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DIY Wooden Door Hanger Welcome Sign
Hello crafty friends! Today you’ll learn how to make an adorable and fun door hanger idea for you to try using your Cricut. These wooden door hangers are easy to make, lightweight, and look fantastic on any door of your house. I even have one on my pantry door.
Plus this is a great beginner project using vinyl and your Cricut machine.
Let’s get started.
Supplies Needed for Welcome Circle Door Hanger
- Wood Rounds –These unfinished door hangers are super lightweight and a great price on Amazon
- Paint and Brushes
- Floral Wire and Cutters
- Adhesive Vinyl and Transfer tape
- Masking Tape
- Tape measure
- Glue gun
- FREE Welcome SVG (detailed instructions for how to get this at the bottom of this post)
Circle Door Hanger Video
How to Make a DIY Wooden Door Hanger Welcome Sign
First, get your Welcome SVG file. You’ll need to unzip the file and then upload it to Design Space. If you need more help with this step check out the video above or see this post on how to upload SVG files to design space.
Once you have it uploaded, everything will be sized and ready to go, so just click the “Make It” button.
That brings you to the cut mats. You don’t need to change anything there, either. Go on down to the bottom right and hit “Continue.”
If you have a Cricut Explore, turn your dial to “vinyl.” If you have a Maker, choose “vinyl” from the materials list.
Make sure the fine point blade is loaded, and you’re ready to cut!
Paint the White Stripe on the Wooden Circle
It’s a good idea to paint this before you cut out the vinyl, so the paint has time to dry while you’re cutting.
Put a strip of masking tape across the bottom of the wood round. Then measure four inches up and put another strip of masking tape.
That will keep your lines nice and crisp while you paint the white stripe to put the “Welcome” on.
You can use any sort of acrylic or chalk paint. My absolute favorite is SeaPaint. Paint a very light coat, and be sure to paint away from the tape, so as not to bleed under it. Then let the paint dry while you cut out your vinyl.
Cut Out the Vinyl Using Your Cricut
Place the vinyl onto the mat (I always line it up in the top left corner) and smooth it down. If you get a bubble, just lift it up and smooth it down again.
Then insert it into the tabs and hit the “Load Mat” button. Once it’s loaded, hit the “Start” button.
When it’s finished cutting, release the mat. Turn it over and hold the vinyl down while you remove the mat to help reduce curl, and so no pieces fall off. Then it’s time to weed the vinyl.
Weeding vinyl is just removing the extra from around your design. You might want to start by trimming the vinyl into a smaller piece. Then peel off the background, leaving only the word, and use a weeding tool to remove the centers of the letters.
Transfer the Vinyl to the Circle Door Hanger
Ok we’re ready to transfer our vinyl to the circle door hanger. For my hack on how to apply transfer tape without wrinkles or bubbles see this post.
Apply the transfer tape to the vinyl and then peel off the masking tape that you used to paint your white stripe.
Next remove the backing from the vinyl and center it inside the white stripe. Use a scraper tool (or even the edge of your scissors) to smooth the vinyl down onto the wood and make sure it sticks.
Slowly peel back the transfer paper, keeping it as low to the design as you can. If you have a part that doesn’t want to stick, you can push it back down, rub really hard over it, and try again.
If that doesn’t work, carefully peel it off of the transfer paper with your fingernail or scraper tool and hold the vinyl down while you remove the rest of the transfer paper. Once you get the transfer paper off, the vinyl will usually stick just fine.
Tip: I’m using shelf liner from Walmart for my transfer paper. I think Cricut transfer paper is too sticky. Clear shelf liner from Walmart is a lot cheaper, and it’s plenty sticky.
How Do You Hang a Wooden Door Hanger?
I decorated my door hanger with a bow before hanging it. Visit https://www.save-on-crafts.com/ideas/howtomakloop/ for instructions on how to make a bow like this.
Cut off a little extra ribbon and flip the wood round over to glue the ribbon on the back. Fold the ribbon over to make a loop and glue the ends down to the top of the circle.
This circle door hanger is very lightweight, so this really is all you’ll need to hold it up.
For the door part, I like using these wreath hangers.
Once the glue dries, flip the circle over and glue the bow to the center of the top. Now you have a beautiful Welcome sign for your door!
Get Your Free Welcome SVG
You can make your very own Welcome door hanger with the SVG that I created. I keep all of my free SVG cut files in a resource library for your convenience. It’s like a one-stop-shop to find everything.
The SVG files are in alphabetical order, so once to get into the library scroll down to ‘Welcome Door Hanger’, there’s also a picture to help you find it.
To gain access to the free library simply fill out the form below and the link and password will be immediately sent to you. This also adds you to my weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) newsletter where I send more fun SVGs and crafts.
Thanks for crafting with me today!
Chris Butler has helped thousands of crafters learn how to use their Cricut machine without feeling overwhelmed. She is a best selling author and an up and coming designer. For fun Chris enjoys designing SVG Files, hanging out with her family (preferably at the lake), traveling, and volunteering at her church. She is a wife and mom of two crazy fun kids.