Looking to bring the magic of Santa Claus to your home this year? Santa’s Magic Key sign is an easy DIY that you can make with your Cricut and a little imagination.
Looking for a magic key idea for Santa? Grab one of my personalized Santa’s Magic Key ornaments for your tree.
To get started with this craft, you will need a Cricut and this SVG file. This will make the design for your sign. We actually are going to build this sign from scratch using wood from Hobby Lobby.
How to make the sign:
You will need wood, a craft knife, paint, paintbrushes and sponge brushes, and a hot glue gun to make the sign. You can find wood at your craft store in the following measurements:
- (2) ⅜” x 1 ½” x 7 ¾” (Sides)
- (2) ⅜” x 1 ½” x 5 ½” (Sides)
- (1) ⅜” x 7 ¾” x 6” (Face)
Once the wood is cut for your sign, paint the wood with a brush.
You could also stain (for a lighter color wipe the stain off quickly or leave on longer for a darker stain). Glue wood together. Once the wood has been cut and painted, you can being to assemble the sign.
Place the face piece of the wood flat on a surface with the paint side face down. Grab the side pieces and glue to the back of the face edge to edge. Ensure the glue keeps the sides together as well.
Glue the ribbon around the edges of the side next. Make sure that the ribbon is perfectly straight. Start at any corner and glue down firmly. Pull the ribbon tight to the next corner and glue down.
Pro tip: Glue small sections at a time so that the hot glue does not dry before pressing the ribbon firmly to sign edge. Make sure the ribbon is nice and tightly stretched outside the sign.
How to make the design on the sign:
Load the SVG file in the design space. Hit “make it” button.
Apply the vinyl to the cutting mat, and load the mat into the machine. Once sized accordingly, adjust your machine’s setting or material dial to washi sheet with more pressure.
Load the Oracle 651 (permanent vinyl) to your Cricut machine on the cutting grip map. Hit go!
After the cut is complete, begin to pull away the negative vinyl. Use your weeding tool, and you will “weed” around the outside of the letters and small parts inside any letter that is enclosed (for example, an e or an o).
With the wedding complete, cut off a piece of transfer paper the size of your cut vinyl. Apply to vinyl. This process will make it so your vinyl can come off the plastic backing and onto your project’s surface.
When working with a big design, start by pulling the plastic backing off a little at a time and use a scraper tool (an old gift card works fine too!) to get the transfer paper to lay smooth on the design.
Next, turn the entire design facing downward and begin to gently pull the vinyl’s plastic backing off and away from the transfer paper. Start at the corner and roll it away slowly as you apply pressure. When the vinyl has been successfully transferred, you will be able to see through the transfer paper with vinyl attached.
How to apply the vinyl to the sign:
Find the right side of the front of your wooden side. You need to make sure that you leave enough space on the left side of the side so that you can screw a hook into it and hang Santa’s key. Lay the transfer with vinyl lightly on top of the wood sign. Be careful to not pull it too tight! We don’t want to distort the vinyl and have air bubbles.
Do not apply pressure until you are happy with the placement. Once you like the positioning, apply pressure and smooth it over the design using a scraper tool. Once enough pressure has been applied, you can slowly remove the transfer paper. Start at a corner and carefully roll it away and off of the wood. The vinyl will remain on your sign.
Pro tip: Some of the letters are tiny in the design. Be extra careful when you remove it. Feel free to use your scraper tool to help it along at times. Wedge it under the transfer paper while holding down the letter and use your other hand to roll transfer paper away. A blow dryer can help too by applying heat.
How to add the key
Screw the hook on the left side of the vinyl text. Hang Santa’s Magic Key on the hook and display!
For the sign:
For the vinyl design:
Assemble the Sign First
Design and Add the Vinyl
This easy Christmas craft is fun to make for a gift or as a special home decor idea. The magic of Santa can be seen with this special key.
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