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How to Make a Spooky Wooden Banner

Posted on 21st October 2017

Halloween is just around the corner, are you ready?  I'm not the type of person to completely decorate my whole house for the various seasons, but I do like to have a few simple pieces.

We just moved into a new house and without a fireplace mantel to deck out, I created a little area by our kitchen table to decorate for any events.  It's simply a sideboard with a large chalkboard above it.  I'm loving the banners over chalkboards/art look that I've seen all over Pinterest and Instagram so I figured it was time to make my own.

For this project, all you need is:

  • Wooden banner (available at most craft stores)

  • Temporary stick vinyl (matte or Oracal 631)

  • Transfer tape

  • Mod Podge or some kind of sealer for the wood

  • Foam brush

  • Electronic cutting machine (I use a Silhouette CAMEO)

First things first, design the project in the software for your cutting machine.  I'm using Silhouette Studio 4.1 in my tutorial today.

I like to start by drawing the shape of my banner pieces so I can size the design inside of it.  Since mine is a simple 6" circle I quickly drew one using the shape drawing tool.

Hover over the shape tool and click on the appropriate shape, ellipse in my case.

One trick to draw a perfect circle is to hold down the shift key while dragging the shape with your mouse.

Since drawing it to the perfect size with your mouse only can be tricky here is how you can easily resize it to your dimensions.

Click on the transform panel and then scale.  You can now type in the exact size you want, be sure to click on the lock image if you want to keep the same aspect ratio.


Now you are ready to add your text or graphics!  I'm using a font from the Kitaleigh bundle, Cobwebs.  Click on the text tool on the lefthand side of the screen to start typing.  It will start off as a default font.  To change the font, open the text style panel on the right-hand side and find your font on the list.

Drag the corner of the box around to make it larger or smaller.  Find the size you want the graphic to be.  I ended up going a little smaller than this because there are holes for the banner string I didn't want interfering with the letter.

I then typed each letter out separately and used the scale tool in the transform panel to make them all the exact same size.  (Again, don't forget to lock that aspect ratio) 

Now you are ready to cut it out!  Head to the send panel on the top right-hand side of the screen and select your material.  I always increase the force from what the preset numbers are.  Test cuts are your best friend!  Make sure your settings cut through before sending the full design to be cut.

Load the vinyl onto your cutting mat (I always like to use one even though you technically don't need it for vinyl) and hit Send once you're ready to cut.

I cut each letter apart for easy weeding.  Use your hook tool to remove the excess vinyl.

Apply your transfer tape using your application tool.

I found that my vinyl wouldn't stick to the raw wood.  A quick and easy fix for this is to apply a clear coat of sealer to the wood.  I used matte mod podge so there wasn't an extra sheen added to my banner.

Attach the vinyl to the wood and carefully peel away the transfer tape.  You might need to use your fingers to help hold the vinyl in place, just take your time.

Here is the final product!

Now go hang it up and step back and enjoy your beautiful work.

Here's the whole set-up!  If you want to know how I made the other cute decorations check out this post.


How to make a spooky wooden banner

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