Who doesn’t love a good Dollar Store Upcycle? These cute Halloween signs made the perfect canvas for a colorful, rustic Fall wall hanging. Using your Cricut and the Hot Mess Canvas Method, you can transform a cheap dollar store sign into an adorable wall hanging that is perfect for your Fall decor.
Rustic Hot Mess Fall Sign – Pin It For Later!
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Craft And Create With Cricut Monthly Challenge!
I am excited to be participating in the monthly Craft And Create With Cricut Monthly Challenge again this month. I have teamed up with 13 very talented bloggers for another month of incredible Cricut projects. This month our theme is home decor. You can see all 14 home decor Cricut projects at the end of this post. Be sure to stop by and check them out!
Dollar Store Upcycle – Rustic Hot Mess Fall Sign
Anytime I am in the dollar store, I am constantly looking for things I can use or upcycle when I am crafting. Every season and holiday you can find cheap wood/thick cardboard signs of all shapes and sizes.
When I saw these Halloween glitter signs, I knew I could do something to them with some paint and of course my Cricut. I made this one as a gift for my girlfriend, but I must admit I am kind of in love with it. I may need to make another just for me. Here is how we made it!
- Dollar Store Wood Sign
- Sand Paper
- Cricut Cut Out or Vinyl Decal
- Acrylic Paint
- Sponge Paint Brush
- Twine or Jute
- Glue gun and glue sticks.
Before you begin painting, take the time to prep the wood. If your dollar store sign has a glitter design, be sure to sand off the glitter so the surface is smooth. If it is attached to a frame like mine was, snip the connecting string to separate the two pieces.
Once your wood is smooth, apply a base coat of black or white paint. This will allow the colors to show brighter and bolder. Let the base coat dry.
Start painting small areas in all of your favorite fall colors randomly all over the surface of the wood. This method is called the Hot Mess Method. You can see it step by step in my Life In Bloom Canvas.
Once your wood is covered in all the beautiful fall colors, set it aside to dry completely.
While your paint is drying, create, cut and weed your vinyl decal. I used a fun Happy Fall Y’all from Love SVG. They have some of the cutest designs, and most of them are FREE.
Transfer your vinyl to the painted wood. Take the time to burnish the vinyl well with your Cricut scraper tool. This will help adhere the vinyl better so the paint won’t sneak under and cause bleeding.
Once your vinyl is in place, cover the entire piece in white paint. You may need two coats to cover up the hot mess paint underneath.
Carefully peel up the vinyl stencil while the paint is still wet/tacky. Look how gorgeous all of the mixed colors from the undercoating are when you remove the vinyl letters. I just love the mash-up of colors.
I took a dry brush with very little brown paint, in fact, I wiped almost all of it off the brush. Swiped at the edges and lightly across the whole design to rough it up a bit and make it look a little more rustic.
The glitter was fine, but I was looking for a more country/farmhouse style with this one. I wrapped the outside frame with twine to cover up all that glitter. You can use twine, jute or even thick yarn for this part. The stem was a little tricky, but I was pleased with the outcome.
If this fall design looks a bit familiar, that is because I used the same vinyl stencil on the Dollar Store Plates Project. Another fabulous freebie from Love SVG!
Craft And Create With Cricut Challenge!
If you love this Home Decor Cricut Project, make sure you check all 14 of the other projects for this months challenge. Be sure to visit each one of these very talented bloggers, their work speaks for itself.
Buffalo Check Wooden Pumpkin from Weekend Craft • Inspirational Candles from Happy Go Lucky • Rustic Wooden Sign from Refresh Restyle • Paper Pumpkins from Create & Babble • Charting Embroidery with the Cricut from The Kim Six Fix • Rainbow Bookends from SeeLINDSAY • Dollar Tree Sign Upcycled For Fall from Daily DIY Life • Coco Inspired Pillows from Upright and Caffeinated • Pumpkin Spice Latte Towel with the Cricut EasyPress from Cookies, Coffee and Crafts • Fall Inspired Sign from Every’s Creations • Quick and Easy Home Decor with Your Cricut: One Cricut SVG File 12 Ways! from Happily Ever After, Etc • DIY Clipboard Wall Art from Real Girls Realm • Welcome Fall Cricut Shadow Box from the Inspiration Vault • Fall Wreath from Our Crafty Mom