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DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign

I live in the country now, I have a gallery wall that has been a work in progress for months ever since we moved in, I love a good quote, and I’m obsessed with vinyl.  You know that that means: another farmhouse-esque sign!

For this one, I borrowed some wise words from Mr. Winnie the Pooh himself and used some pretty fancy shmancy vinyl to create a unique and darling wood slice sign.  Keep reading for the tutorial!

Oh, and this post also has a couple other awesome surprises.  For starters, my sign is part of a larger blog hop that is FULL of 25 other inspirational Disney projects that all use vinyl (fun fun!).  Oh, and we’re also giving away a teeny tiny prize….ya know, just a VACATION PACKAGE valued at over $1,500!  MmmHmmm.  Find all these goodies below! :)

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

[Many thanks to the awesome folks at Expressions Vinyl for providing the vinyl for today’s fun, and to Get Away Today for the awesome vacation giveaway!]




The Saying: Wise Words from Winnie the Pooh

I’ve been working on a gallery wall in our living room ever since we moved into our new house in January.  I keep collecting/making things for it, and since I’m super indecisive (and very, very pregnant), it’s still a work in progress.

I’ve been on the hunt for some great quotes to include, and of course Disney is a goldmine for that kinda stuff.  So off to Pinterest I went, and I stumbled across this great item from Winnie the Pooh:

We didn’t realize we were making memories.  We just knew we were having fun.

How perfect would this quote be for a gallery wall??  Like, totally awesome, right?  Since I’m planning for this wall to be super personalized and all things us, these words will fit in perfectly.  Plus, since we live out in the country now, it was the perfect opportunity for me to create a wood slice sign.  I can now scratch it off my crafting bucket list!


My Design Mockup

I’m totally obsessed with my beloved Silhouette Cameo (which my Project Gallery can fully attest to), so I put it to good use once again with this sign.

Since I’m a very visual person, and because it helps with proportions and sizing of the final cuts, I always create a mockup first in Silhouette Studio….an ounce of prevention and all that.

This is what I came up with, and here’s all the details on the elements (since I know you all are fellow font addicts, *wink*):

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been


Prepping the Wood Slice

I snagged a wood slice that measured approximately 13″ across and 8″ tall, and first took it out back and gave the bark border and outer edge a quick blast with some clear matte spray adhesive.  This was to do two main things:

  1. Help keep the bark from crumbling off while handling/hanging
  2. Bring out the natural wood coloring

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been


You can see in the left side of the below pic just how much the natural wood coloring is amplified and enhanced with just a little clear sealant.

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been


Painting the Wood Slice

I surprisingly didn’t have any gray paint on hand, so I just ended up making my own shade with some black and white craft paints.  Then I gave a quick coating to the lighter inner part of the wood slice.

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been


The Vinyl Lettering & Flowers

Like I mentioned, since I’m in love with my Silhouette Cameo and can’t hand-paint anything to save my life, I used my little machine of wonder to cut out all the wording and watercolor flowers.

I used some permanent white vinyl, metallic copper vinyl, and some printable inkjet adhesive vinyl.  These colors and designs paired with the wood slice would work perfectly as part of a gallery wall.  One of these days I’ll get around to finally hanging stuff!

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been


Once all the pieces were cut, weeded, and clear transfer tape applied to the top (except for the flowers), I got to eyeballing their placements on the wood slice.  And I have to admit this was a *highly* stressful moment for me….the thought of any part of it being uncentered or uneven just filled me with horror!

Yes, super OCD here.  And I bugged the wits out of my husband with all my “But are you SURE everything’s straight??  Are you really looking or just saying that??  All level and even??  You mean it???”  He’s a good sport with my craftiness, even if I do drive him crazy. :)

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been


Once I was satisfied with my husband’s answers, I then applied the wording first using the hinge method (which you can read more about here), then eyeballed the placement of the flowers and applied them sans transfer tape.

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been


The Final Sign

Once everything was applied, I added another quick coat of some matte clear spray sealant, just to give everything a similar finish and add a little extra protection.

And I love it!!  Isn’t that metallic copper vinyl so pretty??  And that printable vinyl is just so handy….it saved me from myself.

This sign turned out so stinking cute and the farmhouse vibe along with the saying will fit in perfectly in our soon-to-be gallery wall.  It’s a little Disney in our home without being IN YOUR FACE MOUSE EARS AND CASTLES AND SNOWMEN AND PRINCESSES.  For us, it’s perfect. :)

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been
DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been

DIY Disney-Inspired Wood Slice Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been


Check Out All These Other Disney Projects!

A bunch of my crafty blogging friends are also sharing lots of great Disney-inspired projects today, all using vinyl!  Make sure you hop around and take a looksy at them too!

26 Cute Disney Crafts! | Where The Smiles Have Been

1. Lion King Shirts by Play Party Plan

2. Jack Skellington Ears by A Pumpkin and a Princess

3. Nemo Pumpkin by C.R.A.F.T.

4. Disney Coloring Shirt by Artsy Fartsy Mama

5. Belle Framed Art by Crafting in the Rain

6. Miracles Free Cut File By Dawn Nicole Designs

7. Autograph Shirt by the Pinning Mama

8. Disney Countdown by Frenchi Wraps

9. Girl Dress Up by Over the Big Moon

10. Spirit Animal Shirt by Smashed Peas and Carrots

11. Customized Minnie Ears by Inspiration Made Simple

12. Winnie the Pooh Quote by Where The Smiles Have Been (that’s me!)

13. Modest Ariel by Kiki & Company

14. Jack Skellington Coin Purse by Tried and True

15. Minnie Mouse Purse by A girl and a glue gun

16. Disney Ornaments by Happiness is Homemade

17. Girl Boss Shirt by Sweet Rose Studio

18. No Sew Minnie Tutu by Sugar Bee Crafts

19. Haunted Mansion Door Design by Simple Simon and Co.

20. Minnie Mouse Bow Shirt by Girl Loves Glam

21. Mary Poppins Design by the Crafted Sparrow

22. Cinderella Hand Lettered Shirt by Pitter and Glink

23. Jack Skellington Shirt and Pumpkin by the Scrap Shoppe

24. Beauty and the Beast Book Sign by Flamingo Toes

25. Hat Hair Shirt by Polka Dot chair

26. Vintage Disneyland by Persia Lou


Now the REALLY Exciting Part….a SoCal Disney Vacation Giveaway!

I love hosting giveaways here for all you guys and gals, and I frequently offer great ones.  However, this one really takes the cake….and it’s a $1,500 value!

Yep, my blogging buddies and I along with the awesome folks at Get Away Today want to give one lucky reader a fabulous Southern California Disney vacation (or a trip to any other SoCal destination).

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • A 3-night hotel stay in Anaheim or San Diego
  • Two Adult & two Child 1-day tickets to not one but TWO Southern California parks of winner’s choice
    • (For example, Disneyland and SeaWorld, or any other SoCal parks/attractions that Get Away Today offers)

Southern California Vacation GIVEAWAY!

To enter this amazing giveaway, just complete as many entries as you’d like in the widget below.  Good luck!

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Alright, twist our arms. ;)  Head on over to the Expressions Vinyl blog to enter for a chance to win a $100 giftcard!


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Stay crafty (and Disney-obsessed)!

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Tuesday 4th of October 2016

So cute!! Whenever I try to cut skinny fonts, I have problems. What is your secret??


Tuesday 4th of October 2016

Hey Jamie! Skinny fonts often frustrate me too! Here are some things I do that tend to make it less painful: use a new(ish) blade (or make sure an older one is cleaned well), turn the speed WAY down, either thicken up the super skinny parts by editing points or doing a tiny offset, and take your time while weeding to make sure there aren't any parts sticking. This usually helps me a ton. Good luck! :)

kiki comin

Monday 3rd of October 2016

I love how this turned out! Such a sweet saying.


Tuesday 4th of October 2016

Thanks so much, Kiki! I'm really happy with how it turned out too! :)