Make your own cute little DIY farmhouse flower market sign with this step-by-step tutorial.
Hello lovelies! I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.
Today I’d like to share a project that’s been in the making for an embarrassing amount of time.
Back in early December, I decided to make a vintage-style flower market sign to fill the sad-looking empty space above the coat hooks in my entryway. I got as far as finalising the design in Illustrator…then I got distracted.
At first I put my sign aside to work on a bunch of DIY Christmas decor, promising myself I’d return to it after the holiday season was over.
Well, January came. And guess what happened? Yeah. I got distracted again, this time by a bunch of quick and easy projects I wanted to try, such as this 15 minute custom canvas bag and this 20 minute rolled paper jar.
After about two months of relegating my flower market sign to the “yeah, I’ll get to it” pile, last week I practiced some self-discipline and forced myself to get it finished.
Here’s how it turned out:
If you’d like to make your own flower market sign (or something similar – the technique works for any type of sign), check out the tutorial below!
DIY FARMHOUSE FLOWER MARKET SIGN
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To make your flower market sign, you will need:
- An MDF panel measuring 1200mm x 450mm, painted in a colour of your choice. I painted my panel with my favourite affordable chalk paint
- A Cricut or Silhouette Cameo, regular vinyl, transfer tape, the standard grip mat, and a scraper tool and weeding tool. This is for cutting out your stencil.
- A sponge. I used an old dish sponge.
- Black acrylic paint.
- Two 50mm eyelet hooks and a drill.
- 180 grit sandpaper (or similar)
- Approx. 2 metres of sisal rope.
- Jute twine.
To begin, use your cutting machine to cut out your stencil.
Due to the size of the sign, you’ll need to cut the stencil across multiple mats, leaving a small amount of overlap to help you line everything up. You can find a pre-prepared overlapping stencil here at Cricut Design Space. Alternatively, check out this post which shows you how to cut a large stencil across multiple mats.
Once you’ve cut your design, use your weeding tool (buy a cheap one here) to weed the letters from the design, as below:
Next, apply transfer tape over the top of any letters with a little shape inside them, such as “R” or “B” (this little shape is called a ‘closed counter’, according to Mr. Google). You can use transfer tape across the entire design, but I’m not made of money, so I just use it where it’s absolutely necessary.
Run the scraper tool (available in the Cricut basic tool kit) over the transfer tape a few times to ensure that the vinyl sticks to the tape.
Peel the stencil from the backing paper. Use your hands to smooth the stencil on to your MDF board.
To reduce the risk of paint bleed, run the scraper tool over the vinyl several times to ensure your stencil is fully stuck to the MDF.
Now you’re ready to paint!
Dip your sponge in black paint. Dab it a few times on a rag to remove any excess paint. Then, lightly dab your sponge all over your stencil. Repeat if necessary.
Once your sign is almost dry, slowly and gently peel the vinyl stencil from the MDF panel. Use your weeding tool to remove any closed counters, such as the little shape inside a capital “R”.
Then, when the paint is completely dry, grab a small piece of 180 grit sandpaper. Lightly rub the sandpaper over the letters to create a worn, weathered look.
Next, drill two eyelet screws into the top of your sign. Or, if you’re like me and can’t drill straight to save your life, use your best puppy eyes to convince someone else to do it for you.
Finally, run a piece of sisal rope through the eyelet. Leave a little tail overhang, like so:
Use jute twine to tie the sisal rope and the tail together. Wrap the jute twine around the rope and the tail multiple times, tying small but tight knots as you go. Eventually you’ll have something like this:
Repeat on the other side of your sign.
And with that, your flower market sign is finished!
Have you used your Cricut or Silhouette to make a sign for your home? I’d love to hear about what you made in the comments.