Don’t Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign

Santa Claus is coming to town, y’all!  To prep for Kris Kringle’s visit, I decided to create a playful little holiday sign that combined the man himself with an ode to the classic Journey song.  It’s a match made in heaven!

I’ve seen variations of this design all over the interwebs and always loved the chuckle-worthy pun, so now that it’s Christmastime again, I decided to make my own!

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[There are affiliate links in this post, and many thanks for the awesome folks at The Hungry JPEG for sponsoring today’s fun!]

 

Don’t Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign

Supplies

 

Design Elements

I created my design in Silhouette Studio since I would be cutting it out in vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo.  And since I know there will be lots of you wanting all the specifics (everybody loves the details!), here’s some info about the elements:

Santa Graphic: I have some Silhouette Design Store download credit just burning a hole in my digital pocket (it’s actually from a Christmas Silhouette gift card present last year!), so I purchased this adorable Santa face.  The image is also part of this free dingbat font, but the quality is much lower, especially around Santa’s cheeks.  Since I would be using a large Santa on this sign, I needed a high-quality cut file, so I gladly spent the .99.

Snowflakes:  You know I love my dingbats (check out my list of favorite chalkboard ones, and this for how to use them…they’re so easy and handy!).  I downloaded this free dingbat font that has a lot of cute snowflake designs that would be easy for my Silhouette to cut.

Font for ‘don’t stop believing’: You may also know that I love The Hungry JPEG!  They are a great site for incredible font bundles and other digital goodies, and I snag every one of their monthly bundles (you can see what I made with their September bundle here and October bundle here).  They’re such a great value AND they come with full commercial rights!

For the beautiful script font in this sign, I used a font from their November bundle called Snatchy….it’s such a fun scripty-but-not-too-formal handwritten font.

The Hungry JPEG's Fontabulous November Bundle! Save 20% with Code Smiles20!

The Hungry JPEG's Fontabulous November Bundle! Save 20% with Code Smiles20!

 

Here are all the amazing fonts that are part of The Hungry JPEG’s Fontabulous Font Bundle….over 70 of ’em!

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This amazing bundle is only $29, BUT you can get an additional 20% off by using the code Smiles 20!  Woot Woot! :)  You better hurry though because this bundle is only available in November and you don’t want to let it slip by!

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Prepping the Sign

Several months ago, I stopped at our local Salvation Army thrift store and snagged a set of four signs for $1 a piece.  They were in very good condition and could easily be redone, had cute beveled edges, and already had a slot cut out in the back so they were ready for hanging.  They were a steal!

They also had a sticker on the back saying they are limited edition prints, but a quick eBay search made me go forward with this project….they’re only worth a little more than what I paid for them.  Nuts!  I was hoping my husband would be able to retire but nope, no lottery find here.  But that just meant more crafting possibilities! ;)

Don't Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

I first gave one of the boards a quick hand sanding to remove any dirt and grime, then sprayed it down with some black spray paint.

Don't Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Once it was dry, I taped off the beveled edges with some painter’s tape and then sprayed the center down with some white spray paint (and I apparently forgot to take a picture after this step….whoops!).

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The Vinyl Pieces

I was also apparently a little too eager to get this project going because you’ll notice how the black edges look in the below picture: rough.  I must have not let the black paint dry enough before adding the painter’s tape and white paint.  When I removed the tape, some of the black paint came with it….yikes!

But like Bob Ross, I decided to view this as a happy little accident instead of a mistake.  Distressed is in after all!  And I actually really like the aged look of the frame now.  It’s pretty cool!

The next step was then cutting out my design elements in vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo: Santa was in red, the words were in black, and the snowflakes in silver.

Don't Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

I first applied Santa’s happy little face….

Don't Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

….followed by the words….

Don't Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

….then finished the sign by applying the snowflakes.

Don't Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

The Finished Don’t Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign!

And here’s the jolly old elf himself!  I love, love, LOVE how this sign turned out!  It’s the perfect little whimsical, light-hearted piece of holiday decor….very much our style.  I can’t wait to display this with the rest of our Christmas decor!

Don't Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

Don't Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

Don't Stop Believing Santa Christmas Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

If You Enjoyed This….

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Merry Christmas!

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.

Comments

  1. Rhonda Wells says:

    I don’t see or can’t access any of the free cut files you have posted..what am I missing or doing wrong?

  2. Jessica Daniels says:

    This is awesome! I wish I would have read this post in November and saved 20% on the font bundle. I also love that you bought those cheap prints and repurposed them, I am stealing this idea for sure! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. Beautiful sign! May I ask what size your picture is? Smiled at your Bob Ross reference. I love watching his reruns. They are so calming.

  4. How did you get the text to curve like that for the word believing? This sign is super adorable!

    • Hey Nicole! Since I made this in Silhouette Studio, I just ungrouped the word and then adjusted each letter individually until the word fit how I wanted it to in the beard. Then I welded everything back together and cut it out. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. I’ve seen this sign floating around, but I LOVE your take the best! This is so cute, I think I’m going to need to make my own version!

  6. You are a rock star with DIY signs! Love the message of this one. :)

  7. I love this so much!!!!!! This looks absolutely fantastic, super vintage yet fun and fresh. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  8. This is so cute and fun!!! Love the design, and what a great idea to use a thrifted sign and paint over it. And I like the distressed black on the edges – definitely a happy accident, haha.

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