Home Sweet Home Sign with FREE Cut File!

We’re currently in full-fledge house hunting mode.  So far we’ve visited about a dozen properties in person and have viewed no less than a bazillion online (only slightly exaggerating).  Just a few days ago we actually made an offer on one!  Wahoo!  It’s a short-sale so who knows how long it’ll take the bank to get back to us, but our fingers are crossed!

I’ve been dreaming of the day where we finally move out of our tiny little house and into one more suitable for our growing family, and of course that means thinking of ways to decorate it and really make it our own.  Now since we haven’t yet closed on a new place yet, I can’t do too much dreaming, since ya know, I have no idea what it will look like or the type of space we’ll have.  But a cute little sign is just perfect since it’ll work anywhere!

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Home Sweet Home Sign with FREE Cut File!



Sanding the Wood

So here are the supplies that I used for the first part of this project:

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The wood is from the same type of board that I used for our family growth chart ruler.  I just had the nice gentleman at Home Depot cut it up into smaller pieces for me so I could use them for signs such as this one.  I actually purchased these boards at the beginning of the year just to have on hand for when inspiration strikes….so this was the perfect project to use one!

I first put on my work gloves and got to sanding the board.  My electric orbital hand sander took care of the two large sides in no time, then I grabbed a piece of sand paper and did all the edges by hand.

Once everything was as smooth as my son’s cute little hiney, I then wiped it all down with a damp paper towel to remove all the dust.

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Staining the Wood

Now it was time to get my stain on!  I grabbed the can of stain that I had left over from my recent personalized IKEA Lazy Susan makeover as well as a foam brush.  Then I put on a pair of disposable gloves and started applying the stain, going with the grain of the wood, then hit all the edges.

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After about ten minutes, I started wiping the stain off with a clean rag.  The board wasn’t yet as dark as I wanted, so I repeated the process another time.  I then let it dry completely overnight.

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My Home Sweet Home Design

I created my design in Silhouette Studio since I’d be cutting out the vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo.  Plus, it’s super simple to knock out a mockup here.

With nearly every sign or door hanger I make, I always have an internal struggle….do I just slap a vinyl decal on, or should I cut out a stencil and paint the design on??  Oh, decisions, decisions.  I’ve done both (and you can check out examples here in my Project Gallery), but with this particular sign, my laziness won out and I just decided to stick some vinyl on the board.  You could very easily cut this design out as a stencil though and paint everything on….that would look really nice too!

And since with every project I share, people invariably ask for the names of all the fonts, so here you go!  It’s good to know there are fellow font junkies out there. ;)

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Cutting Out the Vinyl Design

Next, it was time to cut out the vinyl design, so I grabbed my most favorite crafting tool in the history of ever: my Silhouette Cameo.  I also pulled a sheet of white vinyl from my vinyl storage organizer and placed it on my cutting mat, then loaded it into my Silhouette.

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For vinyl, I usually use the default Vinyl cut settings in Silhouette Studio, but will bump the speed down for small or intricate designs:

  • Blade: 2
  • Speed: 4
  • Thickness: 9

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A few minutes later, my design was cut!  So I trimmed it up and weeded (or removed) the excess vinyl.

Oh, and you’ll notice that I have a separate cut of the ‘M’ in the bottom ‘HOME’….I, uhhhh, got a little too excited while weeding and accidentally snagged that letter with the vinyl as I was removing it.  No biggie though.  I just cut out another ‘M’ and added it last.  So forgive my Home Sweet Hoe decal. ;)  Ahhh, wouldn’t that make a funny sign or shirt…Hoe Sweet Hoe.  Ha!

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Applying the Vinyl Design

I then slapped some clear transfer tape over top the vinyl decal and applied it to the board using the hinge method.  You can read more details about this super awesome method of application here.

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All that was left was removing the transfer tape and my sign was complete!  Well, aside from hanging it in our future home. :)

Since this sign will remain indoors, it doesn’t need to be sealed.  However, I’m debating on whether or not to apply a coat of poly over top just to give it a subtle shine….we shall see….

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The Completed Home Sweet Home Sign!

And here it is!  I just love how the bright white vinyl POPS off the dark wood, as well as the mix of the formal and handwritten fonts with the vine doodles.  This will make the perfect addition to our future home, which will be very sweet indeed. :)

Home Sweet Home Sign with FREE Cut File! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Home Sweet Home Sign with FREE Cut File! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Home Sweet Home Sign with FREE Cut File! | Where The Smiles Have Been


Snag the FREE Home Sweet Home Cut File!

Feel free to download this Home Sweet Home cut file and create a sign for your own abode!  I think this would make a lovely housewarming gift idea too.

>>>Click HERE to download the FREE Silhouette Studio Version 3 .studio cut file!<<<

{THE FINE PRINT: This file is for PERSONAL USE ONLY.  That means you are free to use it on things for yourself or as gifts, but not for any commercial purposes.  So don’t use it on anything you’re selling, and don’t sell or redistribute the file itself.  Thanks!}

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’d love to see anything you create with this cut file! :)


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.


  1. Your projects and tutorials are AMAZING!! I am so glad I found you! I love how you put in the settings for the silhouette! That is so helpful! I am having trouble finding the judy ornaments (vines) font used in the home sweet home project. I am not making that sign, but want to use the vines for a welcome sign for my door! Thank you so much!!!

  2. Christine, I LOVE this sign! I want to make one for my house, but when I try to download the file to my Mac, it says “There is no application set to open the document”. I am new to the Silhouette, so I was wondering if you knew what I need to do to open it? I noticed the file is a “.studio3” file and I believe the software I have for my silhouette is just Silhouette Studio. I would think it would allow me to use the Silhouette Studio program as an application to open the document with, but it does not give me the option to use it.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love this sign!! Could you tell me where you got the leaf border??

  4. Laura Parsons says:

    Is there any way to have a different version of the cut file? For some reason I can’t open it :( it’s beautiful!

  5. Hi Christine!
    Love the sign and thanks for sharing the fonts that you used! Good luck with the house hunting! I am not a big fan of the whole ordeal of looking for a home, lots of my friends are but not me! Thanks for partying with us at Talented Tuesday. Hope you are having a great day!
    Aspen Jay

    • Thank you very much, Aspen Jay! Yeah, I’m not a big fan of house hunting either….although it is much more pleasant than being on the selling side of it! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Thank you so much for this cut file! I am still learning on my Silhouette so I love finding adorable files to use. A friend just bought her first home so this will make a nice little gift for her and I’m definitely making one for my home too.

    • You’re so welcome, Janet! Have fun with this, and please let me know if you have any questions at all. You’ll be a Silhouette pro in no time I’m sure! (Oh, and I’d love to see your creations!) :)

  7. Hey Christine, LOVE this sign and your blog! Quick question: do you apply anything over your vinyl to “seal” it? And, did you apply the vinyl directly to the stained wood, or did you put a coat of polycrylic on the wood after staining? I’ve read that polycrylic helps the vinyl stick to wood, but would love your to hear your opinion/experience. Thanks!!

    • Hey there, Wen! Thanks so much for the kind words! I’m so glad you like what you see here in my little slice of the interwebs. :)

      To answer your questions, yes, I always apply the vinyl directly on the stained wood (and also painted wood or canvas). I’ve never had an issue with it not sticking, except for Silhouette brand vinyl….I would recommend staying away from that, aside for practicing cuts with your machine. Also, with this sign I did not use any sealant at the end since it’s going to remain indoors. I have sealed vinyl on wood before with polycrylic or spray sealer and both worked great. I know some people say never to seal vinyl since it “needs to breathe,” but I’ve never had any issues with it bubbling or peeling. Hope this helps! :)

  8. This is sweet sign! Thanks for the steps and free cutting file!

  9. Ahhh I love it, Christine! I JUST bought a huge font bundle at mydesigndeals.com and I SUPER don’t need these…but I think I’m going to anyway. I think the DSM-5 should recognize this as an actual addiction because I can’t stop! Thanks for the code! This is too cute :)

    • Well Brittany, you and me both would get the same diagnosis because I too suffer from a terrible case of Font Addiction! Of course we don’t need any more fonts, but who can pass up such awesome ones at such a great deal, amiright? ;)

  10. Christine, I love everything about this sign – the message, the fonts, the vines, the dark wood contrasted with the white vinyl. It’s all so perfect together! And I know this will be a perfect message once you guys find the perfect home for your family! Good luck with your house hunt!

    • Thank you very much, Emily! Hopefully our house hunt ends soon because I’m very eager to hang this baby up! And decorate every other inch of our new place too, of course. ;)

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