I was lucky enough to receive a Cricut Expressions machine from my husband for Christmas. I have wanted one forever! I don't scrapbook but I love to craft. There are so many things you can do with this machine. Christmas night I sat down with the manual and tried to familiarize myself with it.
I chose to make a sign as my first Cricut project. I have lots of extra wood in my scrap pile but this piece of wood was actually my daughter's rail from her crib that she's since grown out of. I didn't have any vinyl at home (can't wait to use some) but I did have black card stock.
I began by filling the screw holes on the sides of the rail. Next, I painted the wood with Annie Sloan's Old White paint. Three light coats did the trick. Then I used the Cricut to cut my letters and numbers out. So much fun!
I had the option of tracing the positive or the negative as a stencil but I didn't want to paint the tracing free hand. I decided to use the cutouts and lightly spray the backs with spray adhesive. I didn't measure anything out. I just spaced them first and glued as I went along. Next I used one coat of poly. After allowing the poly to dry, I attached saw tooth picture hangers to the back and hung it above the door frame in my kitchen.
I've been enjoying my FREE 4 foot sign since and have been itching to make more! This was such a quick and easy project. And sentimental...I'll have a piece of my daughter's crib forever!