Now that it’s summertime, it’s time for me to catch up on my at-home craft projects! One thing I’ve been wanting to do is create some type of welcome sign for our front door. I knew I wanted something with a farmhouse feel, since the interior of our home also has a farmhouse vibe. Because our front door is dark brown, I opted for a farmhouse wreath with a vintage white background. Keep reading to learn how to create this simple DIY farmhouse wreath door hanger!
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FARMHOUSE WREATH DOOR HANGER SUPPLIES
Here are the supplies you’ll need to create your DIY farmhouse wreath door hanger:
- Cricut Joy Cutting Machine
- Smart Vinyl Permanent in Black
- Transfer Tape
- Starter Tool Set
- 18″ Wood Circle Plaque
- Cottage White Chalk Paint
- Cotton Stems
- Black & White Wired Edge Ribbon
- Jute Rope
- Staple Gun
If you haven’t heard about Cricut’s newest addition to their machine line-up, let me introduce to the Cricut Joy! It’s the most compact cutting machine from Cricut yet! The Cricut Joy is the perfect companion to quickly and easily personalize anything with one cut and one color in less than 15 minutes… just like this farmhouse wreath door hanger. Everyday projects have never been more simple! Plus, it’s portability makes it super convenient for classroom use. I especially love it for labeling supplies, book boxes, table caddies, student supply kits and items with student numbers. Plus, it works great for cutting out bulletin board and poster letters. It’s just the right size for all those quick and easy classroom projects, when getting out your larger machine seems like such a chore. Trust me… this little machine packs a mean punch!
DIY FARMHOUSE WREATH DOOR HANGER
STEP 1: PAINT
Let’s get started! First, sand the circle sign until it feels smooth. Then, apply the first coat of chalk paint. You can also use Rust-Oleum® Matte Chalked Finish Spray Paint. Let dry. Sand the paint until it is smooth. Apply another coat of paint. Continue applying paint and sanding in between coats until the sign is fully covered in paint. You will want to make sure it has a smooth finish before applying a satin sealer.
STEP 2: DESIGN SPACE
Next, open the “welcome” lettering in Cricut’s free Design Space. Simply click the “Make It” button, unless you need to customize the size to fit your sign. This design is sized to fit a wood circle with a diameter of 18 inches. Press the “Continue” button to connect the Cricut Joy to your device. There are no buttons on the machine, so it will connect to your desktop or mobile device via Bluetooth.
STEP 3: MATLESS CUTTING
Now, you are ready to cut out the decal using Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl. Cricut Design Space will tell you exactly how much material you need to complete your project. Since we are using Smart Vinyl, there is no need for measuring or placing this material on a mat. In the case of our farmhouse wreath, the Cricut Joy will run all 16.25 inches through the machine. It will literally do all of the work! It’s that smart!
Plus, there is no need to adjust or change the blade! The Cricut Joy does not use specialty scoring tools or blades. It uses an all-purpose cutting blade, but it can still cut a myriad of materials, like Smart Vinyl, Smart Iron-On, Smart Label Writable Paper, Smart Label Writable Vinyl, Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets, Insert Cards, Adhesive-Backed Deluxe Paper, paper, card stock, poster board, and more! Plus, it can cut designs up to 4.5 inches wide and 20 feet long! The best part is that the Cricut Joy is designed to cut Cricut Smart Materials without a cutting mat… the demise to so many cutting projects! Can I get an Amen?!
Simply select “Smart Vinyl – Permanent” and load the vinyl into the machine. The Cricut Joy will automatically sense when the material is close and pull it into the machine. It’s okay if it is a little crooked, since the Cricut Joy will straighten the alignment of the material. Click the “Go” button to begin cutting the decal. Once the Cricut Joy is finished cutting the decal, follow the prompts on your screen to unload the vinyl.
STEP 4: WEEDING & TRANSFER
Carefully place the decal onto the painted circle by centering it horizontally. It will not be centered vertically. I placed mine just below center. Smooth out the decal using the scraper tool, and remove the transfer tape.
STEP 5: FINISHING TOUCHES
It’s finally time to add the finishing touches to your DIY farmhouse wreath door hanger! First, attach the jute rope to the back of the sign.
Trim the eucalyptus stems, and place them above the lettering. You will want to angle them downward in an upside down V shape. Secure the stems using a staple gun. Repeat these steps to secure the cotton stems.
Using the wired edge ribbon, make a bow for your farmhouse wreath door hanger. Place this bow centered on top of the eucalyptus and cotton stems.
Now, hang your wreath and sit back to admire your beautiful creation! Your guests are sure to feel welcome as they enter your home!
WHY YOU NEED A CRICUT JOY FOR THE CLASSROOM
There are several reasons you will want to consider adding the Cricut Joy machine to your classroom, even if you already have a larger Cricut machine at home. Here are my top five reasons:
- Because of its compact size, Cricut Joy makes creating classroom DIY projects simple! It easily fits in the palm of your hands and is super light, making the Cricut Joy easy to transport for on-the-go creating. Don’t let the size fool you! Though she be but little, she is fierce!
- The matless cutting feature makes customization a breeze. Easily cut long cuts or repeated cuts with no prep. Just click “Go” and walk away until it’s finished!
- It’s super easy to set up! With just one blade and easy-to-follow screen prompts, it’s the practical solution for all of your DIY classroom decor, labeling and crafting needs!
- This little machine creates DIY classroom projects quickly! Because of its smart technology, there is little fuss. Design, cut and adhere your design in 15 minutes or less.
- Don’t have WiFi in your classroom? No worries! The Cricut Joy works offline too! Just be sure to create your design on your desktop or mobile device beforehand, or download any fonts, images and projects while you have internet connection. With Cricut Design Space on desktop and mobile, you can create from virtually anywhere (even your classroom).
If you’re like me… once you start creating with this little machine, you will not want to stop! Believe me when I say that the Cricut Joy is my most favorite of all the Cricut cutting machines! You can literally start creating right out of the box! Simply create your design in Cricut’s free Design Space using the fonts and images saved on your device, or join Cricut Access to access over 100,000 cut-ready images, hundreds of fonts, and a growing collection of ready-to-make projects. The Cricut Joy comes with a 30 day free trial for new subscribers. Plus, you’ll have access to 50 free projects as soon as you open the box! Click here to get started with the Cricut Joy now!
DON’T FORGET IT… PIN IT!