tape but my favorite transfer tape is this one from Expressions Vinyl. It sticks to the vinyl and removes easily when you transfer your image to your final piece.
Start by peeling the corner of your transfer tape and lay it over your vinyl piece. It gets trickier the larger your piece so go slow. If you have a smaller piece, it's more forgiving and you can work faster.
Use a credit card or scraper tool to apply pressure over your vinyl cutout. Using lots of pressure means that you'll be able to lift it all in one piece.
- Remove From Carrier Sheet
After you've applied to transfer tape to the top of the vinyl, it's time to peel it up and apply it to your final project.
Peel up slowly from the carrier sheet to make sure that all your pieces are stuck and they won't rip. I like to place my vinyl transfer tape side down and then peel backward. Use your weeding tool to help guide some of the pieces on to the transfer tape.
The longer your vinyl sits on transfer tape, the easier it will lift. It just needs a little time for the adhesive to adhere to the top but you can do it immediately too with just a little patience.
- Applying Your Vinyl
Go slow and try just to have the transfer tape touch your final piece while you adjust your cutout. To me, this is the hardest part. If you have a large piece, it's helpful to have a second set of arms if you can.
Apply your permanent vinyl to the desired spot and then when it's where you want it, use the scraper tool again and rub. If you have a textured base, using a tennis ball or something similar to help get it into the grooves.
Peel your transfer tape off the project, again going slow and making sure that each letter adheres to your base.
You can reuse your transfer tape if you'd like or toss it. Having transfer tape when applying vinyl is a must. There are many things you can try and substitute as transfer tape but it's honestly worth every penny to have an excellent brand of tape.
Apply your vinyl to your base as instructed above and then use some hardware or Command strips to adhere your sign to your desired wall.
Free Family SVG Files
- Family is Everything – The Country Chic Cottage
- Friends and Family Gather Here – The Kingston Home
- This is Us – Brooklyn Berry Designs
- Family – Together We Have It All – Pineapple Paper Co.
- Some Call it Chaos, We Call it Family – That's What Che Said
- Welcome to Our Beautiful Chaos – Hello Creative Family
- Love Makes a Family – Hey Let's Make Stuff
- Family Wreath Design – Happiness is Homemade
- I Love Us – 100 Directions
- Family – Everyday Party Magazine
- Family Makes this House a Home – Happy Go Lucky
- Lucky Family – seeLindsay
- I Love Us – Artsy-Fartsy Mama
- Little Bit of Chaos, Whole Lot of Fun – Crafting in the Rain
- Family (Heart) – Mad in Crafts