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DIY Personalized Letter to Santa Sign + FREE Cut File!

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Learn how to turn a Target One Spot find into a personalized Letter to Santa sign…then use the FREE cut file to make one for your own family!

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DIY Personalized Letter to Santa Sign + FREE Cut File!

Supplies

 

My One Spot Find

So who else is obsessed with One Spot at Target?? Show of hands, please.

You, you, and all y’all? Good.

I swear I buy more from that tiny glorious section of Bullseye real estate than the entire rest of the store.

Ok, maybe not, but it sure feels like it when I’m unpacking my haul.

On a recent trip, I was naturally perusing all the bins and came across a section that is bound to make every crafter’s day: FRAMED WOODEN SIGNS.

They were cute and Christmasy, but more importantly, they’d be the perfect blanks to create DIY signs of my very own! And you can’t be the price.

Oh One Spot, you’re my fave. Forever and ever, I shall love you.

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My Design

The first thing I did of course was create my mockup design in Silhouette Studio.

I tried to make it look like a festive real addressed and postmarked envelope, while still being vinyl-friendly.

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Prepping the Sign & Frame

Like I said, this framed pie sign was cute to begin with (and it has real woodgrain texture!), but I wanted to transform it into a personalized letter to Santa sign from our family to the jolly old elf himself.

What can I say, I’m obsessed with personalizing goodies for my home. It’s an obsession.

So I got my paint on.

First up came the sign itself, and I used three coats of some white latex paint to fully cover up the black text.

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Once the white paint was fully dried, I applied some painter’s tape around the edges then painted the frame with some black craft paint.

This only took one coat (and nicely covered up the dings and blemishes from life on a Target shelf).

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Cutting Out the Vinyl

Now that the sign itself was ready to go, it was onto the vinyl!

I’d once again be using my beloved Silhouette Cameo to cut out the vinyl pieces, and I used four different kinds of vinyl for this sign:

Once all the colors were cut, I started weeding them…and boy, let me tell ya, was this a feat!

It wasn’t hard, just time-consuming thanks to the thin and/or tiny fonts. Luckily, I have a pair of trusty craft tweezers, and they saved the day.

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Our Completed Personalized Letter to Santa Sign!

And here’s how our family’s letter to Santa sign turned out!

I think it’s just perfect on our holiday mantel with the rest of our Christmas decorations (or at least some of our decorations…I’m waiting on my Scrooge of a husband to haul in the rest–including our tree!–from the garage).

What’s even more special is that my five-year-old will be writing his very first letter to Santa this year, so this is also a little commemorative keepsake in a way. I can’t wait to see Rowan’s cute little handwriting when he writes to Kris Kringle. :)

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DIY Personalized Letter to Santa Sign + FREE Cut File! | Where The Smiles Have Been #Christmas #LetterToSanta #SantaClaus #HolidayDecor #Personalized #DIY

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That holographic vinyl is just so festive, too. I mean, Christmas and sparkles go together like Buddy the Elf and maple syrup on spaghetti.

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Like I mentioned, we only have some of our Christmas decorations out, so I’ll share more pictures as soon as I’m allowed to display the rest…which is the day after Thanksgiving. :)

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DIY Personalized Letter to Santa Sign + FREE Cut File! | Where The Smiles Have Been #Christmas #LetterToSanta #SantaClaus #HolidayDecor #Personalized #DIY

 

Download this FREE Letter to Santa Sign Cut File!

Feel free to download the FREE cut file version(s) of this letter to Santa sign! It would make a great holiday gift for any family!

Inside the download folder you’ll find both the .studio and SVG formats. Enjoy!

Download this FREE printable and/or cut file from Where The Smiles Have Been!

{THE FINE PRINT: This file is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Make it and use it or gift it, but don’t sell it or share the file(s). Thanks!}

 

Here are a few tips when using this file:

  • If you’d like to use the same font that I did for our family’s return address, you can find it here for free! It’s also what I used for the “Santa Claus” too…it’s such a great script font!
  • This sign is roughly 7.75″ x 9.75″, and I wouldn’t suggest using this file for a project that’s too much smaller than that. If you do, you’ll probably need to change some fonts or at least thicken them using either an offset or by editing the points. The squiggly lines in the postmark will probably need to be thickened too. Going larger should be just fine!
  • The postmark is set to “Cut Edge” so the squiggly lines cut correctly.
  • When cutting the vinyl out, I bumped my speed waaaay down (like to a 2) and increased my blade waaaay up (like to an 8…but then again it’s well-used). That always seems to help with teeny tiny cuts.
  • Use craft tweezers or other super pointy tools like these when weeding, especially the fonts with the inner pieces that need to be used (like in the P, R, & D in “EXPRESS DELIVERY”).
  • If trying to save those tiny inner pieces is driving you crazy (been there!), just cut out the words in white and apply them on top of the oval instead. That should be a little easier.

 

Our Halloween Mantel

Don’t miss how I decorated our mantel for Halloween! It’s amazing how different it looks for the two holidays. :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Merry Christmas!

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